When it comes to birthstones, those born in September get good news and bad news. The good news is that the birthstone is sapphire, one of the most beautiful precious gems. The bad news? They’re rather pricey.
Shopping at pawn shops in Northern Virginia is one way to find these beautiful birthstones for less than you’d pay at traditional jewelry shops, and you’re likely to find some unusual designs as well. And when it comes down to it, they’re still less expensive than diamonds, and beginning to become popular in engagement rings for just that reason. In fact, Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, previously worn by Princess Diana, features a large, beautiful oval sapphire.
When shopping for sapphire jewelry in the DC area, you can consider the four Cs of diamonds—cut, clarity, color, and carat—but color is really what matters. In sapphires, color is measured by hue, saturation, and tone. Blue is the most desirable color, and you want the richest you can find, completely saturated, and with no visible flaws.
As with diamonds, you can find sapphires in a variety of shapes, with round, oval, and cushion the most popular. Because sapphires vary in density, they are measure not only by carat weight, but by size, with six millimeters being the standard size for a round cut. Often, you’ll see sapphires adorned with diamonds to add brilliance and contrast.