Let’s Celebrate Sapphire, Birthstone of September, Again

It’s September again, a month that I long for all year and welcome with anticipation and excitement, even this year—especially this year.

Eriness sapphire baguette ring
Vertical baguette ring in 14k yellow gold with 4.78 cts. t.w. blue sapphires, $3,295; Eriness
Andreoli sapphire necklace
Necklace with sapphires and diamonds, price on request; Andreoli

September is never what you want it to be. The calendar says September 1 and we grab for our sweaters only to sweat in the 90-degree heat—it’s like we never learn. But it’s this consistent performance we make year after year that cultivates a sense of anticipation and hope for a better future (in September’s case, it’s a hope for cooler weather and changing leaves), which can be applied to what we’re collectively living now—hang in there, we’ll get there.

Sarah Hendler sapphire earrings
Earrings in 18k yellow gold and rhodium with sapphires and diamonds, $12,075; Sarah Hendler

While the autumn revelers among us brew their pumpkin-flavored coffees and plan their Halloween costumes (or insert whatever fall activity makes you happiest here), jewelry lovers and those born during the month of September are also relishing in the gemstone of the month: sapphire.

Alison Lou sapphire cocktail ring
Cocktail ring in 14k yellow gold with enamel and lab-grown sapphire, $1,235; Alison Lou
Ananya Lotus stud earrings
Lotus stud earrings in 18k white gold with 1.08 cts. t.w. sapphires, $1,961; Ananya
Deborah Pagani horeshoe ring
Horseshoe ring with sapphire and 0.83 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Deborah Pagani
Meadowlark sapphire ring
Hexagon ring in 18k yellow gold with blue sapphire, $2,315; Meadowlark

Our annual celebration of sapphire is as predictable as the lighting of a pumpkin-scented candle on September 1: You can count on the fact that it will happen, every year, never fail. While I have nothing but repetition in words (a gemstone as glorious as sapphire warrants unchanging praise, after all), the good news is that there are always new creations that keep this annual celebration feeling familiar but never monotonous.

Graziela sapphire earrings
Earrings in 18k blue rhodium gold with sapphires, $4,850; Graziela
Jemma Wynne diamond sapphire open ring
One-of-a-kind open ring in 18k white gold with Asscher-cut diamond and rectangular Ceylon sapphire, price on request; Jemma Wynne

Though sapphires come in all colors of the rainbow—and rainbow jewelry is a hot category worthy of its demand—there’s just something beyond special about the deep blue glow of a classic sapphire. It really never tires, never fades, never ceases to inspire a racing heart and an even faster withdrawal from the bank account. It’s romantic, it’s mysterious, it’s everlasting and filled with wonder. Yes, friends, it’s a favorite time of year for many, and for many reasons. That it is the month of sapphire is one of the best of them.

Top: Ring in 18k white gold with sapphires and diamonds, $16,500; Nam Cho

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