Sapphires have been cherished since ancient times for their gorgeous array of hues, in particular their precious blue shade, and supposed protective and healing properties. A favourite alternative (or addition) to diamonds in engagement rings thanks to the tastes of royals such as the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie, as September’s birthstone, sapphires are believed to represent fidelity and romance.
The good news for anyone buying for a September birthday girl is that, thanks to the huge span of colours sapphires come in, they’re also available at an equally expansive range of price points. From wallet-friendly demi-fine jewels to bank-busting high jewellery pieces, here’s our guide to the best sapphire birthstone jewellery for September.
There are hoop earrings and then there are hoop earrings. Set with 16.46cts of deep blue sapphires on one side and 7.95cts of diamonds on the other, there’s no angle from which these Graff earrings don’t look stunning.
This is not your teenage daughter’s choker. Crafted from 18 carat white gold, this gorgeously sculptural piece features eight round-cut sapphires, interspersed with diamonds, which rest elegantly on the clavicle, instantly lifting everything from white shirts to floor-length gowns.
Combining both their initial and birthstone, there are few more personal gifts than Pacharee’s alphabet necklace. Created by designer Sophie Pacharee, who learned the jewellery trade from her gem collecting father, the full alphabet is available, with each featuring a gradient of pink sapphires and tourmalines.
If she prefers her jewellery with a Gothic bent you’ll be hard-pressed to find something more suitable than Kimberly McDonald’s geode drop earrings. The eponymous American designer has taken the organic shape of the geodes as the base for the earrings – making them one-of-a-kind – surrounding the stones with sapphires and diamonds to highlight their depth of colour.
Yes, the price tag of this bracelet may initially be breathtaking (for context you could buy a Porsche 911 or a three-bed detached home in Liverpool for the same price), but the care, craftsmanship and unparalleled quality more than justifies the pound signs. Created with two intertwining bands of white gold, one of which is studded with dozens of deep blue sapphires and the other fringed with baguette diamonds, the finishing touch is an impeccable creamy South Sea pearl.
Taking its cues from classic signet rings – but without the need to belong to a noble family with its own crest – this gold ring from Parisian jewellery brand Feidt features a bird motif inspired by ancient coins encircled by 18 round-cut grey sapphires. Perfect for everyday wear.
Intricate yet understated, this beautiful vine bracelet by Annoushka Ducas features a huge 92 blue sapphires, all hand set in 18ct yellow gold. Inspired by Grecian motifs and the beauty of the repetitions found in nature, it looks greats worn on its own or stacked with other yellow gold pieces.
Bucherer Fine Jewellery
Showcasing sapphires in all their multi-coloured glory, this eternity-style ring comes from Bucherer Fine Jewellery’s Pastello range, with each stone carefully selected for its feminine pastel hue. Set in 18 carat rose gold and featuring 34 sapphires, the design is also available in single or triple bands, making it the ideal piece for those who like to mix and match their jewellery.