September’s Birthstone – Sapphire
The sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word ‘saphirus’ and the Greek word ‘sapheiros,’ both meaning blue. It is believed to have a special power to protect those born in this month. The sapphire is popularly worn as a birthstone in a pendant, earrings or a right-hand ring.
Sapphires come from the mineral corundum, which is a crystallized form of aluminium oxide which forms in crystalline rocks. It’s this mix of minerals that work together over thousands of years to create beautiful and rare gemstones like the sapphire. Corundum is an extremely hard and durable substance just about as hard as a diamond. It also doesn’t scratch easily. They score a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs’ scale of mineral hardness, second only to diamonds.
Besides blue sapphire and ruby, the corundum family also includes “fancy sapphires.” They come in green, yellow, orange, pink and purple. Sapphires can even be gray, black, or brown.
The gem is second in popularity and value only to the diamond. Because of its value, it is often set in real Gold. The value of a sapphire has a lot to do with its color, with deep, vivid royal blue sapphires being the most valuable.
Known as the wisdom stone, each colour of Sapphire brings its own particular wisdom. It releases mental tension, depression, unwanted thoughts and spiritual confusion. Sapphire restores balance within the body, aligning the physical, mental and spiritual, bringing serenity and peace of mind. It stimulates concentration, brings lightness, and joy. It is known as a stone of prosperity, attracting gifts and fulfilling dreams and desires.
Sapphire is associated with royalty and is often paired with diamond within an engagement ring as it is a stone of commitment and fidelity. Traditionally, sapphire is given as a gift for the 5th or 45th anniversary.
Here are our Sapphire picks this September: