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A Jewelry Lover’s Guide to Sapphires

Sep 3, 2019

by Rachel Mosely

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Though it occurs naturally in a rainbow of hues, September’s enchanting birthstone has been celebrated since antiquity for its signature shade: a deep, velvety blue. Ancient Persian monarchs believed the sky’s cerulean tint was the reflection of a magnificent, celestial-sized sapphire, and over the ages, the stone has maintained that stellar status among the royal set (see also: Princess Diana, who famously wore a showstopper Ceylon sapphire engagement ring that was later passed to Kate Middleton). These days, this majestic gem is a classic choice for any accessory lover—a versatile jewelry box staple that will look as chic paired with a blouse and jeans as it does with your glitziest party outfit. Whether you’re a September child born to wear sapphires or are simply captivated by their richness and brilliance, here are five stylish ways to make this month’s birthstone the crown jewel of your own personal collection.

Raw sapphire dangle earrings from Ringcrush
SHOP: Raw sapphire dangle earrings from Ringcrush, $42

Featuring two rough-cut sapphires perched at the tips of slender, 24 karat gold–dipped arches, these minimalist danglers from Ringcrush embody an elegant—and eminently wearable—take on the natural gemstone trend.

SHOP: Sapphire oval necklace from Embers Jewellery Shop, from $44

An asymmetric shape and subtly textured surface highlight the handmade appeal of this gold-plated sterling silver stunner from Ember’s Jewellery Shop. At roughly 3/4-inch across, the pendant is the ideal size for everyday wear and special occasions alike.

Sapphire orb cluster earrings from Specimental
SHOP: Sapphire orb cluster earrings from Specimental, $405

Depending on your frame of reference, Specimental’s recycled-gold cluster earrings, crafted to cradle cornflower-blue sapphires sourced from Montana’s mineral-rich Yogo Gulch region, might evoke glimmering atomic models of some rare and precious element or a flurry of air bubbles bursting forth from an ultramarine sea.

A marquise sapphire ring from MinimalVS
SHOP: Marquise sapphire ring from MinimalVS, from $1,630

Diamonds, watch your back. Increasingly popular centerpieces for wedding jewelry, sapphires currently rank as the second most-stylish stone choice for proposals. And thanks to breathtaking beauties like this stackable crown-shaped wedding band from MinimalVS, with its marquise-cut sapphire and spray of electric apatite and topaz, it might not stay a runner-up for long.

Ombre sapphire bracelet from Abiza Jewelry
SHOP: Ombré sapphire bracelet from Abiza Jewelry, from $101

Not ready to pick a favorite sapphire-blue shade? Embrace a complete ombré range with this beaded bracelet from Abiza Jewelry, which comes on your choice of an adjustable gold, rose gold, or silver chain.

Sapphire at home

Incorporate splashes of sapphire in your living spaces with these vibrant accent pieces, from ceramic chandeliers to whimsical art prints.

A collage of sapphire-colored items for the home, including a pendant light, a velvet pillow, a monkey art print, and a blue mug with clouds on it
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Ceramic pendant light from Gaff Design, $277; blue velvet throw pillow from FULYAK, from $47; tropical blue monkey print from Floriosa, $98; porcelain cloud mug from Rebecca Williams Ceramics, $31

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28 comments

  • serhiytyhchenko

    Serhii Tyshchenko from WoodenTeam said 41 days ago

    Sapphire has always been my favorite, great products!

  • kjnd3i2q

    Tatyana from MOMsBirdie said 41 days ago

    Such a beautiful color. My favorite is the ceramic chandelier. I would like to have it :)

  • nevstigneeva

    Natalya Evstigneeva from FeltAlchemist said 41 days ago

    It's very interesting. I didn’t even think that sapphire can be used as a colour. Great idea!

  • 4qekqufl

    Tata from TatiJewelryDesigns said 41 days ago

    Blue splendor!I love sapphire with all its shades. Beautiful color.Amazing stone.

  • SecondEditionJewelry

    Emily Clayton from SecondEditionJewelry said 41 days ago

    I adore all of these features...sapphire is such a lovely color!

