September’s birthstone, sapphire, is a highly desirable and captivating stone. In past times it has symbolised trust, wisdom and enlightenment. It is the gem for the 5th and 45th anniversaries.
Although it comes in a variety of colours though never red (as these are called rubies) blue sapphires are the most popular, with the deep cerulean blue being the most sought-after. Sapphires are formed from the corundum mineral and are one of the most popular stones for engagement rings, being one of the hardest stones with a mohs scale of 9. The best examples originally came from Myanmar, with lighter hues found in Sri Lanka and the most beautiful gems likely to come from Kashmir.
My eastern inspired Harem Saphhire Cascade earrings are made with gorgeous briolette vari-coloured blue sapphires. At the base of the earring is a blue topaz briolette.
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