September's birthstone is Sapphire (Corundum). Never heard of Corundum? Corundum is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide with traces of iron, titanium and chromium. Did you know that all gem quality corundum that is not red, is called sapphire, a word that originates from the Greek sappheiros. When corundum is red, it's a ruby!
Sapphire and diamond butterfly brooch by Joel A. Robuchon (known as JAR)Ruby and Sapphire are essentially the same, both exceptionally hard stones, differing mainly in their chromium, iron, or titanium impurities. These impurities are what give the corundum its color. Sapphire can vary from a clear, deep blue (considered most valuable) to a pale blue or to a dark almost black blue.
Janna Conner Sapphire Art Deco Starburst Dangle Earrings
Sapphires have been prized as great gemstones since 800BC. Rulers of ancient Persia believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of sapphire stones.
Custom Orange Sapphire 14K Ring by Janna Conner
Not a fan of blue? No problem! Sapphires can come in a variety of shades like Padparadscha (pinkish orange), colorless, green, yellow, pink and orange!
Sapphires are also available as colorless, and as such, an affordable alternative to diamonds!
Corundum is the third hardest stone after Diamond and Moissanite, making it a popular choice for engagement rings. Sapphire symbolizes fidelity and is believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. Popular with royalty, most notably Lady Di's engagement ring was a sapphire, now belonging to Kate Middleton.
What color Sapphire is your favorite? Are you a purist with blue or a little unexpected with a pink, orange or white preference? Tell me in the comments below!