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September's Birthstone: Sapphire

September's Birthstone: Sapphire

September marks the onset of autumn. Along with change, this month also brings a stunning gemstone: sapphire. Sapphire, the September birthstone, symbolizes new beginnings and romance. If you believe in change, love, and personal gifts, sapphire is the perfect stone for you or your loved one. Sapphire's beauty lies in its versatility. It suits every piece, from rings and earrings to necklaces and bracelets. Diamondrensu has a special collection of sapphire jewelry items to browse through.

While blue sapphires usually come to mind when talking about the stone, it comes in six colors. The gemstone is available in six rainbow colors, hence its nickname, 'rainbow gemstone.' Sapphire has set its claim on the first six rainbow colors, leaving behind only red. Since the sapphire birthstone month is September, meaning autumn, many people associate yellow sapphire as the birthstone's official color. However, if violet resonates with you more, that shade is the new official color.

2.13 TCW Round Cut with Blue Sapphire Three Stones Engagement Ring

Sapphire Birthstone: Meaning and History

September and March are two of the most comfortable seasons; they are neither too cold nor too warm. September creates a calm and pleasant atmosphere, with yellow and orange shades painting the sky, leaves changing their color, and the landscape resembling a painting. The beginning of a new season makes September the perfect month for weddings. Since sapphire is September's gemstone, it makes for beautiful and personal wedding presents.

Derived from the Latin word 'sapphirus,' meaning blue, sapphire represents loyalty, guidance, faith, and safety. Its association with the fall season adds change, starting points, transformation, and re-imagination to its meaning. What is fascinating about the sapphire birthstone is that while it means blue in Latin, the gemstone dispels the blues in your life, instead bringing joy and love.

Sapphire's origin dates back to 800 BC. Ancient Persians believed blue sapphires' reflection gave the sky its color. In addition, catholic churches considered blue sapphires symbolic and representative of heavenly offerings during those times. Persians also called the sapphire the 'Celestial Gemstone,' thinking it had magical connections. According to ancient scriptures, sapphires were used as tablets for the Ten Commandments. 

Greeks worshipped Apollo, the God of archery, healing, poetry, music, and the Sun in Greek mythology, using sapphires. They brought sapphire stones as offerings to his place of worship and wore them as prayers. They believed praying to Apollo with sapphires would make prophecies come true and bring good health. In another folklore, people thought wearing sapphires would cast a protective shield around them, protecting them from evil spirits. They also believed the gemstone had magic powers to exterminate spiders, other dangerous insects, and reptiles.

The medieval age also has its sapphire tales. High priests then wore the Sapphire birth stone month to fight the seven sins: gluttony, pride, lust, greed, envy, sloth, and wrath. During that time, clergypersons and royal families wore sapphire jewelry to shield themselves from contagious and widespread diseases, battles, and wars. Kings wore the gemstone in a pendant around their necks to prevent their enemies from disarming or hurting them. Additionally, people in the medieval period through the stone protected the wearer from jealousy and appeased holy spirits.

In the 1100s, sapphire was the go-to stone for Church related jewelry, especially rings. Priests believed the September birthstone fought witchcraft effects and brought good luck and grand fortune. The stone was associated with positive thoughts and a cure for natural health conditions. Ancient Persians also used sapphire as a universal medication to treat every disease. Some people even thought of it as a snake-repellent, using it on reptiles to kill them instantly.

The medieval ages also thought of sapphire as auspicious. They reserved every Saturday to celebrate the stone by wearing blue clothes and adorning the blue stone. They associated the gemstone with wisdom, generosity, and thoughtfulness. Since sapphire sparkles brightly, many people thought it was related to Gods, Goddesses, and the stars. The eleventh and the twelfth centuries followed the tales of people worshiping sapphire, as it was believed the stone would help them communicate with nature and inanimate objects.

Sapphires are also associated with angels and spirits. People believed the stone opened gateways between Earth and other dimensions, helping them interact with supernatural elements. They claimed the gemstone helped them communicate with their ancestors and otherworldly realms and protected them during the process. According to them, sapphire fulfilled one's life's purpose and desires, allowing them to gain positive karma points required for seamless transition, growth, and development.

