September birthstone: Sapphire

Birthstone Jewelry

Many gem scholars agree that the tradition of birthstones arose from the Breastplate of Aaron described in the Bible (Exodus 28, 15-30). The breastplate was a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel and corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.

Sapphire is the modern September birthstone and the gem designated for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversary; a star sapphire is typically given on the 65th wedding anniversary.

Sapphire is a variety of the mineral species corundum. Sapphires occur in all colors of the rainbow with the exception of red, which is ruby. The name corundum comes from the ancient Sanskrit “kuruvindam”, while the name “Sapphire” comes from the Persian word “safir”, meaning “beloved of Saturn”, (or Greek sapphiros). It is noted in several texts that sapphire was the lapis lazuli of the ancient world, probably because the stones both have the same intense blue coloring.

Sapphire is mined in Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Other producers are Burma, Kampuchea, Kenya and Tanzania. Sapphires are commonly heated to improve their color and reduce cloudiness that is caused by rutile inclusions. The rutile inclusions are responsible for the “star” or “cat’s eye” in star sapphires.

Sapphires found on Etsy

After doing a search on etsy for sapphires, I was amazed at the incredible variety available.  I was also stunned at how high-end some of the listings are.  Here’s the most expensive listing on etsy that has sapphires in it.  It retails for $35,000!  Although not a member of etsyBEAD, the designer certainly has a creation worth mentioning.

The Queens Crown- 14kt Handcrafted Pendant with Diamonds, Emeralds, Sapphires and Pearls

This luscious pair of earrings is from etsyBEAD’s very own Glamorosi and feature blue sapphires as well as another blue stone, kyanite.

Glamorosi - Kyanite Earrings with Sapphire, Vintage Glass, Sterling Silver - Something Blue 

 

 

 

 

Glamorosi - Kyanite Earrings with Sapphire, Vintage Glass, Sterling Silver - Something Blue

This gorgeous necklace from one of etsyBEAD’s newer members, beadyIze, showcases the variety of hues with all blue sapphires in a terrific cascade.

Necklace - Sapphire Fade - Sapphire and Sterling Silver, September Birthstone

beadyIze – Sapphire Fade – Sapphire and Sterling Silver, September Birthstone

Remember, sapphires don’t just come in blue, as Nomolos Design shows us in their spectacular matching necklace and earrings called ‘harvest’.

Harvest
Harvest by Nomolos Design

The above set by Nomolos Design is also part of our current bi-weekly etsyBEAD Theme of the Week sale.  be sure to take a look at all the amazing pieces featured in this sale, both with and without sapphires!!

EtsyBEAD Theme of the Week SALE search

EBTW etsyBEAD Theme of the Week: Wine Country

Our new theme for the etsyBEAD Bi-Weekly Theme of the Week (ebtw) is “Wine Country”, chosen by Pam of Cool Jewelry Design.

etsyBEAD members will select items in their shops (or create brand new ones!) that match this current theme and put them on sale, just for you. Each EBTW item will have the tags “ebtw” and “wine country”, so you can search for these beautiful sale items easily.

So be on the lookout for all these wonderful items, all at special SALE prices for TWO WEEKS only!

This EBTW sale runs from Sunday 9/21 through Saturday 10/4. Check back often as our street team members may add new items throughout the week!

Happy shopping! Here’s the link to the search to get started:

EtsyBEAD Bi-Weekly Theme of the Week sale search

Here are a few of the items currently on sale:

Napa Grapes - Wine Country Sale - EBTW - Cape amethyst, sterling, etc., bracelet
Napa Grapes – Wine Country Sale – EBTW – Cape amethyst, sterling, etc., bracelet
Flower pearl and Tourmaline Necklace
Flower pearl and Tourmaline Necklace
SALE for EBTW - etsyBEAD - Ceramic and copper 26 inch necklace and earrings
SALE for EBTW – etsyBEAD – Ceramic and copper 26 inch necklace and earrings

 

Paper Beads - Grapevine - Lot of 20 beads - Wine Country Theme Sale - ebtw
Paper Beads – Grapevine – Lot of 20 beads – Wine Country Theme Sale – ebtw
EBTW SALE - Lampwork Heart Cell Phone Charm or Zipper Pull
EBTW SALE – Lampwork Heart Cell Phone Charm or Zipper Pull
Red Wine Cross Necklace (your choice)
Red Wine Cross Necklace (your choice)
Spice - SALE - EBTW Wine Country

Spice - SALE - EBTW Wine Country

HARVEST (ebtw)

HARVEST (ebtw)

 

SALE for EBTW - etsyBEAD - WINE COUNTRY - 16x20 black and white waterfall fine art photograph poster

SALE for EBTW - etsyBEAD - WINE COUNTRY - 16x20 black and white waterfall fine art photograph poster

member spotlight: Barbara Beads

Heather Loves Green... Necklace

Heather Loves Green... Necklace

Name:  Barbara

Etsy shop name: Barbara Beads

Blog: Barbara Beads

Location: Rockledge, FL

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations? Beads, Swarovski crystal, semi-precious stones, vintage beads, sterling silver and anything that is unique, fun or different.

 

2. How did you get into this form of art? I saw something in a store that was far outside my price range but I thought, “hey, I could make that.” So I did!  That was the beginning over 7 years ago.  Since then, my creativity and love of color have taken over and I enjoy using jewelry making  as one of my creative outlets.

 

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you? Oh everything can be inspiring. Particularly, I find that my friends and fans inspire me. An outfit, a dress, a color can launch a work of art. The beads usually do speak to me. Usually, many of them speak to me at once and bam, suddenly I have a whole necklace done.

 

4. Do you have any particular influences? More than anything I think color influences me. I love having monochromatic pieces but taking them to the next level.

 

5. Do you have a certain design style? Fun! Don’t get me wrong, I love sophistication too, but I love to have a bit of fun with my jewelry. Sometimes that means bold color and others it’s a sparkly dangle or something a little more subtle.

 

6. What is your favorite technique? I love using sterling silver chain and wire wrapping beads onto them for dangly pieces and earrings.  

 

7. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?

For right now, www.barbarabeads.etsy.com is the only place to find my work.

 

8. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?

The best thing about being part of the group is chatting with everyone and seeing their work during the bi-weekly promotion.

 

 

Just Like a Star in the Sky Necklace

Just Like a Star in the Sky Necklace

Come Sail Away... Caribbean Blues Necklace

Come Sail Away... Caribbean Blues Necklace

Pink Flowers in a Meadow Necklace

Pink Flowers in a Meadow Necklace

 
Denim Dreams Necklace

Denim Dreams Necklace