Gemstones 101: Sapphire, September's Birthstone
Welcome to Gemstones 101, a series at Takayas Custom Jewelry where we shed a little light on the amazing gemstones we love to feature in our jewelry projects. This week's entry puts the spotlight on September’s royal birthstone, the vivid sapphire!
A variety of the mineral corundum, sapphires encompass every color of the rainbow this crystalline form of aluminum oxide can take on - except for red, which is granted the name of ruby. Our traditional conception of a sapphire tends to be of a deep, ocean-blue jewel, created through the presence of trace amounts of titanium and iron within its crystal structure. That being said, different amounts of different types of impurities can create a vast array of hues and effects, from the two-toned "parti" sapphires of Australia to exceptionally rare color-changing sapphires!
Long before diamonds took center stage, sparkling and scratch-resistant sapphires were actually the most popular choice when it came to cresting the special ring you would give to your beloved. The emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, for example, proposed to his cherished Josephine with a sapphire engagement ring in the late 1700s. Even today, one of the most famous (and most imitated) engagement rings of all time is the 12-carat Ceylon sapphire stunner given to Princess Diana in 1981, that now adorns the finger of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. An enduring symbol of nobility, faithfulness, and sincerity, sapphires make a wonderfully heartfelt and meaningful statement fit for any type of jewelry!
On top of being arrestingly beautiful, these gems also possess a remarkable hardness that make them a great choice both for jewelry and for more practical applications. Wristwatch crystals, infrared optical components, phone screens, and more are often created using synthetic sapphires, also known as sapphire glass. With so many incredible talents, it's difficult to resist the allure of these gorgeous jewels.
From classic blue sapphire rings to elaborate bracelets and necklaces that shine with every sapphire color under the sun, your next birthstone-themed jewelry project can incorporate just about any concept or color-scheme you could dream of. If you're someone who hails from the month of September, you should count yourself one lucky individual!