September Birthstone – Sapphire
Every month of the year is represented by their own special gemstone. Sapphire remains one of Mother Nature's rare gems and is the birthstone for September.
The name “Sapphire” comes from the Latin sapphirus and Greek sappheiros meaning, “blue stone,” though those words may have originally referred to lapis lazuli. Some believe it originated from the Sanskrit word sanipriya, which meant “dear to Saturn.”
September’s birthstone, the sapphire, has been popular since the Middle Ages. Back then, the celestial blue colour of this gem symbolised heaven and attracted divine favour and wise judgment. Featuring prominently in many traditions and legends: Ancient Persians believed that Mother Earth rests upon a bed made of sapphire and that the sky is blue because it reflects this glorious gemstone, King Solomon was said to wear sapphire as protection and Ancient Hebrews believed that the Ten Commandments were engraved on tablets of sapphire, though historians now believe the blue stone referenced in the Bible may have been lapis lazuli.
Due to the remarkable hardness of sapphires—which measure 9 on the Mohs scale, second only to diamond—they aren’t just valuable in jewellery, but also in industrial applications including scientific instruments, high-durability windows, watches, and electronics.
Although sapphire typically refers to the rich blue gemstone variety of the mineral corundum sapphires actually come in a rainbow of colours. Trace elements like iron, titanium, chromium, copper, and magnesium give naturally colourless corundum a tint of blue, yellow, purple, orange or green, respectively.
Sapphires in any colour but blue are called “fancies.” If they are red they are classified as rubies.
It is thought that each individual colour of sapphire contains its own magical and healing powers.
Traditionally a favourite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolises purity and wisdom. They symbolise dignity, loyalty, nobility, sincerity, integrity, faith, purity and wisdom.
Those with Sapphire as their birthstone are intelligent and sharp by nature and are known to remain cool even in the most chaotic and problematic situations. They are calm and collected and they will not hesitate to tell just what’s on their mind.
However, they don’t easily open up to people, and they constantly find it hard to trust others.
Sapphire people also often find themselves in powerful positions, managing a large group of people, or running a business.
Healing properties of the September birthstone
The blue sapphire is known as the “wisdom stone” and restores balance to a person’s life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It also brings joy, light-heartedness, and serenity to the wearer. The blue sapphire is believed to open up communication between friends and colleagues and bring out truthfulness and honesty. The sapphire’s healing power is focused mainly on calming and maintaining the nervous system. It's also believed to heal the thyroid gland, strengthen blood vessels, and calm a nervous heart. Wearing a sapphire may help give a better understanding of the future.
How to cleanse your birthstone
It is important to cleanse your birthstone regularly since the gemstone absorbs negative energy from your body and your surroundings. Holding it under running lukewarm water for a short period of time, once a day can do this. You could also visualise a white or golden light surrounding your gemstone and clear away any negativity, as you rinse the birthstone. Do this every morning or evening – especially if you wear your jewellery on a regular basis. To charge your gemstone a little extra, leave it in the direct moonlight during the full moon.