The September birthstone, the Sapphire, has traditionally symbolised sincerity, truth, faithfulness and nobility.
Now and in years gone by Sapphires have adorned royalty. It was also reported to have healing powers and be an antidote to poison! So many reasons to love it apart from the fact that it’s so beautiful and vibrant.
Famous Sapphires include the Rockafeller which measures in at a whopping 62.01 ct and the 12 ct blue Sapphire surrounded by Diamonds that was Princess Diana’s engagement ring, now passed on to the Duchess of Cambridge.
Sapphire is relatively hard, scoring a 9 on the Mohs scale, which makes it an excellent choice for rings and other jewellery worn daily, like engagement rings. It has to be said, though, that Sapphires are often treated to improve their colour or clarity. Heat treatment is common and the results are permanent so it is well accepted in the trade. Less common treatments, such as lattice diffusion, fracture filling and dyeing may require special care, so ensure to always ask if your Sapphire has been treated and by what method.
Warm, soapy water is the safest choice for cleaning the September birthstone, although ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually safe for untreated, heat treated and lattice diffusion treated stones. If they have been fracture filled or dyed a clean cloth should be used.
We have made quite a few engagement rings with Sapphire, and they have always proved to be a great hit with the recipient. If you are lucky enough to have Sapphire as your birthstone and would like a piece making or would like to find out more about birthstones please click below.