What is the September Birthstone?
Sapphire, the September birthstone, is one of only four gemstones to be classified as truly precious. Part of the corundum family, to which ruby also belongs, sapphire is one of the hardest gemstones, second only to diamond.
Known for its distinctive blue colour, sapphire also comes in a range of fascinating colours including pink, orange, yellow and green.
Sapphire takes millions of years to form. It is believed to have been mined as early as 800 BC. Deriving from the Latin word ‘saphirus’ and Greek word ‘sapheiros’, both meaning blue, this September stone has a vast history.
Sapphire has long been linked to good luck and faith. In ancient and medieval civilisations, sapphire symbolised the heavens and the highest faith and hope. Believed to bring protection and strength, it was a symbol of power.
Ancient Greek royalty believed that it would protect them from harm and the Persian’s believed that this beautiful blue stone must have been chips from the pedestal supporting the earth.