Sapphires – especially when they come in blue, have been gaining in popularity for years. Their unique beauty has been tantalising jewellery lovers all over the world. Sapphires come in all hues, from colourless to yellow, pink and of course, it’s very famous blue colour. Even blue sapphires themselves come in almost every blue, from very pale blue right through to vibrant purplish blue. But as a representative for this September the blue sapphire takes centre stage.
Believed to ward against evil and poisoning, it was given to kings and royalty. It was once believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire.
The sapphire also symbolizes love, purity and wisdom, making it a perfect symbolic stone for engagement rings. The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word ““saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Rulers of ancient Persia believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of sapphire stones. A poet once described the sapphire as “the blue of a clear sky just minutes after sundown.” Blue sapphires were also given to priests as a holy stone.