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We can hardly believe the month of September is upon us already! With the summer beginning to wane in the Northern Hemisphere, for us in Australia, this month marks the turning of the seasons and the long-awaited arrival of spring. 

However, for anyone born in the ninth month of the year, it also heralds the celebration of the September birthstone, sapphire. If you’ve been following our birthstone series, from the dazzling ruby, to the enchanting peridot, you’ll know how we enjoy delving into the history and background of each gem. 

You’ll be pleased to know that this month is no different, so here’s a look into the stunning sapphire. 

Sapphire: The back story  

Sapphires form a part of the corundum variety of gems. What makes this an intriguing factoid however, is that the name sapphire can also apply to gems that aren’t solely blue.

Corundum can come in a range of hues from royal to greenish blue, as well as violet and even red.The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) notes that red corundum stones that don’t quality as rubies can fall under the category of sapphire – along with other non-blue specimens, they count as ‘fancy sapphires’. 

However, the sapphire that we know and adore is best served in dazzling, vibrant blue. Some of the world’s finest come from the Kashmir region, where, following a landslide in 1880, the discovery of beautifully vibrant blue stone with a hint of violet set the modern standard for the gem, according to the International Coloured Gemstone Association (ICA).

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In praise of sapphire 

The gem has been prized throughout the ages. With blue thought to represent the celestial, the stone was believed to bring about blessings, as well as protect the wearer from harm and even envy, as told by the American Gem Society. 

Blue is also the colour of royalty, and sapphire has graced kings and queens with its presence from Ancient Greek and Roman times all the way to the Middle Ages. The GIA notes that it is also thought to represent qualities such as honesty, faithfulness and nobility.

One of the most well-known examples of sapphire jewellery is that of Lady Diana’s engagement ring, a stunning piece with a halo of diamonds around the centre stone that Prince Charles bestowed upon her in 1981. It was this ring that was then passed on to his son Prince William’s fiancee at the time, Kate Middleton. 

You can channel the royal style with a sapphire ring of your own. Why not pay your local Showcase Jewellers a visit to see what other beautiful pieces you can find?