September Birthstone – Sapphire

Happy birthday to everyone born in September!

The birthstone for this month is the lovely Sapphire! What a wonderful gemstone this is! It comes in a variety of colors, though most will think of Sapphire as being a wonderful intense blue.

About the Sapphire ~ Sapphire is a variety of the mineral species corundum. Sapphires occur in all colors of the rainbow and with red, which is ruby. It’s the sister stone to the Blue Sapphire. The name corundum comes from the ancient Sanskrit “kuruvindam”, while the name “Sapphire” comes from the Persian word “safir”, meaning “beloved of Saturn”, (or Greek sapphiros). It is noted in several texts that Sapphire was the lapis lazuli of the ancient world, probably because the stones both have the same intense blue coloring.

Where are Sapphires found? ~ Sapphire is mined in Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Other producers are Burma, Kampuchea, Kenya and Tanzania. Sapphires are commonly heated to improve their color and reduce cloudiness that is caused by rutile inclusions. The rutile inclusions are responsible for the “star” or “cat’s eye” in star sapphires.

Treatments of Sapphires ~ Sapphires may be treated by several methods to enhance and improve their clarity and color. It is common practice to heat natural sapphires to improve or enhance color. This is done by heating the sapphires in ovens to temperatures between 500 and 1800 °C for several hours, or by heating in a nitrogen-deficient atmosphere oven for seven days or more. Upon heating, the stone becomes more blue in color but loses some of the rutile inclusions (silk). When high heat temperatures are used, the stone loses all silk and becomes clear under magnification. Evidence of sapphire and other gemstones being subjected to heating goes back at least to Roman times. Un-heated stones are somewhat rare and will often be sold accompanied by a certificate from an independent gemological laboratory attesting to “no evidence of heat treatment”.

Here is a cute little Sapphire poem from an 1870 Tiffany pamphlet.

A maiden born when September leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A sapphire on her brow should bind
`Twill cure diseases of the mind.

See our Sapphire Collection here.

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Blog post by ~ Jelene

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