Sapphires – Septembers Birthstone
Welcome September. Those of you who have a birthday this month have ourselves a beautiful gemstone the sapphire. Septembers birthstone is a precious gemstone which, along with its sister stone the Ruby is second only to Diamonds in hardness. This makes the stones particularly suitable for use in jewellery of all kinds including sapphire rings .From the most glamorous pieces to lovely pretty pieces we can wear everyday.
Sapphires actually come in a variety of colours including yellow, pink, clear and green. However when it comes to the September birthstone we are talking blue Sapphires. In fact the word Sapphire comes from the Greek word for blue. There is a whole range of shades of blue seen in Sapphires from a pale blue Sri Lankan sapphire to the deep almost black blue of some Australian sapphires. Personally I prefer those gemstones which are somewhere in the middle of these two with a good bright blue.
Like Diamonds, small sapphires are not too expensive but the larger ones are quite rare and can be very, very costly. The biggest examples are given names and seem to currently be in America. One called the Star of India is over 500 carats. Other famous sapphires are: The star of Asia which has a star effect to the shine and The deep blackish midnight sapphire . Queen Elizabeth II also owns a couple of famous Sapphires too.
As with all gemstones, the September birthstone has been attributed with magical and healing properties. It is said that it counteracts negative feelings and promotes positivity. It calms the mins, cures depression and brings wisdom and serenity. Sounds good if it works but I wear sapphires because they have a beautiful blue colour and they are my birthstone 🙂
As I mentioned at the top of this article, sapphires are very hard gemstones and can stand up to quite a lot of wear and tear. They are popular to add a splash of colour to engagement rings for this reason. Care and cleaning of sapphires is quite easy too. You can wash your sapphire and gold or silver jewellery with water and a little washing up liquid . Perhaps using a soft toothbrush if dirt has become stuck in a ring. You can also use shop bought jewellery cleaning liquid which says it is for gemstones. Sapphires are also normally fine in an ultrasonic machine – just add a splash of washing up liquid into the water.
The main thing to look out for is storing your sapphire jewelry next to diamond jewellery. Diamonds will scratch sapphires so its best to keep them in a separate little box or soft bag. Looked after in this way your sapphire jewellery will look wonderful for many years to come. Then pass them down through the family as heirlooms.
Availability and cost
Small blue sapphires are not expensive . Pieces of sapphire and gold jewellery can be found for under £50 but they will be tiny. The larger and brighter the blue the more expensive the September Birthstone – some go for millions of pounds each. AntiquesAvenue usually has a good selection of sapphire rings at an affordable price.
Some of the most desirable sapphires have a star effect in them. These are often a denim blue colour just like these in the photos below: