Sapphire is the birthstone for September and commemorates the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary. Sapphires belong to the mineral species of corundum and can be found in a wide range of color varying from the more popular blue to violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple and intermediate hues. These latter colors are referred to as fancy sapphires. When the trace elements found in the corundum are iron and titanium, the corundum becomes a blue sapphire, the more iron present the darker the blue found in the gem. The beautiful earrings that we have featured here are a fine example of what can be created using high quality sapphires. Featured as the center piece of these earrings are a set of marquise shape untreated sapphires, with a combined carat weight of 6.73 carats, ranging in color from light purple to medium purple to light blue. Unheated sapphires are far more uncommon and valuable than treated and chemically altered stones. Every unheated sapphire is different and each one’s uniqueness is attributed to the environment in which the crystal was formed. A larger marquise sapphire is featured at the bottom of each earring, while a smaller cut rests at the top. Surrounding each sapphire is a single halo of pave diamonds set on the 18K white gold mounting, which mirrors the marquise shape of the sapphires. Acting as a bridge between the earring segments is a white gold frame mounting that features a single round diamond set in the center. The diamonds on the earrings are of approximately G color, VS clarity and have a total weight of 1.21 carats.