Septembers Birthstone – Sapphire

Sapphires are the modern birthstone of September. Historically they are also associated with the zodiac signs: the planetary stone for Libra and the zodiac stone for Virgo, with both of these signs occurring in September.

Sapphires were first thought to be mined 3500 years ago in Myanmar (Burma) and 2500 years ago in Sri Lanka. Today sapphires can be found in Kashmir, Sri Lanka, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nigeria, Kenya, Madagascar, Australia and the USA state of Montana.

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Sapphires Shimmering Hues of Blue

The word sapphire comes from the Greek word ‘sappheiros’ meaning ‘blue’ therefore when we think of sapphires we tend to conjure up images of blue gemstones, but sapphires naturally occur in many different colours. These range from colourless to black, including colours such as pink, purple, grey. The only colour sapphire doesn’t come in is red; as this is known as a ruby. Rubies and sapphires belong to the same corundum family but rubies have chromium present in their chemical compound.

Blue sapphires come in ranges of hues from a dark midnight blue to a bright and vibrant electric blue. They suit any skin tone and the colours are accentuated when set in any metal. When blue sapphires are set in white gold and surrounded by diamonds they remind me of blue seas with white horses crowning the waves. The diamonds show a good contrast on colours between the blues and whites.

However the rarest type of sapphire is the Padparadsha, a pinkish-orange sapphire. Padparadsha means lotus flower in Sinhalese, the Padparadsha and the lotus flower share the same colour hues.

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Kings, Queens, Princesses and Sapphires

In ancient Greece and Rome, Kings and Queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm. Sapphires also symbolize nobility, truth, sincerity and faithfulness.
The world’s most famous sapphire engagement ring now belongs to Princess Kate Middleton with the previous owner being Princess Diana.

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Sapphire Engagement Rings

Sapphires are a lovely alternative to diamond engagement rings due to them representing faithfulness.
The photos below show just a small selection of sapphires we have to offer at Stephen Hughes Fine Diamonds.

Photo A: - 5 Stone sapphire cluster with 0.92ct sapphire and 0.21ct diamonds set in white gold.
Photo B: - Oval sapphire 1.42ct with 0.63ct in total between the 2 round brilliant cut diamonds set either side of the sapphire set in 18ct white gold head with 18ct yellow gold shank.
Photo C: - Cushion cut Sapphire set in a rub over setting, with diamond set halo and shoulders
Photo D: - Oval sapphire 1.25ct with 1.00ct total diamond cluster set in 18ct white gold.
Photo E: - Sapphire and diamond peacock style earrings set in 18ct white gold, these are my favourite earrings they are so elegant and have a lovely sparkle with the movement they have.

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