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September Beauty: Sapphires

Lone Star SapphireThe Lone Star Sapphire, after which our company is named, is nearly 10,000 carats. It was discovered in 1989 in North Carolina. As it is much bigger than the closest Sapphire, it is “out in front.” Hence the name Lone Star.

​Sapphire, in Greek, means “Precious Stone”!  And so they are.  The bluer the better and more valuable.  Other colors, called “Fancy Sapphires”, include green, pink, violet, gray, black, and yellow, and are not quite as valuable (everything being relative). Star Sapphires round out the beauty showing off asterisms, which are imperfections that cause the beautiful six and twelve ray stars. Some have double asterisms in the same stone!

As the September birthstone, Sapphires have been associated with sincerity, constancy, insight, and truth.

Those who wear the stone are considered to be protected from thyroid problems, ear aches, speech impediments, blood problems, eye problems,  headaches, and nosebleeds.

Fascinating Sapphire Lore:

Sapphire’s main power encourages loyalty, truth, wisdom, and clear-thinking.

In the Bible, one of the twelve stones of fire embedded into the Breastplate of Aaron included a sapphire.

In Rome and Greece, people of prominence thought Sapphire could protect them from evil.

Star of India Sapphire
The Star of India – the largest Star Sapphire in the world.

Did you know? In the middle ages, a man would give his wife a sapphire necklace.  And if it got darker, she had been unfaithful.  I wonder how many wives lost their lives over that one!  The stone, then, became a stone of honesty and fidelity.

Interesting fact:  The term sapphire, used in the Bible, may have really been Lapis Lazuli.  Kinda makes sense since that’s the stone mentioned around Mount Sinai.

The Science Side of Sapphire

Sapphire is Corundum, a type of Aluminum Oxide. Depending on trace elements like iron, chromium, copper, titanium and magnesium, one or more which may get incorporated into this gem during the early stages of its formation, the Sapphire gets a variety of hues. Chromium imparts a pink or red tint to corundum, the former known as pink Sapphire and the latter known as Ruby.​ One of the four Precious Gemstones, Sapphire is the hardest substance​ next to diamond​ and its brilliant blue huPrince William and Kate Middleton Engagemente and ​hardness of 9 out of 10, making it an ideal ​gemstone for jewelry. The most famous of which is Kate Middleton‘s (the Duchess of Cambridge) blue sapphire ring,​ (formerly Princess Diana‘s ring)​ which Prince William gave her when​ they were betrothed.​

Some of our stock of Sapphires is pictured below, and includes stones small enough to replace what may be lost from your ring. Check out this Sapphire Buyer’s Guide to help you in your search.

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