Sapphire | Cobalt Blue – The September Birthstone
Sapphire is a deep, rich blue precious gem, a variety of the mineral corundum. It is the premier blue gemstone, the one against which all other blues are measured.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September and the traditional gift to commemorate a 45th wedding anniversary.
The name, sapphire, is derived from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning “blue stone.”
The sapphire has been prized as an important gemstone since 800 BC. Also called “celestial blue,” it is known as a wisdom stone and thought to symbolize heaven. Many ancients wore sapphires because they believed in their magical powers to give guidance and protection as well as attract divine favor and wise judgment. A great poet once described the sapphire as “the blue of a clear sky just minutes after sundown.”
For centuries sapphires have been used to decorate the robes of royalty and high ranking clergy, thus they came to be known as “royal gemstones.”
Sapphire | Cobalt Blue Sea Glass
For those born in the month of September, the gift of sapphire is thought to bring the wearer enhanced focus and self discipline. The color is also connected to the personality traits of wisdom and honesty and is believed to enhance the beauty of the wearer as well, a nice side benefit!
One doesn’t have to be born in September or be a member of the “rich and regal” to enjoy these benefits, however. Because very close in color and personality to the sapphire are our royal cobalt blue sea glass gems, made by man, burnished to perfection by nature and the perfect sea glass substitute for the sapphire.
A gift of a royal cobalt blue sea glass gem, especially to someone who appreciates the value and beauty of pure sea glass, is a gift like no other. No two royal cobalt blue sea glass gems are alike (except maybe for a painstakingly matched pair of cobalt blue sea glass earrings!).
Origins of Cobalt Blue Glass & Sea Glass
As with the sapphire gemstone, glass of royal deep cobalt color was popular as far back as the 1600s when one of the most well-known cobalt blue glass types, Bristol Blue, was introduced in England.
High quality cobalt was imported from Saxony (Germany) and was used in the manufacture of blue medicine bottles. Because the color blue was associated with wealth and prosperity, it was prized and adopted by Bristol Merchant Venturers to display their opulence to the rest of the world. The popularity of colored glass saw the introduction of the first deep cobalt blue handmade glassware for domestic use, and the name, Bristol Blue was born. (Courtesy Bristol Blue, USA)
Cobalt blue glass was also commonly used from the early 1800s through the 1970s for medicine bottles such as Bromo Seltzer, Vick’s Vapo Rub and Noxzema, as well as poison bottles, eye wash cups and ink wells.
In addition, the popular depression glass of the 1920s and 1930s was mass produced in many colors, including cobalt blue, for everything from pitchers, salt & peppers, vases & decorative bowls, glasses & plates.
One of most popular scents of the era, “Evening in Paris,” was bottled in different size and shape cobalt blue bottles from the 1920s through the 1960s.
So as you can imagine, all of these cobalt blue items are now the sources for the cherished, royal cobalt blue sea glass gems we are able to find today.
In general, the older the glass, the thicker it is. Much of the cobalt blue glass bottles and containers produced before 1910 were hand blown and they were intended to be re-used; thus the glass is thicker and more sturdy than most mass produced glass made today, all of which adds to the value of a pure, vintage cobalt blue sea glass jewelry design.
Sapphire Cobalt Blue Sea Glass Jewelry Collection
When you purchase a design from our sapphire, cobalt blue sea glass collection, whether it be a sea glass pendant/necklace, earrings, or bracelet, you are choosing a gift that cannot be replicated. Where there is rarity and authenticity, there is genuine value.
Any design you choose from our sapphire, cobalt blue sea glass jewelry collection is a gift of wisdom and renewal; wisdom being an attribute of the color and renewal which is intrinsically synonymous with sea glass.
It matters not that sapphire cobalt blue sea glass is not one of the “ultra rare sea glass colors,” for its popularity and value are mighty in the sea glass community. The color is that of the sea and sky and is considered beneficial to the mind and the body.
We invite you to browse through this special collection of genuine sea glass jewelry, and as you do, keep these important factors in mind.
- We use only genuine, beach collected sea glass.
- Our sea glass is not altered in shape, color or size.
- Our sea glass designs are hand made with sterling silver.
- We offer free priority shipping to you or your gift recipient.
- All items are available for immediate shipping.
- Each item is gift wrapped and we will include a handwritten note for you.
- We offer a money back guarantee is you are not completely satisfied.
Just remember this! A gift of sea glass is a gift of love!