September Birthstone: Sapphire
You’ve certainly heard of September’s birthstone, the sapphire. It is regarded as a precious stone like the diamond, ruby, and emerald. The sapphire birthstone stands apart as the blue gemstone of choice. If you’re a Virgo or Libra, you undoubtedly need this birthstone in your jewelry collection.
The sapphire symbolizes wisdom, power, and faith. It has been believed to protect the wearer from envy and harm and attracts blessings from heaven. Sapphire, with its stunning blue shades, is also a symbol of heaven and considered to indicate the purity of the soul. This gem signifies truth, faithfulness and sincerity. Sapphire is thought to boost intuition and clairvoyance and promote good health. Incorporated in royal ornaments, it symbolized a pure and wise reign. This gem gives a sense of inner peace and develops a positive attitude in the wearer.
The best-known sapphires are the rich blue variety, but they actually come in every color of the rainbow, including pink, yellow, orange, and green. Red sapphires are better known as rubies (both are varieties of the mineral corundum). The rarest type of sapphire is a pinkish orange variety called padparadscha, a name that comes from the Sanskrit word for lotus flower.
While the Arabic word is Safir, the Latin variant ‘Sapphirus’ means blue. In Ancient Greece, it was called ‘Sappheiros’, after the island of Sappherine when this gem was sourced from by Greeks. The English ‘Sapphire’ has been derived from these ancient languages.
Because of this hardness, sapphire also has industrial uses. The recently announced Apple Watch will feature lab-created sapphire glass in its screen. Sapphires are found in many places throughout the world, including Australia, Malawi, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
The beauty of the sapphire is timeless. Whether set in a ring, in a necklace, or a set of earrings, the sapphire adds brilliance and sophistication to your jewelry collection. Celebrate your September birthday with a beautiful sapphire jewelry piece.