What is a Sapphire?
Sapphire is a precious stone or gem that is a form of corundum, a hard mineral of aluminum oxide. Sapphire is prized for its translucent beauty. It is the focal point of many pieces of fine jewelry. Sapphires can be set in pendants, rings, earrings, brooches and tiaras.
Sapphire is usually thought of as a deep blue gem. However, sapphire is found in many different shades of blue, as well as many other colors. Sapphires that are any color other than blue are called fancy sapphires. Fancy sapphires can be orange, yellow, green, pink, or purple. Red sapphires are called rubies.
A Sapphire’s True Meaning
Sapphires are a favorite choice for engagement rings because of the emotions associated with them. Sapphire is symbolic of love, permanence, loyalty and trust. Sapphire is also the birthstone for those born in September, which provides even more sentiment to an already beautiful piece of jewelry.
A Sapphire’s Mystic Power
There are numerous beliefs, superstitions and folklore that is associated with the blue sapphire gemstone. It is believed to give the wearer everything that he or she desires - health, wealth, longevity and happiness. This gem also restores lost wealth and property, counteracts the envy of enemies and removes the evil eye, protects one from dangers and mental unrest and alleviates long-term misfortune. It is also believed to improve fertility in women.