BIRTHSTONE OF THE MONTH
September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire
Cara Pfeiffer, Store Manager, Designer, Diamond Buyer
1 September 2017
Blue sapphire belongs to the mineral species corundum. It can be a pure blue but ranges from greenish blue to violet blue. The name “sapphire” can also apply to any corundum that’s not red and doesn’t qualify as ruby, another corundum variety.
Sapphires are the perfect colored gemstone to wear in an engagement ring or an everyday right hand ring.
Did you know Sapphires come in all colors of the rainbow? Besides blue sapphire and ruby, the corundum family also includes so-called “fancy sapphires.” They come in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple! There are also “parti-colored” sapphires that show combinations of different colors. Some stones exhibit the phenomenon known as color change, most often going from blue in daylight or fluorescent lighting to purple under incandescent light. Sapphires can even be gray, black, or brown. Mother Nature is truly amazing! Is this your beautiful birthstone?
Sapphire is the most precious and valuable blue gemstone. It is a very desirable gemstone due to its excellent color, hardness and luster. In the gem trade, Sapphire without any color prefix refers to the blue variety of the mineral Corundum. However, the term Sapphire encompasses all other gem varieties and colors of Corundum as well, excluding Ruby, the red variety of Corundum, which has its own name.
At the Artful Eye, we hand select each and every sapphire by hand. Our gemstone buyers and Graduate Gemologist look for an intense bright and blue color. If a sapphire is too dark, then it has no sparkle. If it is too light, it is not as fine a quality. Sapphires are the perfect colored gemstone to wear in an engagement ring or an everyday right hand ring.
Stop in to see our wonderful collection of blue sapphire jewelry!