Sapphire has held a special place in the hearts and minds of mankind ever since the first pebbles of this lovely blue corundum were found in Indian and Asian rivers centuries ago.
Blue Sapphire was valued by ancient Hindu mystics as the key to developing wisdom and spiritual progress. By Roman times, Blue Sapphires were used as beads, ring stones, carved intaglios and pendant stones, because they were said to attract divine favor to their owners.
All through the Middle Ages, Sapphires were alleged to bring a great destiny to their wearers, and were often used in court and royal jewelry. Alchemists believed that Blue Sapphires would help them develop clairvoyance, telepathy and divine wisdom.
Today Blue Sapphire is the September birthstone, and has become one of the world's most popular gems.
Fancy colored Sapphires are those colors of corundum that are not considered Ruby or Blue Sapphire. They can come in green, violet, purple, yellow, gold, pink, light orange, and the famous pinkish-orange color known as Padparasdscha, named for the Hindu word "lotus" With the magnificent range of Sapphire colors available at all price levels today, Sapphire is not just the gem of wisdom; it's a wise jewelry buy as well.