"A Sapphire on her brow..."

“A maiden born when autumn leaves

Are rustling in September’s breeze,

A Sapphire on her brow should bind,

‘Twill cure diseases of the mind.”

-Traditional Birthstone Poem, possibly by Harriet Bishop

Hello to our lovely H&A friends and family! It feels like we haven't talked in a very long time! August had been a busy one for us, all thanks to you! We are fully ready to take on September to the fullest. To honor this wonderful month, let’s take some time together to learn about this months' beautiful birthstone!

Sapphires have been one of the most beloved gemstones for a very long time. Its traditional deep royal blue hues give off elegance and beauty that everyone can recognize and appreciate. Below are 15 facts you may or may have not known about sapphires! Some of the facts are sure to surprise you!

1. It is believed that the word “sapphire” is derived either from the Greek word “sappheiros," which means "blue stone." or the Persian word “Safir” meaning “beloved of Saturn,”.

2. Despite their traditional blue appearance, sapphires are also found in a variety of almost every color including violet, dark gray, orange, yellow, pink, green and black. One of the rarest colors of sapphire is called “Padparadscha,” meaning “Lotus color.” It is both orange and pink simultaneously and quite sought after.

3. Sapphires were discovered in Kashmir around 1881 when a landslide high in the Himalayas exposed a large pocket of eye catching cornflower blue crystals.

4. Centuries ago, some people believed that sapphires brought fulfillment, joy, prosperity, inner peace and beauty. In the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed that a sapphire was able to suppress a person's negative thoughts. Many would use sapphires in talismans.

5. Sapphires are versatile and durable, which may be a reason that Sapphire accent stones in engagement rings have gained popularity recently. The jewelry industry has been seeing a number of people break the mold of traditional engagement rings by incorporating colored stones into their bridal set.