September’s Birthstone :: Sapphire
Sapphire, the symbol of royal love
Welcome to this month’s birthstone beading project post! Our love affair with sapphires has been going on for centuries, but it came to a pinnacle when Princess Diana accepted a beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Great Britain’s Prince Charles. When Prince William gave the same ring to Catherine Middleton in 2010, the popularity of sapphires soared.
Here’s a little more information about this royal beauty:
- Color: Sapphires are in the corundum family and are found in all colors of the rainbow in nature–excepting red, which is a ruby. Though they’re the rich blue gemstone variety.
- Care: Sapphire ranks a 9 on the Mohs scale, making it a very durable gemstone. All it needs is an occasional warm soapy bath to stay clean and beautiful.
- Meanings & Properties: loyalty, nobility, sincerity, & integrity.
- Uses and Folklore: Sapphires were often worn by members of the clergy, as the royal blue color was associated with the deep blue of the heavens. The gemstone was also thought to attract heavenly blessings.
Fun Fact: A special orangy pink sapphire color is called padparadscha, which means “lotus flower” in Sinhalese, the language spoken in Sri Lanka. Stones from Sri Lanka were initially the only ones labeled with this marketable name. There’s no telling how many padparadschas have been sifted from Sri Lankan river gravel throughout history. Sri Lankans have a special affection for the color that’s traditionally been linked with their country.
Because sapphires are a prized and expensive gemstone, I’m using beautiful alternatives in this month’s birthstone project. These Czech glass faceted rounds have a gorgeous blue hue reminiscent of the royal sapphire. Bead Gallery® faceted rondelles shine with an iridescent glow from a light aurora borealis coating. These strands are all perfectly sized to create a woven Sapphire Hues bracelet that is a breeze to make, but looks like it took all day!
The only skills you need to have in your beading tool belt to make a Sapphire Hues bracelet of your own are stringing and how to crimp a crimp tube, so grab your tools and have a blast making this sparkling bracelet to celebrate the September season!
If you need to create a longer or shorter bracelet (this one measures around 7.5″), you can either add a bit of chain before the clasp, add or remove a few of the beads from each strand, or use an adjustable clasp.
Thank you for visiting, and don’t forget to visit again next week to see September’s Pretty Palettes reveal! For more information on how you can play along with me and the Halcraft team, read the September Pretty Palettes Inspiration blog post!