Folks born in the month of September are fortunate to have the stunning sapphire as their birthstone. Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum and is found in just about every color except for red. There is red corundum but it is known as the gemstone ruby. The blue variety of sapphire is the most popular and is the color used to represent September. The blue sapphire ranges in color from light to dark blue. The most valuable varieties of sapphire are called Kashmir and Burmese and prized for their intense, deep blue coloring. The Celyon sapphire is one of the oldest varieties of sapphire to be discovered.
Sapphire is a relatively hard gemstone. It is a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness where 10 (which happens to be diamond) is the hardest mineral. The fact that it is so scratch resistant makes it ideal for daily wear and works well for wedding rings. One of the most famous sapphire wedding rings was worn by the late Princess Diana and now adorns the finger of her daughter-in-law Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge. In addition to being the birthstone for September, it is also the gemstone used to represent the 5th, 23rd and 45th year of marriage.
Sapphires have been worn to represent truth, honor and faithfulness. They were thought to bring about feelings of friendship, harmony, and sympathy. It has also been believed to offer healing for colic, mental illness and rheumatism and has been worn to protect against evil spirits and other unsavory creatures. The power of the sapphire was believed to be so strong that if given to another person it could still protect the original wearer and the new owner at the same time.
Sapphire is a luminous and radiant gemstone. It has a rich history and has been loved and adored for centuries. Yes, September babies -- you sure have one heck of a gemstone to represent your birth month. Congratulations and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!