You may not be aware of this, but there is a royal wedding fast approaching. This is assuming you’ve been in a coma or have no recent access to television or the Internet.
Though not as historic as the royal wedding jewelry, we feel that you deserve a little royal treatment with our new offerings of vintage blue sapphire jewelry.
Prince William chose to give his betrothed Kate Middleton the same 18 carat blue sapphire and diamond ring his father, the Prince of Wales, gave his mother in February of 1981. William says it’s his way of having his mother be a part of the wedding day.
As a symbol of loyalty, constancy, love and honesty, the sapphire has long been a part of the crown jewels of Britain. The Stuart Sapphire first graced crown jewels in 1214, starting with the crown of King Alexander II of Scotland, passing through the imperial ranks until 1838, when Queen Victoria had it set into the Imperial State Crown.
Among the Queen’s most cherished items is the Prince Albert Brooch, a beautiful sapphire given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert the day before their wedding.
According to legend sapphire is the sacred stone of the sun god Apollo. The stone possesses light & dark blue reflecting “the kingdom of heaven Sacred Stone”. In ancient times, sapphire was used to decorate places of worship, and as a ritual tribute by many Middle Eastern cultures. Specifically, the Persians think that the earth is supported by a huge sapphire, and the sapphire’s blue color reflects to the sky giving us blue eyes.
The sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. In 1870, Tiffany and Co. published a pamphlet containing verses that related to gemstones associated with birth month. September’s poem reads:
A maiden born when autumn leaves
are rustling in September’s breeze,
a sapphire on her brow should bind;
to bring her joy and peace of mind.
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