Well hello there, September! If you look back through my yearly sapphire-related posts (always this same time of year), I fear that you’ll find me to be a broken record. The phrase “What is there to say about sapphire that hasn’t already been said?” is surely present at least a couple of times (and make this article count for one more).
So, year after year, I strive to think of something new to add to the narrative of this beloved stone. This superhero of the jewelry world, star of treasured family heirlooms and engagement rings, and birthstone pendants and everyday stud earrings. Apart from diamond, I dare say that no stone comes close to ranking as high on the popularity scale as sapphire, and that is a status it deserves.
So why, then, do I feel I have been ignoring it recently? It is a testament to how finicky and spoiled this jewelry fan can be, scrolling through Instagram feeds and designer’s websites, wanting to score that love at first sight feeling, that one that makes you say “Oh, wow” out loud.
Often, I seek the sensation I’m looking for with a visit to Cheryl Kremkow’s Instagram feed (@kremkow). There, the Gem Obsessed (the name of Kremkow’s website) cultivate some of the most spectacular findings from jewelry shows and events, through her beyond excellent photography. The rich pictures depict creations with opals (always a crowd-pleaser), tourmaline of all sorts, emeralds, and moonstones, to name some of the common findings.
Sapphire is present, though, if not as often as one might expect, and displays its ability to shine as both an accent stone and a centerpiece, in its vivid array of colors.
I think we all love sapphire, and it’s like a comfortable relationship that sometimes needs a little spark to get the engines revving again. Sapphire is so reliably wonderful, it’s easy to take it for granted.
It shouldn’t take an insanely incredible example of sapphire to serve as a reminder of what makes this precious stone so phenomenal—but it doesn’t hurt. So here’s a good mix: mega-gemstone sapphire jewels and some of the loveliest pieces peppered with September’s birthstone.
Top: Ring in platinum with 6.97 ct. sapphire and 1.56 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Color Source Gems
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