  • mascollected

    Carol from MasCollected said 41 days ago

    Thank you for the feature Rachel! The Sapphire is such a fine precious gemstone and is surely gaining in popularity. As you say - look out Diamonds! Sapphire was quite popular at the turn of start of the last century as well. So one can find gem studded pieces from a huge number of vintage jewelry sellers here on Etsy. Finds in of Art Deco rings, bracelets and brooches (just to name one era and a few forms of jewelry) are plentiful and now available to Etsy shoppers. The Etsy sapphire blues featured for the home are as lovely as the Etsy jewelry featured! Congrats to all! I sincerely hope everyone who craves a last dip in nature's Sapphire seas this September will get their splash!

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 41 days ago

    Beautiful selections with sapphire shades. Like the idea to add few sapphire pieces to enhance the total look for a living spaces.

  • mpk37teh

    Oksana from AmigurumiJoys said 41 days ago

    Incredibly beautiful stone. Very beautiful color in the interior.

  • jzz7u8fu

    Deepthi from IndianJewelByDeepthi said 41 days ago

    Gorgeous Pieces!

  • x8qnpozo

    Anna from LissiKids said 41 days ago

    The combination of colors of blue sapphire with white diamonds is my favorite! in the interior, Gzhel porcelain in white and blue colors is my favorite. so thanks to Rachel Mosely for the article. lovely

  • esani

    Gillian Northcott from Esani said 41 days ago

    Matches my logo. I think I need to change my birth stone!

  • reneeandy

    Cindy Hudson from Cavahockey said 40 days ago

    My birthstone, so I love sapphires. They can be quite costly depending upon the size and quality. My mother has a replica of Diana's (now Kate's) ring. I imagine that I will be wearing it someday in the (hopefully VERY distant) future. I encourage her to wear it frequently -- not just special occasions. I not only like that rich clear blue color in jewelry and interior accents, but in clothing as well.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 40 days ago

    Beautiful pieces. Wonderful tribute to the precious gemstone and color inspired art ❣

  • sapphireringco

    Sapphire Ring Co from SapphireRingCo said 40 days ago

    this is very beautiful

  • horseheadwreath

    Cindy and Dave from GarnishAndGlitz said 39 days ago

    I love it!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 39 days ago

    Beautiful choices!

  • LadyInPurple

    Jennifer Tyson from LadyInPurpleBoutique said 39 days ago

    Such a beautiful stone! I'm loving the sapphire earrings from Ringcrush!

  • mendllbp

    Posh Park from PoshPark said 39 days ago

    Love the ideas! Congratulations on the feature

  • 47gb3q1y

    Jane and Marry from OrionKidsShop said 38 days ago

    Having a sapphire wall at home I'ld like to have a pillow in this color as well. Now I have a huge wall print but I need this pillow to make the room decor more perfect. I happens to everyone I guess - sometimes you are seeking for something and do not even realise what exactly you'ld like to have - and suddenly - WOW - that's IT :) Thank you for insights.

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 38 days ago

    Beautiful Sapphires for September! How could we live without the color Blue!

  • JBMDesigns

    Jodie from JBMDesigns said 38 days ago

    Love seeing all of the Sapphire color used in so many ways! I am biased though since it is my Birthstone :) Beautiful selections!

  • LandOfPlentyAkron

    Jewels Verne from ForestCitySilverCo said 38 days ago

    Love the ombre sapphire bracelet!

  • ml0lycop

    Anastasia from MypartyboxPrintable said 38 days ago

    Sapphire in interior design is is the best idea for a bedroom!

  • oau6pja3

    Dasha from toyscatsnightie said 37 days ago

    Very beautiful color sapphire stone. Noble and deep. I like that color. I would like to have interior details of this color.

  • wewy6lby

    Maryna from SedfatDoll said 31 days ago

    Incredibly beautiful jewelry. The ring is my favorite😍. Looks like a tiara, really like it. I need to give a hint to husband, which ring I want for the anniversary😉

  • jaykrishnadiamond

    Nilesh pokiya from JAYKRISHNADIAMOND said 22 days ago

    Beautiful Pieces !!! ♥♥♥

  • 3kmm0rsn

    Alyona and Vera from JewelryByZafiro said 17 days ago

    Such a beautiful stone! Noble and deep

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 10 days ago

    I love the ring!

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