If you're lucky enough to have a September birthstone, take a second to learn about their history! When hearing the word Sapphire many people immediately envision a stunning violet-blue gemstone because the word “Sapphire” is Greek for blue. For centuries, the Sapphire has been referred to as the ultimate blue gemstone, especially to those born in September. Since Ancient times the Blue Sapphire represented a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust. To keep with this tradition Sapphires are one of the most popular engagement gemstones today. This is, of course, in addition to their important role as the September birthstone!
Where are Sapphires typically found?
Sapphire is found in many parts of the world, but the most prized Sapphires are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. In fact, the largest sapphire was recently discovered in a Sri Lankan mine though coming in at 1,404 carats. This is compared to the now known second largest sapphire that was in the Logan Sapphire Brooch that weighed 422.99 carats and is hosted at the Natural History Museum in Washington D.C.! Sapphires with highly saturated violet-blue color and “velvety” or “sleepy” transparency are more rare. The purer the blue of the Sapphire, the greater the price. However, many people find that the darker hues of Sapphire can be just as appealing.
Not just one color, the Sapphire!
Sapphires are not only blue, they come in almost every color of the rainbow: pink, yellow, orange, peach, and violet colors. The most sought-after color fancy Sapphire is the rare and beautiful Padparadscha: a pink-orange corundum with a distinctive salmon color reminiscent of a tropical sunset. These ultra-rare, ultra-expensive stones are among the most coveted gems in the world. But worry not, Monson Jewelers can help you pick out the perfect piece for your September birthstone recipient!