Those born in September have a truly beautiful gemstone to claim as their birthstone…the sapphire. Although one traditionally thinks of “blue” as the color of sapphires, they actually can be found in a rainbow spectrum of color.
The word “sapphire” originates from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros”, both meaning blue. Ancient civilizations held sapphires in reverence believing that those born in September could benefit from its mysterious powers over health, intelligence and truth if they wore their birthstone as an amulet. Whether or not you put any stock into ancient lore, sapphires are considered one of the finest of all colorful gemstones.
Sapphires belong to the corundum mineral family, which also includes rubies. In actuality, rubies technically are “sapphires” by their chemical makeup, but with the only difference being their red color. They can be found in blue, pink, green, yellow, orange, purple, white and black. Any sapphires that aren’t blue, black or colorless are called “fancy sapphires” The only color that sapphires do not come in is red, because red corundum is called ruby.
Although not quite as hard as a diamond, a sapphire is extremely resilient and durable which is why they are perfect for fine jewelry and can make wonderful engagement rings due to their ability to stand up to daily wear. Diamonds rate 10 on the Mohs scale, followed by moissanite at 9.5 then sapphires at 9.
Today, the most famous sapphire engagement ring belongs to the Duchess of Cambridge which Prince William gave to her when he proposed with the ring that originally belonged to his mother Princess Diana.
Sapphires are mined on the Asian, Australian, African and South American continents. It is generally regarded that sapphires from Thailand or Ceylon are the finest due to their vivid hues and exceptional clarity.
Below are a few of my personal favorite picks for sapphire jewelry from my Pinterest board, Sapphires.
Georgian antique Ceylon sapphire ring
Belle Epoque sapphire and diamond brooch
Antique Russian sapphire and diamond earrings, circa 1920
6th - 7th century Byzantine gold, sapphire and pearl earrings
Antique yellow sapphire and diamond bracelet
Antique sapphire and diamond necklace, circa 1895
Reference: all photos from Pinterest
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