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September Birthstone, Chase Nature’s Rainbow with Sapphires

Those born in September have one of nature’s toughest cookies as their birthstone. With a rainbow of colours to choose from, the sapphire story only starts with blue.

24 February 2020 H.Samuel - Editor


What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a sapphire? Is it the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s 18 carat royal blue sapphire engagement ring, inherited from Princess Diana?

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We all tend to think of gorgeous sapphire gemstones as being deep blue, but they actually occur in a rainbow of incredible colours, from shocking yellow and bright orange to flamingo pink and forest green. Sapphires are a variety of the mineral corundum and are found in Australia, Cambodia, the United States, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Just don’t make the mistake of asking for a red sapphire… the red variety of corundum is better known as ruby!

There are some colours of sapphire that are super rare and hard to find. The best example is the padparadscha sapphire, which is a stunning combo of peachy pink and orange. Just take a look at Princess Eugenie’s padparadscha sapphire and diamond engagement ring for lust-worthy inspiration.

Aside from their kaleidoscope of colours, sapphire gemstones are special because of their hardness and ability to withstand scratches. They are second only to diamonds in this area, making them ideal for engagement ring centre stones. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has one of our favourite sapphire and diamond halo engagement rings, while Penelope Cruz rocks a gorgeous vintage-inspired sapphire and diamond cluster engagement ring with a classic bezel setting.

Blue sapphire may be the classic colour for cluster style engagement rings but rainbow sapphire rings and matching wedding bands are growing in popularity. If you’re dreaming of a pink diamond or yellow diamond engagement ring, you can get the look with beautiful sapphire rings instead.

You can always take it one step further with a star sapphire. In some cases, sapphire gemstones can display an optical phenomenon, known as asterism, where the glowing shape of a star appears to float on the gemstone’s surface. Catch this in the right light and you’ll be feeling like a Hollywood movie icon in no time!

Sapphire is just as meaningful as it is colourful. Throughout history it was said to symbolise honesty, trust, purity and loyalty. As a royal gemstone, sapphires were beloved by the ancient Romans as symbols of power and strength against their enemies. By the Middle Ages, sapphires were loved so much they were thought to be a little bit of heaven on earth.

If diamonds are the king of gemstones, then the September birthstone is undoubtedly the queen. Deep blue sapphire jewellery is full of tradition and beauty, especially when worn as a suite of sapphire earrings, a sapphire pendant and sapphire ring. But if you really want to showcase your unique personality, create your own palette of multi-colour sapphires in earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. Each piece has all the benefits of sapphire’s tough cookie status but tells your individual story.