Swooning Over Sapphires: The September Birthstone
POV: The year is 1881 and a landslide in the Himalayas of Kashmir unveils a pocket of brilliant blue stones. These gleaming gems will become known as the Kashmir Blue Sapphire, a variation that boasts an irresistible velvety blue hue.
Since sapphires are dense and heavy, they are prone to collecting in large pockets and are often discovered near rivers. Sapphires are formed millions of years ago in one of two ways: metamorphic events or magmatic events. A metamorphic event describes when heat and pressure cause the crystallization of the mineral corundum. This type of sapphire has traditionally been sourced in Sri Lanka, Mogok, Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, and of course, Kashmir. Magmatic sapphires are pushed to the surface in volcanic eruptions and can be found in Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and North America.
With a long-standing legacy as part of “The Big Three” next to rubies and emeralds, sapphires are the September birthstone and traditionally gifted for 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries. The name “sapphire” comes from the Latin word “saphirus” and Greek word “sapheiros” which both mean blue, but guess what? This precious gem can actually be found in a variety of colors outside of the popular blue that you’re probably most familiar with.
September babies can revel in the beauty of this regal, romantic stone. Sapphires are said to symbolize a connection to heaven, harmony, loyalty, and trust. Some also believe that this sought-after stone has the power to protect those born in the month of September.
Sapphires are crystals made of the mineral corundum and sit at a 9/10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. This makes them the second hardest crystal structure next to the diamond. With a tough exterior and no cleavage, sapphires are a great choice of stone for day-to-day wear since they stay shiny and rarely scratch. A word of warning, however—some jewelers treat sapphires to improve the color or clarity. Before purchasing a sapphire, always ask if the stone was treated and get as much information as you can on the method used in order to understand if your piece of jewelry needs special care.
Perhaps one of the most famous sapphire pieces of modern history is Princess Diana, and now Duchess Kate’s, 12-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Inspired by Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond cluster brooch, the ring was created by the jeweler Garrard & Co. This piece was unique for the 1981 engagement since it was not custom-made and could actually be purchased by anyone through the Garrard collection. Can you imagine twinning with a princess for your engagement ring design? Well, with the Uneek Royal Blue Collection, you can channel that royal energy into your own style.
Style # (Left to Right) LVS1025RDBS, LVRRI4169WS
Our sapphire jewelry collection is composed of one-of-a-kind rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants, and necklaces, mounted with the most breathtaking sapphires ethically sourced by designer Benjamin Javaheri and accented with diamonds. The design aesthetic for this collection leans towards modern classic, with some pieces sprinkled with vintage inspiration. Our sapphire rings are crafted to be versatile, so you can flaunt each piece as a right-hand ring or wear as an alternative engagement ring.
Whether you’re celebrating a September birthday, 5th anniversary, 45th anniversary, or simply can’t get enough of that blue hue, you’re sure to find a piece you’ll swoon over in our Royal Blue Collection.
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