Although sapphires are the birthstone of September, they date back for centuries, are a celebrity favorite from the Golden Age of Hollywood and are the most widely recognized alternative stone for engagement rings.
Here are five aspirational sapphire jewels, from antique to vintage for all September babies and any woman considering this gem, associated with fidelity, loyalty and trust.
S.J. Phillips pair of 19th-century sapphire and diamond pendant earrings, c.1850, each with a principal cushion cut sapphire within a diamond border, below three graduated and articulated diamond set foliate motifs, the sapphire claw set in gold, the cushion and rounded brilliant cut diamonds cut-down collet set in silver and gold.
Estate Diamond Jewelry’s impressive vintage Bulgari ring centers a superb quality Ceylon sapphire weighing 11.91-carats. Flanking the center gemstone are two triangle diamonds. This ring is 18k yellow gold and is signed Bulgari, circa 1970. The center sapphire is natural and does not indicate thermal or any treatment. An unheated Sapphire of this size and quality are very rare to find.
Wartski’s Rare Necklace, Carl Faberge, c.1908. Comprised of Sapphire, diamond, silver and gold and formed from thirteen graduating clusters of oval, brilliant cut, blue sapphires encircled by rose cut diamonds, joined by rose and brilliant diamond set bows suspending diamond set floral swags supported on openwork galleries, set in silver and mounted on gold (with later matching earrings).By Fabergé’s Chief Jeweller: Albert Holmström St Petersburg, 1908.
Kentshire’s Retro scroll design, gold clip brooches, set with square cut sapphires and round diamonds set in platinum and 18K. Signed Boucheron, Paris.
Macklowe Gallery’s Van Cleef & Arpels blue sapphire and diamond “Camellia” brooch. It evokes the spectacular blossom from Asia that possessed the European imagination from the late 18th century onward. Like their camellia-loving contemporary Coco Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels designers were inspired by the sumptuous flower, creating this classic line of jewels that has been beloved since the 1950s.