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The September Birthstone Sapphire

September Birthstone Guide | Sapphire Birthstone Meaning | Berganza


Burmese sapphire solitiare ring, circa 1990. hatton garden
Burmese sapphire cabochon solitaire ring.
Ref: 27352

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Sapphires, the birthstone of September, are renowned for their vibrant colours and exquisite beauty. This precious gem comes with a rich history and they are often found in antique jewellery, having been sought after gems since the 14th and 15th Centuries. 

They are favoured by Royals and adored by many. The sapphire gemstone is also regarded as the September birthstone by The National Association of Jewellers, making it the perfect gift for loved ones and friends who were born in the first month of Autumn. 

What is The Birthstone for September?

The birthstone for September is the extraordinary sapphire. Composed of aluminium and oxygen, it can be found in various geological settings, with the most renowned sources being Ceylon, Burma and Kashmir. Kashmir sapphires, famed for the superiority of their colour, and velvety appearance, are a true rarity. 

Sapphires are known to be highly sought-after gemstones for both jewellery and investment purposes with their durability and hardness, combined with their exquisite colouration, making them highly desirable. 

The elegant hues of the September birthstone are known to be favoured by the British Royal Family too. Iconically, Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring (now worn by Catherine, Princess of Wales) is one of the most high-profile antique sapphire rings in history. 

The September Birthstone Colour 

The mesmerising blue of the sapphire is the most common colour for the September birthstone. However, natural sapphires can also be found in a spectrum of other colours, otherwise known as “fancy sapphires'', including warming colours of pink, yellow, green and purple. There is also the highly prized padparadscha sapphire, which is a delicate blend of pink and orange.

The September birthstone includes sapphires of all hues - so if you are looking for the perfect antique sapphire ring for the Libra or Virgo in your life, there are plenty of stunning sapphire avenues you can go down. 

Choose from antique sapphire rings, pink sapphire rings, yellow sapphire rings or other styles of vintage sapphire jewellery. For a September birthstone piece quite unlike anything else, star sapphire jewellery is another remarkable option. 

Sapphire’s Meaning as the September Birthstone

Ancient legend suggests the sapphire was believed to protect wearers from the effects of poison, could cure snake bites, and ultimately protect against harm and envy. The more modern associated meanings of the September birthstone are linked to sincerity, truth and faithfulness, encompassing the traits typically associated with Libras - the astrological sign for those born later in September.  

Why Does September Have Two Birthstones?

September is one of many months to be associated with two birthstones. As well as the sapphire, moonstone is also regarded as a birthstone for September. Similar to the sapphire, the moonstone holds mystical properties and is known to harvest power from the moon. The clear stone also possesses a subtle blue shimmer like the glow of the moon. 

Both birthstones demonstrate beauty, mystical meaning and can be found in vintage jewellery that makes the perfect September birthstone gift. 

Discover an array of sapphire vintage engagement rings, antique earrings and more - some spectacular gift ideas for those born in September.

padparadscha ceylon sapphire diamond ring. hatton garden
Padparadscha Ceylon sapphire and diamond three stone ring, circa 1915.
Ref: 28427
yellow ceylon sapphire and diamond pendant. hatton garden
Yellow Ceylon sapphire and diamond pendant, circa 1915.
Ref: 28134
 Mellerio Burmese sapphire diamond coronet cluster hatton garden
Mellerio Burmese sapphire and diamond coronet cluster, French, circa 1950.
Ref: 28439
Yellow Ceylon sapphire three stone ring, circa 1950. Hatton Garden
Yellow Ceylon sapphire three stone ring, circa 1950.
Ref: 28436
Victorian sapphire and diamond cluster earrings hatton garden
Victorian sapphire and diamond cluster earrings, circa 1870.
Ref: 28209
Padparadscha sapphire diamond flanked solitaire ring hatton Garden
Padparadscha sapphire and diamond flanked solitaire ring.
Ref: 27941
Star sapphire solitaire ring, Polish, circa 1940. Hatton Garden
Star sapphire solitaire ring, Polish, circa 1940.
Ref: 28147
Kashmir Royal Blue sapphire and diamond ring, circa 1910. Hatton Garden
Kashmir Royal Blue sapphire and diamond ring, circa 1910.
Ref: 27628
Pink Ceylon sapphire diamond coronet cluster ring hatton garden
Pink Ceylon sapphire and diamond coronet cluster ring, circa 1910.
Ref: 28344
Burmese sapphire and diamond ring, circa 1950.  Hatton Garden
Burmese sapphire and diamond ring, circa 1950.
Ref: 27488
Tiffany & Co. Sapphire and Diamond line bracelet hatton garden
Tiffany & Co. Sapphire and Diamond line bracelet, American, circa 1925.
Ref: 27872
Yellow Ceylon sapphire and diamond pendant hatton garden
Yellow Ceylon sapphire and diamond pendant, French, circa 1960.
Ref: 27847
Burmese sapphire and diamond seven stone ring hatton garden
Burmese sapphire and diamond seven stone ring, circa 1890.
Ref: 27399
Edwardian sapphire and diamond necklace hatton garden
Edwardian sapphire and diamond necklace, circa 1910.
Ref: 27071
Purple Ceylon sapphire and diamond solitaire ring hatton garden
Purple Ceylon sapphire and diamond flanked solitaire ring, circa 1930.
Ref: 27121
Ceylon star sapphire cufflinks hatton garden
Ceylon star sapphire cufflinks, circa 1920.
Ref: 26906
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