Sapphire: The September Birthstone
The Sapphire is the September birthstone! These stones are known to shine intensely and deeply in a variety of colors. They have been sought after for generations due to its high value as one of the five precious gemstones in the world. Its clarity and unique appearance makes for a special gemstone.
The Sapphire, a deep gemstone, is the September Birthstone. Its name comes from the Latin word for ‘blue.’ Some believe that it was named for its association with the planet Saturn. They have been prized and valued for centuries because of its rich history as one of the five precious gemstones. So much so, that Ancient rulers believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of a sapphire stone.
Sapphires were a holy stone to the Catholic Church and to many religions, the color of a sapphire represented the heavens. The sapphire was noted as sacred to the Jewish religion as “The Ten Commandments” were written on this stone. In the 12th Century, the sapphire was known as the most appropriate stone for ecclesiastical rings which was thought to bring great healing power to the clergy.
Rulers wore sapphires around their necks as a powerful defense from harm. They were thought to preserve the wearer from envy and attracted divine favor. To wear a sapphire as a ruler was to be closer to their God. More recently, the Sapphire has been particularly popular since the 1980’s as the sapphire was used as Princess Diana’s engagement ring to Prince Charles.
The Sapphire is a corundum which is in the same family as the Ruby. The only difference between a ruby and a sapphire is simply the color. A red corundum is a ruby and the other colored corundums are called sapphires. The most popular being blue of course. Since the sapphire is available in so many colors, they are the most important and versatile of all the gemstones.
Sapphires are valued just under the level of diamonds because of their hardness. Diamonds are listed as a ten in terms of hardness, sapphires as a nine. The attribute of hardness of the sapphire makes it a perfect choice for jewelry that needs to stand up to everyday wear.
Sapphires come in a variety of colors such as white, violet, dark gray, orange, yellow, pink, green, and black, which tends to be inexpensive. The most popular is the blue sapphire which is on the more expensive side. Blue sapphires come from Burma and Kashmir, where the blue tone is the most pure to the true spectral blue, and the stones tend to have a unique velvety luster. Sri Lanka is the world's largest producer of sapphires over 100 carats and they are a lighter shade of blue. Sapphires from Sri Lanka are a less deep shade, almost a pastel blue. Many sapphires also come from Australia, JSL’s sapphires among them, which are dark blue but with a purple or violet undertone. In the US, Montana Sapphires are prized for their natural metallic blue color. They are not subjected to any treatment whatsoever. The blue is intense and vibrant.
The sapphire has been used as a symbol of the religion, a guardian of purity, and a promoter of good health. It is believed to bring gifts of fulfillment and joy to the wearer.
As a tool for self improvement, sapphires are a wonderful way to keep your life in check. They are said to have a powerful and transformative gemstone energy that may work quickly and drastically. They will help you connect to the universe and can help open your spiritual self. It helps maintain inner peace and is a good help in mental awareness. The stone can calm nerves and promote clarity, helping with focus and concentration. Working with sapphires helps promote a positive attitude towards life, promoting self motivation and helping move forward towards a path of self-fulfillment.
The Sapphire, September's birthstone, varies as much as it helps! The many different colors of this stone can mean different helping tools. This precious gemstone holds hearts captive and is perfect for any September personality.
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