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September Birthstone Jewelry

Sapphire, the star of September birthstone jewelry, is always associated with the color blue even though this gem occurs in a wide range of hues. Since the Middle Ages, when clergy wore sapphire to symbolize Heaven, this gem has been thought to bestow peace and amiability upon the wearer. Today it has more practical benefits: color psychologists associate blue with dependability, trust, and loyalty. They suggest that we wear this hue when we want to look intelligent, garner respect, or communicate an important message. And this rich and elegant gemstone looks great on everyone. Here you’ll find a selection of sapphire pieces that will suit every personality style. For ideas on wearing September birthstone jewelry, see this blog post.

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    Blue-Glass Flower & Diamanté French Art Deco Necklace

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    Clusters of delicate blue-glass-flower-shaped beads with white glass centers interspersed with clusters of diamanté form this gorgeous Art Deco necklace that is probably from France. Three rhinestone rondelles form the screw-in closure. This necklace has been restrung by my expert jeweler. What a knockout! Wear it with real or faux diamond stud earrings and you’ll own any room you enter!

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    Sapphire & Diamanté Bow 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    Diamanté-encrusted silver-tone metal loops showcase the sapphire rhinestone and diamanté center of this lovely and sparkly 1940s bow brooch. As with Mazer pieces from this period, this one has excellent construction, as illustrated by the rivet that affixes the center. This rhodium-plated brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. I have the same design in another brooch, which has gold-tone metal and emerald rhinestones — scroll down to see it.

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    Sapphire & Diamanté Jeweleaf 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Alfred Philippe for Trifari

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    Named Jeweleaf, this 1950s set by Alfred Philippe features sapphire glass baguettes that outline diamanté-embellished maple leaves. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal. The brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings are clip-backs. An all diamanté version, described as “platinum-toned … paved with stones” and “one of two charming variations on a Spring theme”, was advertised in the February 1, 1952 issue of Vogue. The brooch was $17.50, and the earrings were $15.00, for a total of $32.50. (In 1950, the average U.S. family’s income was $81.50 per week.) Note that the photo of the brooch alone shows it in the position indicated in the design patent (last photo), but you can wear the brooch in any position you wish.

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    Sapphire & Diamanté Layered Bow 1940s Brooch by Pennino

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    The design and construction of this late 1940s sapphire-and-diamanté-layered bow brooch by Pennino is so fine that I bought it for myself, but now I’m reluctantly offering it to a new home. The quality rivals that of precious jewelry, but this one is available for a fraction of the cost! The top layer features a pavé ribbon with sapphire rhinestones and diamanté, cinched with gold metal. The bottom layer has tiny sapphire rhinestones set in white metal. Pennino pieces are always exceptional, and this one is superb.

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    Sapphire & Pavé Vermeil Bow 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This 1950 sapphire rhinestone and pavé bow brooch set in gold-plated metal is another outstanding example of Marcel Boucher’s work. The pavé curls, open-work sides and square-cut faceted sapphire rhinestones that form the knot showcase his attention to detail. This brooch has a roll-over safety clasp.  The same design with emerald rhinestones is available — scroll down to see it.

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    Sapphire & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This 1940s classic sapphire and sterling bow brooch and earrings set by Hobé is a bit smaller and more restrained than other pieces he produced in this decade, but this set is just as beautiful. The sapphire glass stones are a lovely shade of blue. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are screw-backs.

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  • 1920s bracelet with faux sapphire in sterling filigree by Granbery
    Faux sapphire & sterling filigree Art Deco bracelet
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    Sapphire & Sterling Filigree Art Deco Bracelet by Granbery

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    This 1920s bracelet with faux sapphires and sterling silver filigree has the same detail and craftsmanship as Art Deco filigree bracelets fashioned from gold and platinum. The slide-in safety clasp is the same type as those used in fine pieces. This one is a bit wider than usual, too. Granbery Flexible Bracelets were advertised in the June 1925 issue of The Keystone, a trade publication. Scroll down to see a selection of sapphire Art Deco necklaces and earrings to wear with this bracelet. And what a great accessory for a bride!

