September Birthstone: All About Sapphire
by DIDIER DUBOT . on Sep 19, 2022
Exquisite and rare, the sapphire has always been one of the world’s most treasured gemstones. Those that are born in September are lucky to call the sapphire their own! Although the gem comes in many different colors, its rich blue hue is the most famous variety and the true September birthstone. Whether you’re a September baby wanting to know more about your stone or you’re looking to treat a loved one, find out everything you need to know about sapphires and get some September birthstone jewelry recommendations below!
THE HISTORY AND SYMBOLISM OF SAPPHIRE
Often referred to as ‘the wisdom stone’, sapphires have been treasured for their rich color and magnificent sparkle for centuries.
Sapphires have had many different meanings and associations over the years, but they have always been tied to wisdom, fortune, harmony, and good health. Many cultures believed that wearing sapphires was an excellent way to attract wise judgment and wealth, making them a favorite gem of nobles, and aristocrats.
Royal families in particular have created a new meaning for sapphires. The dazzling gems have become a symbol for royal love after being selected for some of the world’s best-known engagement rings. The first iconic royal sapphire engagement ring was the toi et moi pear-shaped beauty that French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave to Empress Josephine. The second, and possibly most famous, is the oval stunner that was originally given to Princess Diana and is now worn by Kate Middleton.
Sapphires make excellent love stones, as they are said to promote unity in couples. They are believed to protect their wearers from envy and infidelity. The calming stone also encourages peace during moments of conflict, and puts wearers at ease during social interactions. In centuries past, sapphires were considered healing stones. They were used as an antidote to poison, and were worn to ward off illnesses while increasing the wearer’s overall health and strength.
THE GEMSTONE OF THE HEAVENS
The celestial blue color of sapphire has made the gemstone a symbol of the heavens. Many cultures believed that wearing sapphires would attract divine favor. The gemstones have been treasured by many religions since ancient times.
- Ancient Greeks wore sapphires for guidance when consulting with oracles. They also associated sapphires with Apollo, the god of sun, light, music, poetry, prophecy, knowledge, and beauty
- Buddhists believed sapphires brought spiritual enlightenment
- Hindus wore sapphires during worship as a way to find connection with the divine
- Early Christian kings believed sapphires were protective stones, and wore them in religious rings
- Ancient Hebrews believed the ten commandments were originally engraved on sapphires
Sapphires can still be used for spiritual practices, such as meditation or manifestation.
Sapphires are the second hardest gemstones next to diamonds. As members of the corundum family, they are the only gemstones that are rated a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Sapphires are extremely durable, and are resistant to heat, light, and common chemicals. These traits make them an excellent choice for everyday wear.
Keep your sapphires shining by cleaning them regularly with a mixture of warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners can be used on untreated and heat-treated sapphires, but any gems with fractures should only be cleaned with a damp cloth.
SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONE JEWELRY
September babies can use the beauty of sapphires to enhance their outfits all year long! Sapphire birthstone jewelry is an excellent gift for a loved one. It also makes a perfect treat if you’re buying yourself something special for your birthday. Sapphires are also the traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary, which gives couples something spectacular to look forward to.
A stunning central round sapphire is accentuated by a sideways D, creating the illusion of a half-moon. This chic geometric necklace is perfect for adding intrigue to everyday outfits.
This minimalist chain bracelet is far from plain. A central round sapphire stands out amongst the delicate chain, bringing an opulent pop of color to any outfit. It’s perfect for adding a subtle touch of elegance whether worn alone or in a stack.
Upgrade your everyday hoops with brilliant sapphire drops. This sophisticated design makes an ideal addition to day or evening looks.
Exude contemporary refinement with this sapphire chain ring. A classic solitaire sapphire is given an unexpected twist with an edgy chain band. This chic ring will look amazing with any type of outfit!
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Writer: Maria Polansky