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September Birthstone: The Sapphire

Sapphires are found in many parts of the world, including China, Brazil, Australia and Africa to name a few. The best quality and most valuable sapphires typically hail from India’s Kashmir region, Burma and Sri Lanka. Known as the September birthstone, the name derives from the Greek word sappheiros which likely refers to another blue-colored stone called lapis lazuli.

For those born in the month of September, sapphire is your official birthstone. These striking gemstones symbolize nobility, wisdom and good fortune. In honor of September’s official birthstone, let’s take a deeper look at the following:

 

september birthstone: sapphire

 

The History of Sapphires

Sapphires are found in many parts of the world, including China, Brazil, Australia and Africa to name a few. The best quality and most valuable sapphires typically hail from India’s Kashmir region, Burma and Sri Lanka. Known as the September birthstone, the name derives from the Greek word sappheiros. This likely refers to another blue-colored stone called lapis lazuli.

Believed to represent trust, loyalty, and honesty, sapphires have played a significant role in history. They have long been considered a holy stone by the Catholic Church and rulers of ancient Persia alike. They believed that the sky was blue due to the reflection of sapphire stones.

Ancient Greek Kings and Queens believed that these stones protected them from harm. Prince Charles gave his then fiancé Diana, a large blue sapphire engagement ring.

While sapphires are found naturally, there are also lab created sapphires available.

 

Where to buy sapphire jewelry?

If you are looking for September birthstone jewelry, why not opt for a sterling silver sapphire ring or colorful sapphire studs. To get the best price, shop stunning pre-owned sapphire jewelry and other birthstone rings at Gemma.

What is the September Birthstone?

According to the modern birthstone list, the birthstone for September is sapphire. The birthstone for August is Peridot and the birthstone for October is Opal. This means that if your Zodiac sign is Virgo or early Libra, sapphire is your birthstone.

As the birthstone of September, sapphires are said to bring peace, mental clarity and have calming properties. Throughout history, sapphires have been closely connected to mystical powers. They were believed to have the capacity to heal diseases and provide protection.

Other qualities sapphires are said to have include:

  • Joy
  • Hope
  • Improved communication
  • Faith
  • Good fortune
  • Strength
  • Wisdom
  • Loyalty
  • Combat depression

 

what sapphire colors represent

 

Sapphire colors and what they represent

Sapphires exist in a wide variety of popular colors, including yellow, pink, green, orange and purple sapphires. But it is the royal blue color that represents September. Red sapphire, however, are commonly known as rubies. Here are some sapphire colors and what they are believed to represent:

  • Pink/Orange or Padparadscha Sapphire: Commonly found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar or Tanzania. This salmon colored sapphire is said to unleash creativity and as such is often favored by artists.
  • Violet Sapphire: These ensure unity and tranquility
  • Black Sapphire: Said to calm worries and misery
  • Yellow Sapphire: Yellow sapphires boost intelligence and success. They are believed to increase wealth and help center one’s focus, goals and ambitions in lif
  • Green Sapphire:  Green colored sapphires bring faithfulness and honesty. They improve sympathy and restores vision in dreams
  • White Sapphire:  These urges resilience that helps defeat tough situations in life and calm the mind
  • Pink Sapphire: It encompasses love, mercy, and acceptance of what is gone

 

Famous Sapphires

  • Logan Blue Sapphire: Donated to the Smithsonian Institution, this blue sapphire is considered the second largest sapphire in the world. This 423ct cushion cut stone hails from Sri Lanka and was named after Mrs. John A. Logan.
  • Blue Giant of the Orient: This 466ct gemstone was first discovered in Sri Lanka in 1907. Dubbed the largest faceted sapphire in the world, it is sometimes referred to as the Kashmir sapphire.
  • Star of Indi: At 563.35ct, the Star of India is considered among the largest sapphires known to man. J.P. Morgan donated this gem to the American Museum of Natural History in the early 20th century. It was subsequently stolen from the museum in 1964. In a bizarre turn of events, it was later found in a locker in Miami, Florida.
  • Stuart Sapphire: Believed to have originally belonged to Charles II in the 15th century. This 104ct sapphire is currently on display with the Royal Crown Jewels in London.
  • The “Commoner’s Sapphire”: This 12ct royal sapphire engagement ring was first worn by Princess Diana in 1981. It was subsequently given to Kate Middleton by Prince William for their engagement in 2010.

 

where to sell sapphire jewelry

 

Where to sell Sapphire jewelry?

If you are wondering, “how much is my sapphire worth?”, let’s look at some of the options available to you. Some of the most popular ways to sell your sapphire include:

  • eBay/Craigslis:  These are user-friendly platforms for selling a wide range of goods. However, this is not always the best place to sell expensive jewelry or gemstones. You will not benefit from working with qualified gemologists who can advise you on the quality or value of your stone. Furthermore, it is not a quick or guaranteed sale by any means.
  • Consignment: This option can get you a higher price for your sapphire. However, the process can be time consuming and the jeweler will also charge a percentage of sale price.
  • Pawnshop: Pawnshops are a quick, local and popular option for selling jewelry. The catch, however, is that their lack of knowledge on precious gemstones frequently results in low offers.
  • WP Diamonds: WP Diamonds offers a quick and safe way to sell designer sapphire jewelry (Tiffany, Cartier etc). Please note, we do not purchase loose sapphire stones or unbranded sapphire jewelry.

 

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  1. Simply fill out the online form to receive a price quote for your sapphire jewelry.
  2. Send your designer jewelry to us, free overnight and insured shipping is provided. Or schedule an in person appointment with our GIA trained gemologists.
  3. We will provide a final price and fast payment or return your items free of charge.

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