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Getting to Know the Sapphire: The Gem of Nobility

Perhaps one of the most well-known gemstones out there, Sapphires are renowned for much more than their title as the September birthstone. When it comes to choosing a piece, all of us at Sorg Jewelers want our clients to feel completely in the loop from start to finish. Join us on this month’s birthstone journey as we uncover and learn about the intrigue of the romantic sapphire.

The Deep Blue Stone to Top All Others…Right? 

Throughout pop and historical culture, sapphires have been known to represent nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. This recognizable stone has adorned the outfits and walls of royalty and their castles for centuries upon centuries, and its deep blue hue has all but become the standard against which other blue colored gems are measured. There are, however, any array of colors in which this stone comes, from yellow and green to pink and white. Though it is known far and wide as the “only sapphire”, the classic blue we have grown to love is not the only option we have. 

Sapphires and the Church: The Holy Stone 

In Ancient Greek it was common practice to wear sapphires for guidance when seeking answers from the oracle. Those who practiced Buddhisim believed that the stones brought spiritual enlightenment, and Hindus frequently used it during worship. Some of the first self-proclaimed Christian kings believed sapphire’s to present powers of protection and used them in ecclesiastical rings.

Ancient Hebrew religions taught that the Ten Commandments were engraved on tablets of sapphire instead of stone, though historians have learned that the blue gemstone referenced in the Bible was most likely lapis lazuli.

It was believed that wearing or displaying this “holy” stone would protect against impure thoughts and actions. Those who believed in these special powers also claimed that the gem wouldn’t shine if worn by someone who wasn’t chaste and pure.

Sapphires in Pop Culture: Princess Diana 

Already a beloved stone, sapphires skyrocketed further into popularity when one was first spotted on the finger of Princess Diana in 1981. This solidified the tie between royalty and sapphires, and began the gemstone engagement surge which has only grown since. The day Princess Di chose her ring, the decision was easy. Upon reaching for the sapphire stunner, the Queen asked: “And you like that one because?” Diana replied: “Because it reminds me of my mother’s engagement ring, and it’s the same colour as my eyes.

At Sorg Jewelers we pride ourselves on service, having offered outstanding guidance and craftsmanship for over 120 years. From custom pieces to folkloric traditions, we have you covered from the moment you walk through our doors. Have more questions about the world of sapphires? Do you have a stone you’d like to see a deep dive done on? Let us know! Visit our website for more!