The Allure of Sapphire - September's Birthstone

Whether you have a September birthday or just love Sapphires, Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler can help you find the perfect ring, necklace or pair of earrings to showcase a beautiful sapphire gemstone.

Sapphires are one of the most interesting gemstones to use in jewelry because they have the unique quality of coming in almost every color of the rainbow. For September birthdays the traditional birthstone is the blue sapphire, but sapphires also can be found naturally in pink, green, yellow, red, purple and orange. Sapphires are wonderful to highlight in jewelry because they are very durable, making them perfect for pieces worn on a daily basis.

Popular mining locations around the world include Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Australia. In the United States, sapphires are mined in Montana and North Carolina. We have used Montana sapphires for a side stone on either side of a diamond and as a center stone with diamonds surrounding it in beautiful ring design. Their unique color is so different than sapphires from any other part of the world. You can read and watch fascinating videos about the Eldorado Bar mine in Montana at the Gemological Institute of America website here - https://www.gia.edu/gia-news-research/sapphire-mining-upper-missouri-river

The history and lore of sapphires is very full. In ancient times, the intense blue color of sapphires were believed to capture the power of the sky and ocean.In the Middle Ages, clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize Heaven. The ancient Egyptians associated this stone with the 'eye of Horas' (the eye in the sky). Pink, yellow, orange, purple and green sapphires are often referred to as ‘fancy sapphires’.

Some exquisite and pricey fancy sapphires recently made news due to their draw at two famous auctions. A 5 carat  Kashmir sapphire set by jeweler Raymond Yard, sold for $372,000 at the estate sale of Peggy and David Rockefeller. The Sotheby’s auction in Geneva on May 15 was referred to as  the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction and had a notable sapphire pendant. The pendant pictured below was sold for 2.3 million dollars. It is a 95.45 ct pink Ceylonese sapphire (picture courtesy of Sotheby’s).

95.45 ct pink Ceylonese sapphire

95.45 ct pink Ceylonese sapphire

Here are some pictures of past jewelry projects we have created highlighting the beauty of sapphires.

If you are interested in exploring the fanciful and beautiful world of sapphire jewelry, contact us at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler in Overland Park.