September birthstone rings make meaningful gifts. Deep blue and vibrant, sapphires have been treasured throughout history for their enduring beauty. Sapphire, September's birthstone, shares meaningful symbolism with the traditional Claddagh ring. Combining the two, a Claddagh ring with sapphire stone embodies trust, loyalty, sincerity and love.
Read on to learn how the legends and lore of these two powerful elements come together to make Sapphire Claddagh rings such meaningful gifts.
What Is The History Of Sapphire Birthstone Rings?
Sapphire gets its name from the Latin "Sapphiru," meaning "blue." For centuries, sapphire has been regarded as the premium blue gemstone. Sapphire has been found in nearly every continent in the world, from Asia to Africa; Australia to North America. Part of the corundum family of gemstones, sapphires are the second hardest gemstone, only outdone by diamonds.
What Legends Are Associated With Sapphire Birthstone Jewelry?
Many tales have been told of September's birthstone, making sapphire Claddagh rings very romantic gifts. Some of the legend and lore tied to sapphires include:
- Persian Legend: Ancient rulers of Persia believed a giant sapphire held the earth and that the sky's brilliant blue color was a reflection of the sapphire gemstone.
- Planet Venus: Celestial blue sapphire birthstones have long been connected to Venus and represent Friday, the day of the week also associated with the second planet from the sun. The association of women with Venus makes the sapphire Claddagh ring even more meaningful.
- The Spirit World: Ancient Greeks linked sapphires to Apollo. They wore a sapphire while consulting with an oracle, like the one at Delphi. It's said sapphire can tap into one's "third eye" and bring forth ideas too profound to be heard or understood. The gemstone was revered for its ability to influence spirits.
- Wealth: Sapphire was a popular gemstone with royalty because it was believed to produce wealth and banish fraud.
- Healing: Sapphires were said to heal the eyes, acted as an antidote to poison and aided in healing other ailments.
What Is The History Of The Gemstone Claddagh Ring?
The most likely origin of the Claddagh ring is tied to an Irishman named Richard Joyce. A native of Galway, Joyce set sail to work in the West Indies, intending to marry his sweetheart upon his return. En route to his destination, Joyce's ship was captured, and he was enslaved by a Moorish goldsmith who taught him the trade. Upon his release, he sailed back to his true love, presenting her with the first Claddagh ring, which he'd designed while being held captive. She said "yes," they were married, and the Claddagh ring began a rich tradition as a symbol of love, loyalty and friendship. A Claddagh ring with gemstone combines the storied history of the Claddagh with that of the gemstone.
What Is The Symbolism Of A Claddagh Ring + Sapphire?
A Claddagh ring, September's birthstone and the zodiac come together to create a gift that is soothing to behold and embraces some very powerful symbolism. Claddagh jewelry features a heart representing love, a pair of hands for friendship and a crown for loyalty. A sapphire birthstone ring given to another symbolizes a pledge of sincerity, trust and loyalty. And the zodiac purports those with a September birthday to be open-minded, versatile and affectionate. The combination of all these traits also makes a Claddagh ring with sapphire a wonderful gift.
P.S. A Claddagh sapphire ring is also a fabulous wedding ring!
How Do You Care For a Claddagh Ring With Gemstone?
The safest, most effective way to care for your blue sapphire Claddagh ring or earrings is to dip the jewelry in a small bowl filled with mild dish soap and water. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently whisk away any dirt or debris that has accumulated. Rinse in cool water, dry thoroughly and be amazed at the difference! You can take the same steps for your September birthstone necklace.
Wearing a Claddagh Ring
Your Claddagh ring–with sapphire or without–can be worn one of three ways:
- If you get a Claddagh ring early on in a relationship or if it's given in friendship, the customary position for your Claddagh ring is on the right hand with the heart facing outward as a sign you are available.
- If your heart is definitely not available, you should wear the Claddagh on the right hand with the heart facing inward to indicate you're not interested in pursuing a romance with anyone else.
- If your sapphire Claddagh ring is your engagement ring, wear it on your left hand with the heart facing inward.
Buy a Sapphire Irish Claddagh Ring & More at CladdaghRing.com
Sapphire Claddagh rings can be enjoyed by anyone who loves Celtic tradition and the color blue! Whether your heart is set on a lab-created sapphire Claddagh ring or you're just as thrilled with a birthstone Claddagh ring with a simulated sapphire, you'll find a gorgeous selection of September Birthstone Claddagh Rings at CladdaghRing.com
Our assortment of Claddagh birthstone jewelry encompasses all the classic elements of hands, heart and crown. Make your choice from settings of 14K gold or sterling silver with either lab-created sapphire or simulated sapphire. Along with Claddagh rings, you can create an ensemble by adding a Claddagh September birthstone necklace. Be sure to check out our Claddagh birthstone earrings, too! You're certain to find a wonderful birthday present.
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