September Birthstone Rings

Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. Typically found in a range of ravishing blues, sapphires can also be pink, yellow, purple - you name it! Sapphires can fit just about any color preference, and the colors really pop in a ring, a bracelet, or a pendant. From faceted stones to teardrop shaped briolettes, sapphires are sure to add excitement to any September birthday!

Sapphire is a precious gemstone frequently incorporated into some of the most modern, beautiful handmade jewelry in the world. It is most often found in shades of deep blues, and is widely recognized as the September Birthstone as well as zodiac signs of Taurus and Virgo, the 5th, 45th, 30th, 15th, and 50th anniversaries, the time of 10 am and Thursday and Tuesday. But beyond its modern-day uses and associations, sapphire holds a decadent mythological, spiritual and etymological history that adds nostalgic value to its already strong aesthetic worth. Read on for more information that will help you fall in love with your sapphire jewelry – or inspire you to buy some today!

Sapphire is the mineral variety of the species corundum. Although many people associate Sapphire with the color blue, this precious colored gem comes in a vast array of hues and saturations, in just about ever color of the rainbow and clear as well, except for red (red ones are Rubies!). These other colors are called "Fancy Sapphires."

The beautiful blue Sapphire is immaculate, pure and heavenly. Throughout history, the Sapphire has been associated with qualities like sympathy, harmony, friendship and loyalty, permanency and reliability. Not surprisingly, in some cultures sapphires as more popular than diamonds as the center stone for engagement rings.

Sapphire gemstones look best as parts of formal evening jewelry when paired with diamonds, quartz or pearls. More casual combinations include softer contrasts with green peridot, light aquamarine, citrine or ruby. To see a selection of handmade artisan jewelry featuring sapphire, click here. Sapphire is typically considered a sophisticated gemstone that works well with any outfit. In earrings, it works especially well to enhance the luster of blue eyes.

The word Sapphire comes from the Hebrew Sapir. Centuries ago, the Persians believed that the sky was one big, sparkling Sapphire, and called the stone "the gem of the heavens." People believed that the power of wisdom was held within the Sapphire, promoting mental clarity, enabling the wearer to find the answer to their problems, and let go of grudges, increasing tranquility in everyday life that is sent from the heavens.

A sapphire engagement ring value is determined by the richness and purity color of its color. Most Sapphires are heat-treated to eliminate impurities and improve color and clarity. Throughout history, the majority of the world’s sapphires were mined in Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Myanmar. Today, some of the finest Sapphires come from mines in Montana.

Mohs' Hardness score is based on a 10 point scale where 10 is the most resistant, like a diamond, and 1 is easily scratched, such as Talc. Sapphire gets a score of 9, meaning that it is very scratch resistant and therefore suitable as a component of everyday jewelry. Sapphire gemstones should be regularly cleaned by a professional or with a soft rag and mild soap and water, or an ultra-sonic cleaner or steamer. Other methods, including solvents and harsh chemicals should be avoided when cleaning your handcrafted jewelry as exposure to these elements can damage semi-precious and precious gemstones and pearls.

Birthstone for the month of September, the name Sapphire comes from the Greek word "Sappheiros", meaning blue. However, sapphires are formed in nature in a literal rainbow of colors, ranging from very light to very dark blue, bluish green, yellow, brown, pink, violet, slightly reddish orange, and a fabulous pinkish-orange that is referred to as "padparadscha". The name padparadscha is derived from the Sinhalese for "lotus flower". The mineral name for sapphire is Corundum and its pure red form it would be known as ruby. The finest sapphire color in the blue hues is a rich, velvety, cornflower blue known as "Kashmir", which references the area of India where these precious gemstones were once mined. Most current production comes from Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Australia, Africa and Montana. Sapphire will sometimes occur in nature in such a way whereby numerous needle-like inclusions within the gemstone are oriented in just the right angles within the stone, to produce a phenomenon that is called "asterism". As such a six-pointed star will appear to float just beneath the surface of the gemstone when subjected to an incandescent light source. These gemstones will always range from translucent to opaque and they depend on the cutters art to fashion them into a polished, domed shape known as "cabochon".

Enhancements - As is the case with many colored gemstones, sapphires are routinely enhanced to improve their color and their clarity, the most notable being controlled heating. Many enhancement procedures are generally recognized and accepted throughout the jewelry industry and, in most cases, these enhancements are irreversible, permanent, and will produce a gemstone that is more beautiful. One should be leery, however, of enhancement techniques that are not permanent. If you intend to purchase any fine colored gemstone you should deal with a jeweler who is gemologically trained to explain the differences.