Sapphire & Lapis
September babies are lucky to have this years "classic blue" Pantone color represented in their birthstone: Sapphire. Throughout history sapphire has been associated with royalty and romance. The most notable romantic blue sapphire belonged to Princess Diana, given to her by Britain's Prince Charles in 1981 as her engagement ring. Her sapphire ring helped modernize the traditional diamond solitaire creating demand for sapphires as an alternative modern engagement ring.
Sapphires come in a variety of colors from pink to purple to green to colorless. While we will always love a classic blue sapphire, it's fun and unexpected to wear sapphires in full spectral colors.
Another "classic blue" colored gemstone is luxurious lapis lazuli. For thousands of years, lapis has been cut into gemstones to show off its rich royal blue color. It is one of the oldest known gemstones to adorn ancients from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China, and Rome. It was valued for its rich stunning color, and was prized as much as other blue gemstones like sapphire and turquoise.
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