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    Sapphire 1950s Earrings by Schreiner (Unsigned)

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    These 1950s clip-back earrings with multiple shades and shapes of sapphire glass are another example of Schreiner’s genius, even though they are unsigned. The silver-tone setting features his dog-tooth prongs and donut-hole clip-backs. These earrings can beautifully accessorize the latest fashion trends as well as your perennial favorites. Wear them with casual, office and evening attire to great acclaim!

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    Sapphire Art Deco Chicklet-style Necklace

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    This Art Deco necklace of square-cut, faceted pale-sapphire-glass stones is another variation of the era’s popular chicklet necklace. The stones are set in silver-tone frames at the center of a delicate chain that may be sterling silver, but it is unmarked. This necklace closes with a spring-ring clasp.

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    Faux sapphire Art Deco earrings
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    Sapphire Art Deco Dangling Earrings

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    These faux sapphire earrings create a lot of movement with their half-moon stones suspended on silver chains with a dangling stone in the middle. The domed round stone at the earring top and half-moon at the bottom are both faceted. The original screw-backs were converted to sterling silver lever-backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. Scroll down to see a selection of sapphire Art Deco bracelets to wear with these earrings. If you don’t have pierced earrings, a pair of sapphire dangling Art Deco earrings with their original screw-backs is available — scroll down to see them as well.

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    Sapphire Bead & Gold Wire 1950s Bar Pin by Hattie Carnegie

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    This tapered 1950s bar pin by Hattie Carnegie features tiny deep-sapphire-blue glass beads and gold-tone wire wound in alternating rows and finished with a gold-tone back. I have another brooch in the same style, also by this maker, which has pearl and diamanté in a silver-tone setting — scroll down to see it.

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    Sapphire bead Art Deco necklace by Louis Rousselet
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    Sapphire Bead & Ivory Galalith Puzzle Necklace by Louis Rousselet

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    This sapphire bead necklace is another example of Louis Rousselet’s puzzle designs. The mottled-blue-glass beads are interspersed with interlocking cream and dark blue Galalith oval beads, all strung on chain. This French Art Deco necklace closes with a screw-barrel clasp. This gorgeous piece was part of my personal collection. I guarantee you’ll have fun wearing it. Scroll down to see another version of this necklace with jade and cream beads.

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    Sapphire Bead & Rondelle Art Deco Pendant Earrings

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    These classy and long Art Deco pendant earrings feature a blue rhinestone rondelle (which I have never seen before!) sandwiched between a pair of faceted sapphire-blue-glass beads, capped at each end with decorated silver-tone metal and suspended from silver-tone chain. A small diamanté is designed to adorn each earlobe. These all-original screw-back earrings can be modified for pierced ears. The backs of the screws are marked sterling, but I don’t know if the rest of the silver findings are as well. These lovely earrings can be worn anywhere, anytime. Scroll down to see some lovely pieces that coordinate well with these earrings as well as sapphire Art Deco earrings already converted for pierced ears.

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  • Art Deco drop earrings with sapphire glass beads
    Sapphire bead Art Deco drop earrings
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    Sapphire Bead Art Deco Drop Earrings

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    These Art Deco drop earrings are a 1920s design with faceted sapphire glass beads suspended from each end of chain. These earrings are from my personal collection. The original screw-backs were converted to sterling silver lever-backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. These earrings are simple, yet versatile and noticeable. Scroll down to see the perfect Art Deco bracelets to wear with these earrings.

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    Sapphire Chicklet & Enamel Art Deco Necklace

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    Faceted square-cut sapphire-blue-glass chicklets alternate with glass stones molded in a step pattern to form this Art Deco classic necklace. The two blue enamel links on each end make me think this piece is European in origin. This necklace closes with a spring-ring clasp. The original silver-tone finish is a bit worn in places, so some of the brass is showing, but who cares? This elegant piece is versatile and timeless, and from my personal collection. This necklace looks lovely with my sapphire and filigree Art Deco bracelets – scroll down to see them.

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    Sapphire Chicklet-style Art Deco Necklace

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    This stunning Art Deco piece, with its faceted, deep-blue-sapphire-glass stones, is an unusual and rich variation of that era’s chicklet necklace. This one has round stones alternating with larger horizontally-set rectangular stones. At the center of the necklace the rectangular stones are vertically-set, to create a focal point. The faceting on these stones is unusual, and the color is divine. The stones are set in and linked with silver-tone metal; only the clasp is marked sterling. This necklace, which closes with a spring-ring clasp, takes the chicklet style to a whole new level! Scroll down to see sapphire Art Deco bracelets to wear with this gorgeous necklace.

