If you're a Virgo or Libra with a September birthday, sapphires are your go-to gem—but that's not the only reason to be drawn to these alluring stones. From modern significance and basic facts to mysteries and myths, take an in-depth look at sapphires.
Sapphires have long been considered timeless totems of purity that protect from harm, promote longevity, and safeguard virtue and loyalty. Ancient Persians justified the age-old question of "why is the sky blue" by believing it reflected a sapphire pedestal supporting the Earth. Need an antidote for a snake, spider or scorpion sting? According to tradition in India, sink sapphires in water and drink the resulting elixir to neutralize venomous bites. Think you’re the next "Long Island Medium"? Wear sapphires to strengthen your powers of prophecy and intuition. Or maybe you want a "Game of Thrones" alternative to hacking your S.O.’s email? Medieval lore believed that a sapphire’s blue color would darken if worn by the unfaithful.
Sapphire Science & Industry
Today, the appeal of sapphires is much more practical. Rating a 9 on the Mohs scale, the sapphire ranks just beneath the diamond in hardness—ideal for a lifetime of everyday wear. Luxury watchmakers even use tiny sapphires in the works of their timepieces due to their distinct durability.
Sapphires are sourced from areas that combine the perfect combination of ancient river rock and volcanic basalt. Myanmar and Australia boast the richest deposits but Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar and also Montana support commercial mining.
It’s a Clear Blue Sign
Sapphires are thought of as September’s birthstone, but according to other astrological and Eastern traditions, they have significance to other birth dates. Western astrological aficionados say sapphires amplify Taurus’ patient and loyal natures while stabilizing their tendencies toward jealousy. The Chinese zodiac deems sapphires a lucky gem for those born in the Year of the Tiger.
Sapphires soared in popularity thanks to Kate Middleton’s engagement ring from Prince William. It also once belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana. But what really makes Kate’s stunner romantic is the stone’s association with trust and loyalty—they’re even the traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary. Looks like her charming prince is in it for the long run.
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