Sapphire is the birthstone for September, the gem for the zodiac sign Virgo and is linked with the 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 23rd, 45th and 65th wedding anniversaries.

A popular choice in jewellery due to its exceptional brilliance, range of colour and hardness (9 on Moh’s scale)  While most commonly thought of as blue, sapphire actually occurs in a wide range of colours, including pink, purple, orange, yellow, green and brown. (Sapphire is every colour of the mineral corundum except for red, which is ruby.)