Celebrating Yellow Sapphire - The September Birthstone

Traditionally it should be Blue Sapphire, but why not splash out and go for Yellow Sapphire instead? Fine, untreated Fancy Yellow Sapphires are very special and unique, read on to find out why.

Nicky Thomas

Gemstone & Jewelry
Style & Trends Editor

  • Most who have a birthday in September will have a blue stone, as this is the norm. Why not splash out and go for a gorgeous crisp Fancy Yellow Sapphire from the remote and unknown Kenyan deposits instead and be different! 

    These striking yellow gemstones have been gaining in popularity over the last few years and have been seen adorning a number of celebrities, and easily compare to Yellow Diamond but with a much more affordable price tag. Second in terms of durability to Diamond but compete fairly with Yellow Diamond in terms of color and explosive sparkle. 

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  • Fancy Yellow Sapphire From The Rare Gemstone Company

  • Fancy Yellow Sapphire ranges in color from a pastel yellow right up to a strong, vivid canary yellow, but it is these vibrant Canary Yellow Sapphires that are the most coveted. They have an enchanting vibe about them. Not only are they incredibly eye catching due to there gorgeous bright, crisp color and wonderful brilliance but they radiate with a cheerfulness that is second to none.

  • Mined in only a few locations around the world, Sri Lanka, Burma, Australia, Thailand and Kenya they are still very rare which only adds to their appeal. However, there is one source that stands out above the rest. Kenya.

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  • The Garbatulla mines in Kenya's remote and breathtakingly beautiful Northern Frontier District, generally produce dark blue inky material, but very occasionally a pocket of yellow material is found.

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    These beautiful yellow crystals naturally form this remarkable yellow color as the trace elements in the host rock that they have formed in, are slightly different from the rest of the host rock, changing the color from blue to yellow. The miners simply mine these beautiful crisp yellow crystals straight out of the ground this fabulous color. Other Sapphire mines around the world, such as the mines in Sri Lanka find these pockets of yellow crystals but they are more orange in hue and require heat treatments to remove the orange. Being untreated commands a premium in the Sapphire market.

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    The Garbatulla Sapphires are also generally more ‘clean’, they have less or no inclusions in them and therefore have a higher clarity and more brilliance.


    The Rare Gemstone Company, originally a mining company, founded in 1974, started mining Sapphire in Garbatulla and discovered these remarkable yellow gems.

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    Our Sapphire Mine in Garbatula, Kenya in the 1970's

    Today, although we no longer own this mine, we do have first option of selecting out the very best rough from its production and cutting them for our Fancy Sapphire Collection. Pieces from this mine are rare nowadays as the mine is located in a very insecure part of the country, and is hence mined sporadically by brave adventurers.


    Being a Sapphire they are one of the hardest gemstones and therefore perfect for all types of jewelry settings. Their vibrant color works beautifully in yellow gold but white or platinum is also very attractive. Due to their gorgeous brilliance they are even more explosive set with Diamonds and together they create some very eye catching pieces.

    Yellow Sapphire has recently been used as a center stone for engagement rings as the trend for colored engagement rings is becoming more popular.  With the increased popularity of Yellow Diamond as well,  these beautiful Sapphires are the perfect alternative in cost without sacrificing beauty or quality. 

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    Fancy Yellow Sapphire Rings By The Rare Gemstone Company


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    All Sapphire are known as the gems of wisdom, they honor the higher mind, bringing intuition, clarity and self-mastery but also of kindness and wise judgment. However, each color of Sapphire has its own specific energies and healing properties.

    ° Yellow Sapphire is ideal for boosting physical energy and vitality, and is an excellent support for exercise.

    ° It activates the Solar Plexus Chakra, the energy distribution center and chakra for relationships

    ° Known as a vivacious gemstone.  Re-energizing the emotional system and allowing ones self to feel more excited joyful. 

    ° It brings the power to solidify new interests and new relationships, helping you to see things in a different light.

    ° It aids in the development and alignment of one’s personal will with Divine Will, expanding the consciousness to accept a larger overall view.  

    ° They are said to play a major role in Vedic Astrology, which proscribes that good luck and good energy flows from a yellow Sapphire.

  • ° Yellow Sapphire is the legendary helper of the Hindu god, Ganeesh. While Ganeesh brings prosperity to the home, Yellow Sapphire is said to bring wealth.

    ° Merchants in India and the Far East have worn, or carried, Yellow Sapphire t
    hroughout the ages, to enhance success in their businesses. They would often place the yellow crystals in their cash boxes to encourage larger earnings, and many people have been buried or cremated with Yellow Sapphire placed in their mouths to ensure wealth in the next life.

    ° Known as Oriental Topaz in the ancient world, as it
     was thought to empower those in authority and guide them to make right and just decisions,  and was sometimes referred to as the 'Guru'.

    A truly unique and rare gemstone and one that really should be celebrated more often.

Educated at the University of Exeter and a key part of our team here at The Rare Gemstone Company, Nicky has been fascinated by gemstones and jewelry since childhood. She explores all areas of the industry in her blog and revels in the proximity to gems and jewels that working at the source of some of the world’s most beautiful and rarest gemstones provides her.

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