One of the world’s most treasured and valuable gemstones, sapphires are believed to bring protection, prosperity, and safety to people that wear them. While this September birthstone is most commonly known for brilliant blue hues, sapphires also come in other colors, including pink, yellow and even black.
For centuries, kings, queens and princesses have trusted sapphires to bring luck and security to them and their constituents. One of the most famous sapphire rings in recent history is the late Princess Diana’s stunning 12-carat, oval sapphire engagement ring. This gorgeous ring is now worn by her son’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be royalty to enjoy the beauty of sapphires. As the September birthstone, sapphires are a perfect way to bestow the gift of prosperity and good fortune upon a loved one. Sapphires are gorgeous in earrings, pendants, bracelets and, of course, rings. While blue sapphires stones are a classic choice, giving someone celebrating a September birthday a pink or yellow sapphire is a unique twist.
Sapphires are composed of the mineral corundum, consisting of aluminum oxide and small amounts of iron, titanium, chromium, vanadium, or magnesium. While most sapphires are blue, they can also be yellow, pink, orange or a mix of two colors. In fact, all non-red corundum gems are considered sapphires.
Blue stones are the most valuable, particularly velvety blue to violet-purple blue. While most sapphires are under two carats, some of the world’s top museums showcase rare and enormous stones, including the American Museum of Natural History's Star of India sapphire, which weighs 563.4 carats, and National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.’s Blue Belle of Asia, which clocks in at a stunning 733 carats.
The word sapphire comes from the Latin word saphirus and the Greek word sapheiros, which both translate to blue. Sapphires have been revered for centuries, including in ancient Greek and Roman societies, where leaders trusted sapphires to protect them and bring prosperity. Later, kings and queens shared those beliefs and would include sapphires in crowns, jewelry and amulets.
Sapphires can be found around the world, including Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, and the U.S., where most sapphires come from Montana and North Carolina.
No matter the color, sapphires are an extremely durable stone, measuring a 9 out of 10 on the hardness scale (diamonds are a 10), making them ideal for everyday wear in pieces like earrings and rings. To clean your sapphire, use a mixture of mild dish soap and water and gently brush the stone with a soft toothbrush. You can also use jewelry cleaner or an ultrasonic cleaner.
Sapphires are a way to honor a September birthday and treat your loved one with a valuable and gorgeous gemstone. At Peter Franklin Jewelers, our customer service professionals can help you select the perfect sapphire birthstone jewelry. We offer a wide selection of sapphire September birthstone jewelry, including sapphire rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets. Visit our three Northeast Indiana locations in Angola, New Haven and Fort Wayne, or browse our website.