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For September’s Most Vibrant Sapphires, Try Purple


We’re on the cusp of September, that glorious month that welcomes the changing of seasons and is represented by a most beloved gemstone—sapphire.

Surely, you’ll get your fill of the the latest, most beautiful sapphires this month here on JCK (like this roundup of birthstone beauties), elsewhere, and in social media, though is there such a thing as getting your fill of such a lovely stone?

Most of them will be blue. A blue so divine, you’ll wish to leap right in. Now I’m not suggesting that image could be tiresome (truly never!), but just this once, maybe we can welcome sapphire with another one of its hues?

Ark violet Lakshmi stud earrings
Violet Lakshmi stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1 ct. t.w. sapphires, $1,500; Ark Fine Jewelry
Future Fortune purple sapphire Lucky Charm ring
Lucky Charm ring in 18k yellow gold with round purple sapphires, $5,200; Future Fortune
Marrow Fine Maude purple sapphire ring
Maude engagement ring with violet sapphire and diamonds, $15,000; Marrow Fine
Vram butterfly sapphire ring
One-of-a-kind butterfly ring with sapphires, price on request; Vram
Lauren K sapphire earrings
Earrings in 18k yellow gold with fancy purple sapphires, price on request; Lauren K

Purple feels a proper choice for autumn, albeit an unexpected one. Especially in a lighter, pastel-ish form, it’s a color often marked for spring and summer. But for each of fall’s lusciously dramatic, dark colors, a purple sapphire provides the perfect complement. It’s playful against an emerald green, brightening with burgundy, flowery with brown. It’s uplifting against black, bold with navy blue, and unexpected with orange.

Carter Eve Lilac Flora ring
Lilac Flora ring in 14k yellow gold with 1.6 ct. Asscher-cut purple sapphire and diamonds, $3,800; Carter Eve Jewelry
Jacquie Aiche sapphire spinner ring
Ombre spike spinner ring in 14k yellow and rose gold with 3.9 cts. t.w. sapphires and 0.18 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,750; Jacquie Aiche
Toktam Petals earrings
Flora and Fauna Petals earrings in 18k white gold with purple sapphires, $2,040; Toktam
Marei Dorian purple sapphire ring
Dorian floating teardrop engagement ring in 18k yellow gold with 1.77 ct. purple sapphire and diamonds, $14,600; Marei
Sasa purple sapphire and garnet ring
Fete No. 2 ring in 14k yellow gold with 1.59 ct. cushion-cut sapphire and rhodolite garnets, $8,090; Sasa

If you see purple gemstones and think maybe they’re not your thing, that’s understandable—the rich grape of an amethyst isn’t for everyone. But have you tried purple sapphire? Because it’s practically impossible to resist.

Top: Marcus & Co. circa 1920 ring in platinum with purple sapphire and diamonds, $29,000; Fred Leighton

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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