There is so much history and folklore connected with Sapphires I could go on for ever. But in an attempt to keep it short here are the highlights.
The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Although some believe that the name sapphire is derived from its association with the planet Saturn. The name can be roughly be translated to mean “dear to the planet Saturn” in many different languages.
Handy tip- You can tell whether it is a genuine sapphire by taking your sapphire and breathing on it to fog it up. Count how long it takes for the fog to start fading and how long until the fog is totally gone. Natural gems should clear up in just one or two seconds, but created sapphires may take closer to five seconds to clear up.
As well as being the birthstone for September, it is also the traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary, whereas a sapphire jubilee is 65 years.