Sapphire, one of the "Big 3" precious gemstones along with emerald and ruby, is a variety of the mineral corundum. While best known for its signature deep blue hue, sapphire is also available in every other color of the spectrum with the exception of red corundum, which is ruby. September's birthstone has historically symbolized nobility, heaven, fidelity, and romance. Prince Charles popped the question to Lady Diana Spencer with a blue sapphire engagement ring in 1981, heightening its appeal as an alternate gemstone for engagements and weddings.
Natural corundum is relatively rare. Composed of aluminum and oxygen, corundum is given its wide range of colors by other trace elements. Color is the most important factor in determining a sapphire's value. Dark, highly saturated stones are typically the most desirable among blue sapphires. Rare fancy colored sapphires can also be incredibly valuable, perhaps most notably the melon-hued Padparadscha. Sapphire ranks at a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, second only to diamonds among commonly available gemstones. While sapphire should be worn with care, it's a durable stone that requires little maintenance, making it an attractive alternative to the typical diamond engagement ring.
Tradition offers plenty of opportunities for gifting sapphire; in addition to the September birthstone, it's the time-honored gem for three anniversaries: 5th, 45th, and 65th. With an almost endless choice of colors — even gray, white, black and brown, sapphire jewelry can flatter any complexion or style. Multi-colored sapphire jewelry is increasingly popular, mixing an array of candy-colored gems for a rainbow effect. Whether you're pondering that "something blue" for your wedding day or celebrating a milestone, you've come to the right place for the perfect sapphire earrings, bracelet, necklace, or ring, all at exceptional value every day.