Gemstone 101: Sapphires in September

Even though it might not feel like it for many people, September is finally here, and fall will be here in time as well. That means it’s also a fine time to talk about the deep blue birthstone, sapphire. It’s hard to find anyone who has an unkind word about these gems – the dark blue is a universally flattering shade, and it’s a versatile stone.

a pile of loose Sapphires

To celebrate these gemstones, we’ve put together a fun fact sheet to chat a bit about the finer points of such a gorgeous stone. So without further ado…

Fun Facts about Sapphires

  • Sapphires get their color from elements in the mineral corundum. The gemstone becomes blue sapphire when it contains iron and titanium, while chromium turns the stone into a ruby.
  • The word sapphire is from the Greek word sappheiros, which may originally have referred to another gemstone entirely: lapis lazuli.
  • The most rare and valuable shade of sapphire is known as the padparadscha, a pinkish-orange shade named from the Sinhalese word for lotus blossom.
  • In addition to being the September birthstone, it is also a traditional gift for 45th wedding anniversary.
  • Sapphire is among the strongest natural gemstones in existence, second only to the mighty diamond.
  • These stones are found all over the world, from Australia to Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

Want to see what gemstones are currently up for auction? Find them here: With hundreds of auctions closing daily, there’s always a great opportunity to find the gemstone you like.

What is your favorite jewelry piece for sapphire, or your preferred cut? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to get feedback from our readers and bidders alike. Until next time, good luck, and happy bidding.

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