The blue sapphire is the birthstone of the month of September. It is a rather popular precious gemstone, wanted by all the VIP’s and I’ll bet also you! There is so much to tell about the blue sapphire. So read the blog post and find out.

My most precious gift, the blue sapphire ring

I get a special feeling when I see a piece of jewelry with sapphire gemstones. My husband and I visited Thailand; it was our first holiday together. My husband found out that I am a lot more adventurous than he is: I like sleeping in a treehouse/tent and don’t mind washing in the river nearby. That was more or less a shock for him, but he came over it. Back in Bangkok, he wants to buy me a ring. And I know exactly what I wanted: a white gold ring, with little blue sapphires and diamonds. And I really did not know why I wanted a ring just like that?

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Princess Diana blue sapphire engagement ring

In that time princess, Diana married Prince Charles of Great Brittain and she wore a big white gold ring with big sapphires and diamonds. I did not pay attention to the engagement announcement on the television, I just looked at the ring. Sapphires really can get to you: those high blue sparkling gemstones, that cannot be scratched, only by diamonds. Later I understood that sapphires are the symbol of attracting wealth and can protect the wearer from envy and infidelity ánd it helps to banish fraud. Maybe I felt that emotionally, choosing my ring.

But sapphires are much more than that. Let’s dive into the history of this beautiful gem:

The blue sapphire in Greek legends

In Greek history is a great story about Helen of Troy, who owns a large star sapphire. It is not clear whether her thirty suitors vying for her hand, are more interested in Helen or in the gemstone. Even in those days, such a gemstone was very valuable. Anyway because of political reasons she marries King Menelaus of Sparta. But she is abducted by Paris, a very handsome man. This love story causes the Trojan War. Nobody knows whether the beautiful Helen, who ‘launched a thousand ships’ owes her lovely Paris to the attraction of the star sapphire or her own beauty?

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The blue sapphire in Greek legends

In Greek history is a great story about Helen of Troy, who owns a large star sapphire. It is not clear whether her thirty suitors vying for her hand, are more interested in Helen or in the gemstone. Even in those days, such a gemstone was very valuable. Anyway because of political reasons she marries King Menelaus of Sparta. But she is abducted by Paris, a very handsome man. This love story causes the Trojan War. Nobody knows whether the beautiful Helen, who ‘launched a thousand ships’ owes her lovely Paris to the attraction of the star sapphire or her own beauty?

The blue sapphire in the Bible

In ancient Persia (now Iran) they believe that the sapphire is a piece of the pedestal, that supports the earth. The blue color of the sapphire gives the sky its color. Sapphire is also mentioned in the Bible as one of the twelve gemstones that Mozes got, to set it in the breastplate of Aaron, the high priest. Besides that, the city walls of Jerusalem have sapphires in the foundations.

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The blue sapphire in history

Charlemagne (747-814 AD) was a very high and mighty ruler in Western Europe and the first great monarch of France and Germany after the fall of the Roman Empire. In that time sapphires symbolizes heaven and the promise of eternal salvation. Charlemagne, being a very religious man, owns an amulet with the relic of the True Cross placed between two big sapphires.

That jewel is buried with Charlemagne, but Otto III exhumes it. The wife of Napoleon, Josephine de Beauharnais, wore the sapphires at her coronation in 1814, passes it to Napoleon III and after his death, it is given to the Archbishop of Reims (France).

You get the power and I get the money!

At the beginning of the 13th-century pope, Innocent III has a lot of quarrels with King John of England. Finally, they agree that the King gets the power of the country and the pope can raise tribute of service money. As a part of the truce, the pope gives the king a ring with four gemstones: an emerald, a sapphire, an opal, and a topaz. These stones represent virtues, that according to the pope are useful for the king (virtue of faith, hope, good works, and charity).

The blue sapphire has the power to travel

Tsar Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584) of Russia loved sapphires. And some rumors are telling that he died by poisoning. Although sapphires should have the ability to neutralize poison! Two centuries later Catherine the Great (1729-1796) inherits the love for expensive gemstones. An admirer gives her a sapphire of 337 carats, which is added to the Romanoff Jewelry. During WW I the sapphire is sold to finance a hospital.

But the blue sapphire stays in the family

Napoleon Bonaparte (1763-1814) and his wife Josephine de Beauharnais love gemstones too. One of her favorites is the jewel set that is owned by Marie Antoinette until she dies on the scaffold. That jewel set has 29 sapphires and some of them are more than 20 carats.

The blue sapphire and the VIP

Shah Jahan (1592-1666) of India gives the order to build the Peacock Throne. That throne has two enormous peacocks at the back with spreading feathers. The feathers are decorated with blue sapphires, diamonds, rubies, and pearls; even the Koh-i-Noor diamond was set in the throne. After a war, the throne moves to Persia/Iran en is destroyed.

Another sapphire lover (and also rubies) is King Mindon of Burma (1808-1878), now Myanmar. Burma possesses a big amount of sapphires in the Mogok Valley. They are of very high quality. When King Mindon moves his capital to Mandalay, he buries a trove of sapphires and rubies under his palace, in order to please the spirits or nats. He promotes the exploitation of the sapphires and he wants to see every sapphire that comes out of the mines. And he keeps the biggest ones as tax.

His son inherits a great number of precious pieces of jewelry. When the British invade Burma and Mandalay in 1885, the king sends away and the royal jewel box is entrusted to a British Officer: and we never heard of that royal treasure again.

The Hollywood rich and famous love them

Not only royals love sapphires, but also others wanted pieces of jewelry with blue sapphires. But they were so expensive, that only very rich people can afford them: like the stars of Hollywood. Mary Pickford owned the two gorgeous and big sapphires: ‘the Star of Bombay’ and ‘the Star of India’. Jean Harlow gets a 150-carat sapphire engagement ring and Joan Crawford gets one from her second husband, but that one is ‘only’ 70 carat. It seems that sapphire is popular in an engagement ring since Elisabeth Taylor and princes Diana got one too.

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The star sapphire

The star sapphire that is even higher prized than the blue sapphire, is used for talismanic purposes. Sir Richard Francis Burton ( a famous adventurer and diplomate) has a large star sapphire, that he took along his travels. He thought it brings him luck.

Sapphire is also called asteria or the ‘stone of destiny’. The star has six ‘points’ and every point is connected with a point on the opposite side. So there were three crossbars (6 points connected makes 3 cross bars) and every crossbar is linked in Christian mythology with ‘faith’, ‘hope’ and ‘destiny’. Such a talisman can ward off the evil eye and can lead the travelers in the right direction and protect them from illness and other bad things on the way. It is said that you give a star sapphire on someone’s 65th wedding anniversary: I want rather have it a bit earlier.

Sapphire, the birthstone of September

Sapphire, the birthstone of September, but also a popular stone in an engagement ring, has a great blue color, that makes your heart shine as the sun in the sapphire sky. It ’s hard not to love this beautiful piece of nature and it’s even better to have this gemstone on your neck or in your ears. And an additional advantage is that it leads you the way (no need of GPS anymore), it saves you from poisoning and it attracts wealth. And that is a hard one: because you need a bit of wealth before you can buy a sapphire or…. find a wealthy partner!

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