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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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  • Vintage glass bead necklace in shades of blue with rings
    Blue bead & glass ring Art Deco necklace
    USD$425.00
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    Blue Blown Glass Bead Necklace with Rings

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    This vintage glass bead necklace has clusters of blown-glass beads in shades of blue wound together with wire and linked with clear glass rings. Although the spring-ring clasp doesn’t provide a clue to the necklace’s origin, I believe it was made in Europe. This piece was recently restrung by my expert jeweler. This wreath-like jewel from my personal collection is a lovely topping to a round-neck garment and the perfect colors for women who dress in a cool palette. Scroll down to see crystal ball earrings to wear with this necklace as well as a similar one with peach-glass beads.
    USD$425.00
    USD$425.00
  • 1920s choker necklace with blue glass flowers & diamante
    French choker with blue glass flower beads & diamante
    USD$695.00
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    Blue-Glass Flower & Diamanté 1920s Choker Necklace

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    This 1920s choker necklace is formed by clusters of delicate blue-glass-flower-shaped beads with white glass centers that alternate with clusters of diamanté. Three rondelles form the screw-in closure. This necklace, which was probably made in France in the 1920s, 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! A great jewel for women who look best in cool colors.
    USD$695.00
    USD$695.00
  • Trifari leaf brooch & earrings set
    'Jeweleaf' brooch
    USD$245.00
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    Sapphire & Diamanté ‘Jeweleaf’ Brooch & Earrings Set by Trifari

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    This Trifari leaf brooch and ear clips set was named Jeweleaf. Designed by Alfred Philippe in 1951, it features diamanté-paved maple leaves outlined with sapphire-glass baguettes. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. 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 jewel in any position you wish. Scroll down to see the perfect bracelet to wear with this set.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Pennino brooch with sapphires & diamante in 2-layered bow
    Close-up view of brooch center
    USD$295.00
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    Sapphire & Diamanté 1940s Bow Pennino Brooch

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    The design and construction of this Pennino brooch from the late-1940s is so fine that I bought it for myself. Now I’m reluctantly offering it to a new home. The top layer features a pavé ribbon of rhodium-plated metal that’s edged with faceted, oval sapphire-glass stones topped with tiny diamanté, and cinched in the center with two tones of metal. The bottom layer is a rhodium-plated larger bow. It’s edged with thin rays ending with collet-set, tiny sapphire stones. The two layers are connected with a tiny screw, and the pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Pennino pieces are always exceptional, and this one is superb. Its quality rivals that of fine jewelry, but this one is available for a fraction of the cost! Scroll down to see a variation of this design in rose-gold with amethysts.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • USD$175.00
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    Sapphire & Pavé Vermeil Bow 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This 1950s bow brooch set in gold-plated metal is another outstanding example of Boucher's work. The pavé curls, open-work sides and square-cut, faceted sapphire-glass stones that form the knot showcase his attention to detail. This brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see the same design with emeralds.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
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    Sapphire & Sterling Bow 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Hobé

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    This 1940s sapphire and sterling silver set by Hobé is a bit smaller and more restrained than others in the collection, but it is just as beautiful. A deep-sapphire-blue glass stone is the center of the flower that sits atop the six-loop bow that forms the brooch. The ribbons are adorned with applied leaves and buds. The pin has a roll-over safety clasp. The screw-back earrings are bow-shaped, with sapphire centers.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • 1950s clip on earrings with sapphire stones
    1950s sapphire glass earrings
    USD$195.00
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    Sapphire 1950s Clip-on Earrings by Schreiner

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    These 1950s clip-on earrings with multiple shades, shapes, cuts, and sizes 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 ear clips. 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!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • USD$155.00
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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.
    USD$155.00
    USD$155.00
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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. It is finished with a gold-tone back and roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to another brooch in the same style, also by this maker, with tiny faux pearls and diamanté in a silver-tone setting. Both are great adornments for a jacket lapel.
    USD$165.00
    USD$165.00
  • Sapphire bead necklace in puzzle design
    Sapphire bead Art Deco necklace by Louis Rousselet
    USD$425.00
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    Sapphire Bead & Ivory Galalith 1920s 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 love wearing it. Scroll down to see the perfect bracelet to wear with this necklace.
    USD$425.00
    USD$425.00
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    Sapphire Bead & Rondelle Pendant Earrings

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    These classy and long Art Deco pendant earrings feature a blue rondelle (I had never seen a colored one before!) sandwiched between a pair of faceted, sapphire-blue-glass beads. They are 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 sapphire earrings already converted for pierced ears as well as lovely coordinating bracelets.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
  • Art Deco drop earrings with sapphire glass beads
    Sapphire bead Art Deco drop earrings
    USD$245.00
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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 ear wires with lever backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. These earrings are simple, yet versatile and noticeable. The color is perfect for women who look best in cool hues. Scroll down to see complementary Art Deco bracelets.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Sapphire brooch with diamanté in curved-links
    Close-up view of Art Deco bar brooch
    USD$195.00
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    Sapphire Brooch with Diamanté by Schreiber & Hiller

