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Sapphire - The September Birthstone

Madhura Pandit
Sapphire is a favorite all over the world, on account of its availability in vivid colors and its versatility. It is a traditional as well as modern birthstone of September. It is also the birthstone of Virgo, the sixth zodiac sign. Sapphire is the preferred rock for the 5th and the 45th marriage anniversaries.
Birthstones are believed to possess energy of the ruling planets they are associated with. They are said to affect the emotional as well as physical well-being of the wearer. They are also believed to possess healing powers. In ancient times, the meaning of these stones was symbolized by their association with events in history.

Sapphire Gemstone

Sapphire, the birthstone of September, is a symbolic gemstone with several meanings and qualities. It is one of the four most precious gemstones (the other three being diamond, ruby, and emerald). Like ruby, it is a variety of the mineral corundum.
It exists in a myriad of colors, including pink, orange and lavender. However, blue sapphire is well-known and highly prized.
The name sapphire is believed to originate from 'sapphirus', the Greek word for blue.
It has been found in Sri Lanka, since the 7th century. It is also found in Australia, America, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

Historical Significance

There was a notion that the Earth is set on sapphire, and hence, the sky is blue.
It is believed that the Ten Commandments, were written on this gemstone.

The ancient Egyptians associated sapphire with the 'eye of Horus' (the eye in the sky).
This gemstone was worn by kings, as it was believed to possess the property of wisdom. Whereas, priests used it for purity.
In the ancient times, it was used as an antidote for poison and as a cure for a number of illnesses.


Blue is the most prominent and popular color of sapphire. It is reminiscent of a cloudless night sky. The color, blue, is associated with trust, loyalty, wisdom, faith, understanding.
In ancient times, it was used to perceive future. Hence, it is also believed, that wearing this stone strengthens the power of intuition. These are believed to be the significant properties of sapphire.
It is associated with physical and emotional balance. Attributes like wisdom, purity and sympathy are linked with sapphire. It also stands for qualities required in a healthy relationship, like loyalty, faithfulness, truth, sincerity, constancy, and reliability.
It is said to inspire clarity of thoughts and improve problem solving ability. It is believed to protect the possessor from evil thoughts.


This stone is nearly as hard as a diamond, durable, and easy to handle. The largest sapphire, the Star of India, is of 563 carats and is on display in a museum in New York city. The Kashmir sapphire, velvety blue in color, is considered the most superior variety.
All kinds of sapphire jewelry; rings, earrings, necklaces; are available in a variety of enchanting designs. Necklaces or bracelets made using an assortment of sapphires in several colors are popular. As it stands for permanence in relationships, sapphire engagement rings are popular.
There is also a belief, that the luster of the stone in an engagement ring diminishes if the partner is being unfaithful.
Sapphire, the September birthstone, will prove to be an excellent gift for your beloved, as it expresses love, longing, and respect. The gorgeous, bright blue sapphire will surely be appreciated!