Sapphire is the birthstone of September. The word “sapphire” means “clear thinking” but it can also be translated to “dear to planet Saturn” in some languages. Some claim that name sapphire is derived from a combination of the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Others believe that it originated from its association with the planet Saturn.
Sapphire is a very unique gemstone with a wide array of applications. Though it is commonly used to make birthstone jewelry, it can also be used for everything from infrared optical components and crystals to knife blades and windows.
Sapphire can be found naturally in mines. For example, a huge deposit of the stone was found in the small village of Ilakaka, Madagascar in 1998. Madagascar now accounts for about 50% of the world’s sapphires.
The Sapphire has a rich and revered history. Legend holds that the words of The 10 Commandments were written on a tablet made out of sapphire. Keep that in mind next time you go shopping for a Cubiz Zirconia with sapphire gems.