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    This sapphire brooch has three curved links of diamanté between each one with blue-glass stones. At 3” long, this wonderful Art Deco piece is a quarter-inch-high half-dome backed by a flat metal plate. This lovely 1930s bar brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see a tank-track bracelet in the same colors, also by Schreiber & Hiller.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Faux sapphire necklace with square & step-pattern stones
    Sapphire chicklet Art Deco necklace
    USD$245.00
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    Sapphire Chicklet & Enamel 1920s Necklace

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    This faux sapphire necklace has faceted, square-cut, blue-glass chicklets alternating with glass stones molded in a step pattern. The result is an Art Deco classic. 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 worn in places, so much of the brass is showing, but who cares? This elegant piece is versatile and timeless, and from my personal collection. Scroll down to see lovely sapphire Art Deco bracelets to wear with this jewel.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
  • Faux sapphire earrings with dangles
    Faux sapphire Art Deco earrings
    USD$195.00
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    Sapphire 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 ear wires with 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.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Sapphire Drop Earrings

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    Round, sapphire-glass stones in open-back decorative silver-tone settings and suspended from delicate chain form these versatile and easy-to-wear Art Deco earrings. The original screw backs were converted to sterling silver ear wires with lever backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating pieces. If you don't have pierced earrings, sapphire dangling Art Deco earrings with their original screw-backs are available — scroll down to see them as well.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Fringe necklace with sapphire glass stones
    Sapphire glass stone fringe necklace
    USD$195.00
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    Sapphire Fringe 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 jewel.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Schiaparelli brooch with sapphire lava rocks
    Schiaparelli lava rock brooch in vertical position
    USD$425.00
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    Sapphire Lava Rock & Amethyst 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This Schiaparelli brooch is one of those pieces that should come with instructions for how to wear it. So I’m showing this exquisite 1950s creation in three different positions, 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 lava rocks in dog-tooth prongs embellished with sapphires and amethysts. The complementary glass stones are round and navette in shape. The lava rocks have an incredible iridescence (like a fire within), and the color combination is delicious. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. This gorgeous statement piece is Schiaparelli at her best!
    USD$425.00
    USD$425.00
  • USD$195.00
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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 necklace. It raises a simple strand of beads to new heights! Exactly when this piece was made is uncertain, but I associate melon beads with the Art Deco era. This necklace was professionally restrung with knots by my expert jeweler after these photos were taken. This piece closes with a filigree, gold-tone concealed clasp. Scroll down to see complementary bracelets.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Sapphire Poured Glass Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    These 1950s ear clips feature a lovely shade of sapphire-blue poured glass in a delicately-detailed gold-tone setting. Light passes through the glass. The design is timeless and versatile! These earrings were one of the Hattie Carnegie creations chosen by the designer to walk the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. He paired them with an Art Deco necklace in a similar blue worn by a model in a black-and-white houndstooth evening gown. I confess that I was both surprised and delighted with this choice, and the audience was definitely pleased. Although that necklace is no longer available, scroll down to see a similar piece.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
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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 pavé ribbon that ties the stems speaks to the maker's attention to detail and design genius. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set by Reinad

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    This rose-gold-washed sterling silver set with large, faceted, triangular sapphire-glass stones with diamanté accents is a wonderful example of the Retro Modern style of the 1940s. I couldn't decide if the brooch should be worn horizontally or vertically until I saw Anne Baxter wearing one like it in the 1946 movie Angel on my Shoulder. Hers was perfectly placed in the vertical position on her dress at the base of its V-neckline. She even wore the matching earrings. The pin 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. A similar piece was shown in a 1945 wholesaler's catalog. The page was entitled "New Pink Gold Finish on Sterling Silver — Styled by Master Craftsmen" (who were not named). The brooch 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.)
    USD$350.00
    USD$350.00
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Silver Bow 1940s Brooch by Mazer Bros.

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    A rhodium-plated, diamanté-encrusted bow with five loops and seven tails forms the base of this sparkly brooch. A flower with sapphire-glass-baguette petals and diamanté center, cupped in the same metal, sits on top. This piece was made by Mazer Bros. after World War II. As with all their pieces from this period, this one is well-constructed from the finest materials. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The colors of this brooch makes it perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors. Scroll down to see another version in warm hues.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Bouquet Brooch by Trifari

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    Floral bouquets were a popular theme for Trifari and other costume jewelry makers during WWII. This design is horizontal in format, with faceted, oval sapphire-glass flowers, diamanté leaves, and silver stems. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver. The roll-over safety clasp has been replaced by my expert jeweler. Pieces like this one are easy to wear with modern jewelry – just add simple diamond (faux or real) studs or hoops to complete your jeweled accessories.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00