If you’re celebrating a September birthday, you’ll be pleased to know that there are many reasons to be proud of your birthstone. The sapphire, one of only four true precious stones, has been highly sought after since ancient times. It is valued not only for its beauty and symbolism, but also for its practical use. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this birthstone so popular.
What Makes a Sapphire
The sapphire is one of three varieties of corundum; the other two are the ruby (when red) and padparadscha (when pinkish orange). Although sapphires are most commonly associated with a piercing blue color, the presence of trace elements can also form yellow, orange, green or purple hues.
Sapphires are the third-hardest mineral, with only diamonds and moissanite ranking higher on the Mohs Scale. They are visually unique as well, thanks to their needle-like inclusions (called asterism). In fact, shining an overhead light on certain stones makes a six-pointed star appear within the stone.
While sapphires can also be produced artificially, they are primarily mined in Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Madagascar and the United States.
Interesting Sapphire Facts
According to the Gemological Institute of America, sapphires have traditionally symbolized nobility, truth, sincerity and faithfulness, and have been regularly associated with royalty and romance. Prince Charles offered a blue sapphire ring to Lady Diana for their engagement.
And while sapphires have been known to grace the fingers of royalty, odds are there’s one in your pocket right now. Since sapphires are extremely scratch-resistant and highly transparent to certain wavelengths of light, they are widely used in electronics. Sapphire ‘glass’ is used to cover the Apple Watch display and the rear camera in newer iPhones. They are also used in grocery store barcode scanners and even in some body armor suits used by the military.
Whether you’re drawn to its historical significance or its high-tech uses, the sapphire is a birthstone that will make you proud.
Jeff Johnson & Co. is a full-service jeweler located in Upper Arlington, Ohio. We specialize in custom engagement rings, keepsakes for significant moments, and giving new life to family heirlooms. Our gemologists are trained by the Gemological Institute of America, and they work closely with each customer to ensure that we meet your vision and beyond. Stop by our showroom at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd. (off Henderson Road), call 614-459-8890, orwww.jjandcompany.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Jeff Johnson & Co.