In addition to physical guidance, sapphire also helps strengthen mental health. It stabilizes one's inner self, balances inner peace, soothes nerves, and accelerates mental growth. It enables one to focus, improve concentration, increase self esteem, and cure and prevent nervous breakdowns.

Sapphire's beauty and charm know no bounds. Modern day stories about the gemstone consist of Lady Diana's engagement ring, gifted by Prince Charles. Decades later, Prince William, Princess Diana's oldest son, proposed to Kate Middleton with the same blue sapphire.

Where is Sapphire Found?

Sapphire, September's birthstone, comes in both natural and synthetic forms. While the latter is laboratory manufactured, the former are scattered all over the globe, including India, the USA, Myanmar, Madagascar, and Australia. In Sri Lanka, the gemstone is available in rich and dark shades of blue and smooth texture, making it one of the most sought stones.

September Birthstone: Care and Cleaning

Sapphire ranks a solid nine on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. It is incredibly hard, making it highly durable and resistant to scratches and wear and tear. Since sapphire is naturally strong, you can wear your jewelry daily without worrying about damaging it. However, following some caring tips and tricks would be best to ensure your stone remains in perfect condition. Therefore, when storing and caring for your sapphire jewel, consider the following factors:

  • Clean your jewelry gently in warm, soapy water, scrub it using a brush with soft bristles, and wipe it with a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • If you use steam cleaners, use them in moderation.
  • Even though sapphire is durable, storing it in a separate box prevents other stones from scratching. Similarly, avoid wearing non-sapphire jewelry with a sapphire piece, as they can leave marks on each other.

What Does Your September Birthstone Say About You?

Your birthstone accurately represents you. September stone wearers are introverted and only let their guard down around people they are close with. They are opinionated and present their ideas and beliefs sternly and articulately. September-born people might not be highly social, but they believe in forming relationships based on mutual respect, love, and admiration. They face dire situations with calm heads and make calculated decisions. They don't make hasty choices and only finalize plans and decisions after careful and thorough consideration.

September Birthstone: Properties and Composition

Like ruby, sapphire is also a corundum. September birthstone color can be violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, or orange, whereas ruby has the remaining color of the rainbow: red. Since sapphires come in a wide range of colors, they suit various jewelry items, outfits, events, and occasions. The chemical composition of a sapphire contains iron and titanium, resulting in a unique color scheme. Additionally, some sapphires undergo heat procedures for better color quality and intensity.

A Sapphire September Birthstone ranks high on the Mohs Hardness Scale. With a ranking of nine, it exudes durability and strength. Sapphire jewelry is excellent for daily wear, as you can use it without worrying about wearing, tearing, or scratching. Your sapphire items can also withstand extreme and unpredictable weather and last for years, making them an investment.

Since blue sapphires are the most popular of all the colors, they tend to be on the higher pricing side. However, their beauty and durability make your purchase worth the slightly costly investment. On the other hand, indigo, blue, yellow, pink, and black sapphires might not be as famous as the blue ones, but they are equally gorgeous. Additionally, they stand on the lower end of the pricing chart compared to blue sapphires.

September Birthstone: Jewelry Ideas

If you or your special one want to celebrate your birth month with a sapphire birthstone, Diamondrensu offers a unique selection.

September Birthstone, 0.64 CT Oval Shape Natural Blue Sapphire for Engagement Ring, Anniversary Gift Ring

 

This stunning sapphire stone adds a special twist to your ring. The natural sapphire is designed in a classic oval shape, giving it a fresh and unique look.

 

Natural Blue Sapphire Gemstone, 0.54 CT Pear Shape September Birthstone for Beautiful Gemstones Engagement Ring

This natural blue September gemstone is a personal and intimate gift for your loved one. The natural pear shaped sapphire stone is fitted gently and firmly in the ring, making it the sole focus of attention. This ring is a head turner and is bound to make your day unforgettable and one of a kind.

Wrapping Up

As the September birthstone, sapphire symbolizes growth, loyalty, love, and romance. The versatile and unique gemstone brings good wealth, health, and fortune and stabilizes mental health. Its beauty and strength make it the perfect stone to bless weddings and new beginnings. If you want to wear a stunning sapphire jewel, check out Diamondrensu's exquisite collection and become a sapphire wearer!