Greetings Beaders, Leah here from Eureka Crystal Beads! I’m excited to bring you the 5th installment of 12: Birthstones! At the beginning of each month I’ll bring you a blog that is chock-full of everything you might want to know about that month’s stone. Were you born this month? If so, you might take particular interest in my fifth blog in this series: SAPPHIRE, the birthstone for September.
A Sapphire is a precious gemstone, a variety of the mineral Corundum. It’s typically blue, but natural “fancy” sapphires also occur in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors. Sapphires can also be grey, black, or colorless.
A highly sought after Sapphire color is a pinkish-orange variety called Padparadscha. (Swarovski has a crystal color by that very name and it’s utterly stunning and a wallet-friendly alternative if you’re looking to add this unique color to your wardrobe!)
The only color which sapphire cannot be is red – as red colored Corundum is called a Ruby! Pink colored corundum may be either classified as Sapphire or Ruby depending on locale. Sapphires are a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, and is the third hardest mineral. This durability makes them a fantastic choice for an engagement ring if you’re looking for something other than a Diamond. If you’d like a Swarovski alternative for a traditional “Sapphire blue” color, you can check out Swarovski’s “Sapphire” or, a color I also like as an alternative, “Montana Blue!” Fun Fact: The state of Montana is where most U.S. Sapphires are mined! (Sapphires are also mined in Eastern Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Madagascar, and East Africa.
If you’re a believer in the metaphysical properties of stones, Sapphire is thought to increase/enhance intuition, mental clarity, and spiritual power, all of which can assist in personal and spiritual growth. A stone of spiritual healing and spiritual truth, Blue Sapphire is useful when channeling healing energies from the Angelic Realm or a higher source! It’s also known as The Wisdom Stone.
Do you want to wear some of that wisdom? Consider using a 12mm Sapphire Swarovski Crystal Rivoli to make yourself a lovely pendant! If you don’t know how, check out my video tutorial on the Eureka Crystal Beads YouTube Channel!
Ok faithful readers, I hope you learned some new facts about September’s varied and versatile colored gemstone as well as some great Swarovski Crystal alternatives to the real thing that we carry in many shapes and sizes on our website!
Until next time!