September Birthstone: Sapphire!
What is a Sapphire?
Physical & Spiritual Healing Properties
In ancient Greece and Rome, kings and queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm. During the Middle Ages, the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize Heaven, and ordinary folks thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. In other times and places, people instilled sapphires with the power to guard chastity, make peace between enemies, influence spirits, and reveal the secrets of oracles.
A stone of prosperity, Sapphire sustains life force and attracts joy and peace. Sapphire helps to open the mind to beauty and intuition. It is a stone of wisdom, with each color containing its own unique energy vibration and information.
Physically, Blue Sapphire can assist with healing on a cellular level, blood disorders, eye issues and general stress. Blue Sapphire has been used as an aid to ease depression, anxiety and insomnia.
How to care for your Sapphire
Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire) is relatively hard—9 on the Mohs scale. It has excellent toughness and no cleavage, which is a tendency to break when struck. This makes it a great choice for rings and other mountings subject to daily wear.
Corundum is stable under normal wearing conditions, which means it’s resistant to the effects of heat, light, and common chemicals. Fracture-filled, cavity-filled, and dyed stones can be damaged by even mild acids like lemon juice.
Warm, soapy water is always safe. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually safe for untreated, heat-treated, and lattice diffusion treated stones. Fracture-filled, cavity-filled, or dyed material should only be cleaned with a damp cloth.