Sapphires by shawn | September 16, 2022 Sapphire is the birthstone of September. Since the dawn of the millennium, these gorgeous gemstones have been associated with romance, royalty, tradition, and wisdom. The name Sapphire is derived from the Greek word “sappheiros” and the Latin word” saphirus,” both denoting blues. In ancient times, sapphires were a symbol of divine favor leading them to become the gemstone of choice for kings and high priests as early as 600BC. The ancient Persians believed that the earth was atop a sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. During the Middle Ages, the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize Heaven, and ordinary folks thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. Therefore, making this one of the most sacred gemstones. The use of sapphire by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and Prince Charles has popularized this gemstone as the ultimate choice for engagement and wedding rings. Royalty often wore sapphires for a multitude of reasons, which is why it is synonymous with the Stone of Royalty. Not only did the stone reputedly attract wealth, but it also purportedly protected the wearer from poison, envy, and infidelity. Traditionally, people have attributed this gem to the power to bring harmony between lovers as well as peace between adversaries. Sapphires are known as one of the hardiest gemstones as they rank a 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. They are part of the Corundum family of stones, rubies, and sapphires. Sapphires need little care and are suitable for daily wear due to their durability, as the GIA chart below references. “A livelier emerald twinkles in the grass, A purer sapphire melts into the sea” –Tennyson So, as you can see, for centuries, sapphires have been highly sought after, and sapphire jewelry can be yours at Tara Fine Jewelry Co.