If you’re looking forward to your birthday this month, then your birthstone is the sapphire. Though known primarily for their stunning blue colour, sapphires come in a range of hues. Throughout history and across cultures, sapphires have held great symbolic significance, thought to symbolise innocence and longevity, to bring good health and ward off melancholy. Today, aside from being September’s birthstone, they are the traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary, and monarchs mark 65 years on the throne with a sapphire jubilee.
Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum. Though typically blue, sapphires can be found in many colours, with ‘fancy’ sapphires occurring in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors, and ‘parti’ sapphires showing two or more colours. The one colour you won’t find a sapphire in is a red, because red corundum stones are called rubies.
Sapphires have been a highly sought-after stone for jewellery for generations. The British Crown Jewels feature the 104 carat Stuart Sapphire. Pope Innocent III declared that bishops should wear rings of gold and sapphire. A traditional Hindu belief holds that the sapphire causes the planet Saturn to be favorable to the wearer.
At Augustine Jewels you’ll find sapphires featured in both our ready-to-wear collections and bespoke pieces. Here are some of our favourites...
In our Portofino collection you’ll find sapphires set in the centre of a silver spiral. This simple but unique design will bring a touch of glamour to your everyday look. Matching earrings are also available.
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