September's birthstone is the beautiful deep blue sapphire!
Sapphires are known for being one of the big three gems that are known in jewelry. Those include emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Sapphires have been well know in the world for centuries and royalty has been known to use this gem to decorate their robes and gowns. In fact one of the most famous sapphires is Princess Diana and Kate Middleton's engagement ring, which is a 12 carat oval sapphire.
The blue color of these gems is world known but sapphires also come in other colors. These sapphires are known as fancy sapphires, ranging in orange, yellow, green, pink, purple and violet. Sapphires can even be gray, brown, or black! The only shade that a sapphire doesn't come in is red. A rare and valuable sapphire color is an pinkish-orange also known as the lotus blossom.
The sapphire sources can be found all across the world. Some famous sources are: United States in Montana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Australia. The most famous sapphires have come from Kashmir because they are intensely saturated and velvety. Rare sapphires from Kashmir set the standard for blue color.
The sapphire is a very durable stone and on the MOHS scale it ranks a 9. To help put the scale into perspective, the diamond is the highest on the MOHS scale at a 10. We love the fact that they are durable because this makes them more wearable.
Sapphire are not only birthstones but also wedding anniversary gems. Sapphires are the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary years. Whether you are celebrating a birthday or a anniversary, sapphires are timeless gems that we adore.