At Victoria's Jewels we know the meaning of each stone we sell. The magnificent and holy Sapphire, in all its celestial hues, is a stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. It is forever associated with sacred things and considered the gem of gems, a jewel steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion. To the ancient and medieval world, Sapphire of heavenly blue signified the height of celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.
Most commonly known for its shades of celestial blue, sapphires actually come in almost every color - yellow, orange, pink, purple, green, colorless, and black but not red, which is exclusive to its sister ruby in the corundum family. Next to diamond, sapphire is the second hardest gemstone.
September's birthstone, sapphire is also the preferred gift for the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries. Sapphires are routinely enhanced by traditional heating methods to intensify color and / or improve clarity. Although, natural unheated sapphires are available. Consult your jeweler for the best cleaning solutions.