September's Birthstone - Sapphire

It is September, which means it’s the month of Sapphire. How exciting!

The September birthstone has traditionally symbolised, serenity, truth, and nobility. For many centuries, sapphire has been worn by royalty and been seen on the robes of the clergy. The elite of ancient Greece and Rome believed that blue sapphires protected their owners from harm and envy – how crazy is that!

Sapphires are the most precious and valuable blue gemstone. The name sapphire derives from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Some believe that the name, Sapphire is associated with the planet Saturn. As the name can roughly be translated to mean “dear to the planet Saturn”.

The most valuable source of Sapphires was discovered in Kashmir in the 1880’s, when a landslide up in the Himalayas exposed a large pocket of velvety “cornflower” blue crystals. The Mogok area of Myanmar is another famed local for sapphire production. Here sapphire occurs alongside ruby. In Sri Lanka, the “jewel box of the Indian ocean” have also produced gemstones for over 2,000 years.



The gemstone is very hard wearing, scoring a 9 on the Mohs scale – second only to diamond. It is therefore extremely tough, which is perfect for daily wear. Although the name sapphire is usually associated with the colour blue, it actually comes in a very wide range of colours including teal, violet, purple, pink, yellow & orange, as well as white  - so you are spoilt for choice! In fact it is this myriad of colours that Dan uses to create his ombre masterpieces in gold. Some stones even exhibit colour change most often going from blue in daylight or fluorescent lighting, to purple under incandescent light.

Our Sapphire jewellery is a perfect gift for people who are born in September or for people who love the variety of colours we offer! Here at Dower & Hall, we feature Sapphire in various of styles and metals with a wide choice of prices, all made with recycled materials and ethically sourced gems.