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The Birthstone for September: Sapphire

What is September’s Birthstone? 

Were you born in September? If so, your birthstone is Sapphire. Sapphire is one of the most desirable birthstones. The birthstone for September comes in a variety of colours and is popular among royalty.

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Are you interested to find out about the meaning and special properties of sapphires? Read on to discover everything you need to know about this special birthstone: 

Sapphire - History, Origins and Meanings:

Did you know that Sapphires have always been popular with royalty? In Ancient Greece, royals believed that Sapphires protected the wearer from danger. In more recent times, Sapphires continue to be popular among royalty.

The most memorable sapphire may be the one that Prince Charles gave to Princess Diana in 1981, a beautiful blue Sapphire engagement ring.

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What Colour is Sapphire?

Blue Sapphires are the most sought-after Sapphires. The more intense the blue Sapphire, the more valuable it is. Sapphire come from the Latin word for blue, sappheiros. Although, it is worth mentioning that not all Sapphires are blue. 

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Sapphires come in a rainbow of different colours such as purple, yellow, green, orange and even pink. These are known as fancy Sapphires. 

Even more valuable than fancy sapphires are the padparadscha sapphires. They are extremely valuable and rare. Their colour can be difficult to define but many consider it to be a salmon (pinkish orange) colour.

Where do Sapphires Come From? 

The first Sapphires were discovered in Kasmir in 1881. Nowadays, Sapphires can be found all over the world. Myanmar and Sri Lanka are two major producers of the birthstone for September. Thailand has also been recognised as an important source for Sapphires. Orangy Pink Sapphires known as Padparadscha Sapphires are mainly sourced in Sri Lanka. 

Sapphires: Special Properties and Meanings

Are you curious to learn about Sapphires special properties and meanings? Traditionally, sapphires symbolised truth and wisdom. Sapphires have long been associated with royalty and romance. 

Nowadays, some believe that Sapphires promote calmness and help to stimulate creative thinking. Sapphires symbolise strength, focus and wisdom. As well as representing the month of September, sapphires are also commonly given as a gift to mark 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries. 

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How to Clean Sapphires – Top Tips:

-       Use a soft polish cloth to look after your jewellery 

-       Avoid steam cleaners, chemicals and water

-       Store in soft jewellery pouch to keep your sapphires shining

Sapphire - Find your birthstone:

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Whether or not you were born in September, Sapphire is the perfect royal gift for a loved one. Shop our sustainable and ethically sourced Sapphire collection.