Sapphires – Thinking Pink for September’s Birthstone
September’s Birthstone is Sapphire. This incredible gemstone offers such an incredible diversity of colour. But pink remains one of the most popular variations.
Believed to offer protection from capture, Sapphires were thought to preserve life and increase courage. Amongst other beneficial properties, sapphires were meant to sharpen the senses.
In a modern context, sapphires are often worn as engagement rings. Sapphires were believed to promote the values of faithfulness and sincerity.
Pink sapphires greatly add to the sense of femininity. Pink is the colour most often associated with charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity and the romantic. Therefore, it makes sense to combine such qualities with the attributes of sapphire.
Where does the name Sapphire originate?
The name, Sapphire derives from “Sapphirus” meaning dear to the planet Saturn. The word Sapphirus is latin. Earliest references to pink as a colour date back to the 17 Century. Pink sapphires have become most popular for engagement rings, worn alongside white diamonds for contrast. For many, a vibrant burst of pink within a durable gemstone makes pink sapphire an attractive choice for a proposal.
Alternative colours for Sapphire
Sapphires come in many different colours. Blue and pink sapphires remain most popular, followed by green and yellow. Pink sapphires capture the essence of romanticism working beautifully alongside diamonds. This winning combination explains the rise in the popularity of pink sapphire and diamond rings.
What is Sapphire?
As you will see from our graphic below, Sapphire is the common name of Corundum. Sapphires and Rubies are both Corundum, but the name Ruby is reserved specifically for red colours of the precious gemstone.
Why is Sapphire popular for engagement rings?
Despite the romanticism and meanings associated with Pink Sapphire, this precious gemstone is popular for good reason. Set into an engagement ring, its hardness of 9closely follows diamond on Mohs scale. Its hardness and durability make it a good choice for an engagement ring for durability during daily wear over a long period of time.
Where are pink sapphires mined?
Most of the world’s gem quality pink sapphires are mined in Madagascar. Treatments to intensify colour involve heating the rough sapphire at low temperatures. This process has no detrimental effect on clarity.
Most popular shades of pink sapphire?
Pink sapphires vary greatly from pale pink to intense purple-pink. The wide range of colour intensities gives buyers the opportunity to choose their preferred colour. Some of our most valuable commissions include high-clarity purplish-pink sapphires, nestled amongst dazzling white diamonds for contrast.
September Sapphire Birthstone
A great deal of pink sapphires meaning derives from Sapphire as September’s birthstone. Anyone lucky enough to be born in September could look towards pink sapphire for their choice of engagement ring. Many of our clients choose sapphires combined with diamonds, held within our regular engagement ring settings.