September Birthstone: SAPPHIRE

sapphire 1M12  Seeking a sapphire for September? You’re in good company. The world’s most famous engagement ring features September’s birthstone as its center stone. The ring, an 18-carat, oval blue Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 round, brilliant-cut diamonds, first belonged to Princess Diana of Wales and now graces the hand of her daughter-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

While best known for its deep, mountain-lake blue, the sapphire also comes in a rainbow of other colors from a sparkling lemon yellow to the fresh pink of summer sunrise. Sapphires can even be green, orange, purple, gray, black or brown (and, yes, all are stunning when properly cut and set). When fashioned as a cabochon – a gemstone that has been shaped and polished to form a smooth dome – some sapphires show a six-rayed star. Others exhibit a color-change phenomenon, most often going from blue in daylight to purple indoors.

Kin to rubies in the durable corundum mineral family, sapphires and their red-hued sisters are second only in hardness to diamonds. The strong, versatile stone lasts for generations in keepsake bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. Stop in today to see our versatile sapphire selection. We have a wide variety of pink and blue sapphire jewelry, as well as a striking yellow stone in a glorious white gold basket setting flanked by trillion cut diamonds.

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