Sporting Sapphires This September!

September 12, 2013

By Stephanie Desmond for Henne Jewelers

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Sapphire is the September birthstone, so it’s time to pull them out of the jewelry box! These gems usually come in a dark hue, so they are perfect to pair with fall colors and sweaters.

The sapphire is a variety of corundum, the other two types being rubies. They typically are found as a blue gem, but they can also come in yellow, pink, purple, orange, or a greenish color. One of the most well-known blue sapphires is the 423-karat Logan sapphire at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. It is one of the largest gem quality blue sapphires in existence.

Besides color, there are some other variations when it comes to sapphires. One is the star sapphire, which displays a six-ray “star” pattern caused by underlying crystal structure. It can be found in a cloudy gem, like the Star of Bombay (right) or in more visible, clean stone. There are also color change sapphires, which shine a blue hue in outdoor light, and purple inside. These are mostly found in Tanzania.  
Henne Jewelers has many sapphires to add to your collection. For a night on the town, check out these sapphire and diamond Samba earrings. Pair it with the matching pendant and no one will be able to take their eyes off of you!

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