Sapphire: The Many Shades of a September Birthday

A symbol of truth, divinity, sincerity and faithfulness.

The heavenly birthstone for September and chosen gem commemorating the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries.



eptember are one lucky group! Sapphires are one of the big three in colored gemstones  the other two being Emerald and Ruby.  This vibrant gem was first discovered in Kashmir around 1881 following a landslide in the Himalayas, but today it is found all over the world in mines of Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar and the United States (mainly Montana), and among other countries in Asia and Africa. For centuries, Sapphires have been sought after for its diamond-like hardness and durability as well as its stunning color range. 


When we think Sapphire, Blue Sapphire is what commonly comes to mind. But thanks to trace elements in the Corundum mineral, Sapphires come in an array of colors from red, orange, yellow, green, pink, blue and violet the whole spectrum of the rainbow. 


Whether you are celebrating a September birthday or looking to add something new to your jewelry collection, you can't go wrong with this colorful gemstone. Here's a few of our favorites that set the tone this season from our Sapphire collection...


One of our absolute favorite pieces that shows the Sapphire color range is Alex Sepkus's signature Candy ring. Accented by white diamonds, this ring is sure to please any September baby! 


We've been swooning over our latest LA designer, Emily Wheeler and her ultra-sleek collection. Her Split Diamond Earrings with Pink Sapphires bring a timeless yet edgy sophistication and instant confidence whether dressed up for a date night out or down with a cozy knit sweater. 


Sapphire Ring-Erika Winters Bridal Jewelry-Alchemy Jeweler

We can't talk about Sapphires without highlighting the Erika Winters Mariana Ring that features a 1.79ct untreated, piercing Blue Sapphire set in icy Platinum. With Sapphires, it is common to see heat treatments to enhance their color. Being untreated, this ring is a rare showstopper, allowing the wearer to peek into the striking inclusions and striations of a natural sapphire. 



Lord Jewelry-Sapphire Necklace-Alchemy Jeweler

We love the electric palettes of Lord Jewelry. This 18k gold handmade chain with rose cut sapphires and their signature vibrant enamel is the perfect piece to introduce color to a neutral fall look and create effortless layers. 


Lauren K - Fall Jewelry- Alchemy Jeweler

Keep things simple and bright as we transition from summer to fall. The Green Sapphire studs from NY designer, Lauren K is the color to wear as an everyday stud or compliment a dangling earring. 


Temple St Clair - Amulet - Alchemy Jeweler

This fall we will see polished metals and rainbow statements. But if you're more timeless with your statements this petite Precious Amulet from Temple St. Clair with blue sapphire, emerald and ruby instantly elevates any outfit you'll wear year round as a forever keepsake. 




Caring for Your Sapphires

Sapphires are just behind diamonds in hardness, ranking 9 on the Mohs scale. It has excellent toughness and no cleavage, which is a tendency to break when struck. This makes it a great choice for everyday jewelry and heirlooms.

Before you buy your sapphire, ask if it is treated. The September birthstone is often treated to improve its color or clarity. Most commonly, we see heat treatments which bring out beautiful hues. Note, though, if your sapphire is fracture-filled or dyed, it can be damaged by even mild acids like lemon juice. 

Warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush is always safe for a little sprucing up. For deeper cleanings we would love to have you visit our studio and check in on its condition. 

Custom is our expertise and we would love to begin the design process with you whether that be with a sapphire or something completely different! We work entirely from scratch or with heirloom gems and jewelry to recreate and bring new life to your meaningful pieces. Contact or call/text us (503)-227-8373 to inquire about your custom design.