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The September Birthstone: Stunning Sapphires

The September Birthstone: Stunning Sapphires

The September Birthstone: Stunning Sapphires

Sapphire gemstones continue to be a crowd-pleaser. They are second in popularity only to diamonds in the world of jewelry, and shoppers flock to sapphire engagement rings. What do they symbolize, and how did they become so desired?

September's Birthstone Has Dazzled for Decades

Sapphires have fascinated humanity for centuries with their mesmerizing blue hue and timeless allure. Millions value these exquisite gemstones for their stunning appearance and rich historical significance. MiaDonna creates Lab Grown Sapphires in the United States. We’ll show you how to wear September’s birthstone while we teach you about its deep history.

What is a Corundum Gemstone?

Sapphires belong to the corundum family, a mineral composed of aluminum and oxygen atoms. Trace elements such as iron and titanium give them their distinctive color.

MiaDonna develops gemstones in a lab mimicking their natural growing process, costing up to 90% less than earth-mined gems. Sapphires are very hard, making them great for engagement rings and everyday wear. They score 9 on the Mohs scale — diamonds, the hardest gem, score a 10.

What color is a Sapphire?

While royal and navy blue sapphires are the most famous and frequently seen, did you know they come in other colors? MiaDonna offers Lab Created sapphires in many colors: Blue, Pink, Champagne, Pink Champagne, and the rare Padparadscha. The Padparadscha is a rare, unique mix of pink and orange. Trace elements impact each stone's color.

Royals Sporting Sapphires

One of the world's most iconic jewelry pieces is the 12-carat oval sapphire engagement ring worn by Princess Diana. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wears it today. Our Flora Vintage Engagement Ring is equally mesmerizing. It dazzles with an oval cut Lab Created Sapphires center stone set in a halo of round Lab Grown Diamonds.

Queen Elizabeth II's collection bursts with blue beauties, including the renowned Sapphire Choker and the Burmese Ruby and Sapphire Tiara. Empress Josephine, the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, owned a magnificent sapphire and diamond parure, including a tiara, necklace, and earrings. Monarchs worldwide have used them to represent power, wisdom, and divine favor in their crowns and regalia.

Sapphires in History and Culture

Sapphires have played a prominent role in human history and culture. Their name itself has roots in ancient languages. The Greeks and Romans believed they were wise and protective symbols, and royalty wore them to guard against envy and harm. The Star of India, a 563-carat blue stone, is one of the most famous historical gems in the world. It has a captivating star-like phenomenon, asterism, creating a luminous star-shaped pattern on its surface.

Ancient healing and divination practices also utilized sapphires. Some cultures believed these brilliant blue stones could protect against evil spirits and heal sickness. Other cultures used them to reveal secrets and predict the future.

Sapphires in Modern Jewelry

In contemporary times, sapphires continue to captivate jewelry enthusiasts and designers as an excellent choice for engagement rings and everyday wear. Sapphire engagement rings have gained popularity for their stunning beauty and uniqueness in a world where diamonds often dominate. Their broad spectrum of colors allows couples to choose a gemstone that resonates with their unique preferences and style. The Fleur Toi Et Moi Emerald and Oval Gemstone Ring — "you and me" in French — is an extraordinary modern design.

Their allure also extends to haute couture and high fashion. Renowned jewelry houses incorporate them into their luxurious creations, crafting intricate designs highlighting the gemstone's elegance and versatility.

Our Favorite Pieces of Sapphire Jewelry

MiaDonna has the perfect accessory for you — here are our favorites:

Halo Stud Earrings

We finish an everyday outfit with Blue Sapphire Halo Stud Earrings for just a hint of sparkle. You can build your custom pair with a choice of carat and shape.

Halo Twist Pendant Necklace

Wear your birth month proudly around your neck with the Halo Twist Pendant Necklace. The Lab Grown Sapphire hangs from an original twist-style design and has Lab Grown Diamond accents. Adapt it to be yours by choosing your preferred color and stone cut.

Diamond Halo Stud Earrings

A halo of Lab Grown Diamonds surrounds your Lab Grown Sapphire center stone in these stunning Diamond Halo Stud Earrings. It highlights the natural beauty of their color, adding an extra special spark to your favorite piece of jewelry. Every woman needs a staple pair of studs, so treat yourself to some September birthstone baubles.

Single Stone Stackable Band

Simple, classy, and chic are the best three words to describe the elegant Single Stone Stackable Band. Stackable rings are perfect minimalist pieces of jewelry to wear as a stand-alone piece or combined for a wow moment. The smooth and sleek band holds a 0.02ctw Lab Grown gemstone of your choice.

Martini Stud Earrings

Wear a pair of Lab Grown Sapphire Martini Stud Earrings and embody timeless elegance. The delicate three-prong setting mounts the gorgeous gemstones, and they draw the eye with their dazzling glint. These stunning earrings are available in a range of shades, from mysterious blue hues to light champagne tones.

Paris Vintage Engagement Ring

Frame your chosen sapphire with Lab Grown Diamonds in the beautiful antique halo design of the Paris Vintage Engagement Ring. The ring plays beautifully next to the Paris Wedding Band, a promise ring, or an anniversary ring. Feel like royalty wearing this luxurious design, featuring intricate detailing along the shank.

Eternal Monogram Gemstone Ring

We have a sweet spot for sapphire in the timelessly elegant Eternal Monogram Gemstone ring. The ring has a beautiful Cushion Cut Lab Grown Gemstone in the center. Lab Grown Diamonds surround the center and flank the twisted band.

How to Evaluate Lab Grown Sapphires

We judge all gems on the "Four Cs": color, clarity, carat weight, and cut. The most sought-after sapphire color is a vivid and pure blue, often described as "cornflower blue." Clarity counts internal flaws in the stone's transparency. Carat measures size and larger stones are typically more valuable. Finally, the cut determines the gem's overall appearance, brilliance, and sparkle.

Why get a Lab Grown Sapphire from MiaDonna?

Sapphire mining is inefficient and inhumane. Mining degrades the environment and exploits unethical labor standards. MiaDonna’s lab grown gemstones are optically, physically, and chemically identical to their mined counterparts – with no humanitarian concerns. There’s simply no need to buy an earth-mined gem anymore.

They even cost up to 90% less than mined gems. MiaDonna donates at least 10% of our profits to mining-impacted communities so you can feel good while you feel glamorous.

With captivating colors, rich history, and enduring symbolism, sapphires remain a beloved gemstone in the jewelry world and beyond. Their deep blue hues evoke serenity and wisdom, making them a dazzling choice for engagement rings and exquisite jewelry creations. Whether cherished for their beauty, significance, or geological wonder, sapphires remain a timeless gem of unrivaled splendor.

AUTHORS & EXPERTS

MiaDonna Team

MiaDonna is the world’s first retailer exclusively selling Lab-Grown Diamonds and Gemstones, created in 2005 by a mother determined to free families from a lifetime of poverty and mining. We specialize in designer-style fine jewelry that is beautiful, sustainable, and affordable. We are B-Corp certified, environmentally responsible, and donate 10% of profits to support communities negatively impacted by diamond and gold mining. MiaDonna is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and ships to all 50 states plus more than 30 countries internationally.