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    Sapphire Drop Art Deco Earrings

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    Round sapphire-glass stones in open-back decorative silver-tone settings and suspended from a delicate chain form these versatile and easy-to-wear Art Deco earrings. The original screw-backs were converted to sterling silver lever-backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. These earrings coordinate beautifully with several of my other sapphire Art Deco pieces — scroll down to see a selection. If you don’t have pierced earrings, I have sapphire dangling Art Deco earrings with their original screw-backs — scroll down to see them as well.

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  • Fringe necklace with sapphire glass stones
    Sapphire glass stone fringe necklace
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    Sapphire Fringe Art Deco Necklace

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    This 1920s fringe necklace has trios of faceted, round sapphire-glass stones alternating with five faceted rectangular ones. Eleven stone-studded lines form the fringe in the center. All are mounted in silver-tone metal frames. A paper-clip chain with a spring-ring clasp finishes this delicate piece. The fact that the clasp is not centered does not detract from the beauty of this necklace. Wear it with a v-neckline to maximize the jewelry’s beauty. Scroll down to see the perfect bracelets to wear with this piece.

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    Sapphire Lava Rock & Amethyst 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    Sometimes I think a brooch should come with an instruction sheet on the proper position to wear the piece, and this is one of those times. So I’m showing this exquisite 1950s Elsa Schiaparelli creation three different ways, hoping that at least one of them will appeal to you. Or you may think of a better one! This incredible brooch has two large sapphire blue glass lava rocks in dog-tooth prongs embellished with sapphire and pale amethyst round and navette glass stones. The lava rocks have an incredible iridescence, and the color combination is delicious. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. This gorgeous piece is Schiaparelli at her best!

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    Sapphire Melon Bead Art Deco Necklace

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    Sapphire blue glass beads molded in the shape of melons form this lovely Art Deco necklace. Exactly when this necklace was made is uncertain, but I associate melon beads with the Art Deco era. This necklace was professionally restrung with knots after the photos were taken. The gold-tone clasp has a tongue-in-groove closure.

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    Sapphire Poured Glass 1950s Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These 1950s Hattie Carnegie earrings feature a lovely shade of sapphire blue poured glass in a delicately-detailed gold-tone setting with clip-backs.  Light passes through the glass.  The design is timeless and versatile!

     

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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Gold Bouquet 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This 1950s sapphire, diamanté and gold-plated bouquet brooch by Marcel Boucher exemplifies the flowing motifs and textured metals of the period.  The pave ribbon that ties the stems speaks to the maker’s attention to detail and design genius.  This piece has a roll-over safety clasp.

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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Reinad

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    I couldn’t decide if this 1940s Retro Modern rose-gold-washed sterling silver brooch with large faceted sapphire glass stones and diamanté accents by Reinad should be worn horizontally or vertically until I saw Anne Baxter wearing a set like this in the 1946 movie Angel on my Shoulder. Her brooch was perfectly placed in the vertical position on her dress at the base of its V-neckline. She even wore the matching earrings. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are screw-backs.  I’ve included a photo of the brooch in the horizontal position, so you can decide if you prefer it that way. You can see a similar piece that was shown in the 1945 catalog of Bennett Brothers (a jewelry wholesaler). The page was entitled “New Pink Gold Finish on Sterling Silver — Styled by Master Craftsmen” (who were not named). The brooch shown in the last photo was $28.50 retail, and the earrings were $13.50, or $42.00 for the set. (While I don’t have income statistics for the mid-1940s, to put these prices in perspective, the U.S. government reported that by 1950, the average American household’s weekly income was about $81.)

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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    This 1940s Retro Modern brooch features a bouquet of three flowers with rose gold-washed sterling silver leaves and stems, all tied with a bow.  The flowers have teardrop sapphire glass stone and diamanté baguette petals along with diamanté centers. The ribbon and leaves have diamanté accents. This brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The significant weight and complex construction of this piece are characteristics of Adolph Katz’s designs for Coro’s high-end line, Corocraft.

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