A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.
September’s birthstone is Sapphire. Sapphires come in all colors except red. Not that red stones don’t exist, they are just called a different name and, yes, you are right, they are called Rubies. The Sapphire is just one of the four precious gemstones, the others being Diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds.
Natural Sapphires are mined from loose soil or sediments from primary underground workings. Countries such as Thailand, India, Pakistan and China are known to mine for these stones. Auguste Verneuil then developed the process for producing synthetic sapphire crystals. The natural Sapphire is said to value at $145,000 per carat.
A few years ago I visited a museum and was fortunate enough to come upon an exhibit of precious gems that I’ve only seen in books. It was the collection of Michael Scott, a former CEO of Apple. He started accumulating the gems after leaving the company and, one stone at a time, has finally acquired a collection enough to rival those of the royal family. The museum I went to displayed both the raw stones and the polished ones, showcasing them in different sizes, and sure enough, they all left me breathless. I couldn’t describe the awe I felt looking at them in their glass cages. I swear, even my heart beat a little bit faster gazing at their beauty. I understood then why people risk even their very lives to have these precious gems in their possession.
Far above than physical beauty the Bible says that “an excellent wife is worth far above jewels.” It also adds that “charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”
Yes, those gemstones are beautiful, worth more than what we could really afford even on a good day but we have to remember that the hands that formed them were the very same hands that formed us as well. Sapphires are valued at hundreds and thousands of dollars, and since we are worth far more than they do, we should value ourselves and other people more than those supposed precious stones that we dream of having.