On Sept. 6-7, I'll be selling Linda B's handbeaded gemstone and glass jewelry at the Banbury Fest in Bartlett, IL. Mention the word "peridot" for an extra discount. At the show, you can see my new uniqely-designed sapphire earrings and other creations. I also take custom orders.
September's birthstone is sapphire. It is also given for anniversaries of the 5th,
23rd and 45th years of marriage. For the 65th anniversary, a star sapphire is given.
The word sapphire is from the ancient Greek word for blue, "sapphirus." Of course, sapphires, like most precious gems, have a time-honored association with priests (who considered them symbolic of purity) and kings (who considered them symbolic of wisdom.)
Gemstone Qualities: Sapphires brings mental clarity and clears mental garbage. Blue is the color of healing and tranquility, related to the 4th or throat chakra. It is said a necklace of sapphires will cure a sore throat. Sapphires promote financial rewards, and are the the symbol of heaven and joyful devotion to God.
Today most sapphires are mined in Australia.
Star of India - Largest Sapphire
Because of the way in which corundum crystals are formed, large sapphires are rare…and valuable. The priceless 563-carat Star of India, on display at New York City's Museum of Natural History, is the largest and most famous of "star sapphires" (sapphires that are cut to reflect light from inclusions within the stone to reveal a bright six-legged star pattern).
I also have some green items from the green with envy EtsyBead street team. In fact, one of my bracelets made it into an Etsy Treasury.