September Birthstone: Sapphire. History, Meaning and Benefits

Birthstones are gemstones that accompany a birth month, each having a unique meaning and historical significance also represent the month of a person's birth.

Protecting lovers for centuries, Sapphire is September's birthstone. Coming in a variety of colors, but best known for its blue to violet color, this 'corundum' mineral has been used to help romance lovers and protect from harm. Sapphire is one of the two gem-varieties of corundum, the other being ruby.  Sapphire is most desired in its pure, rich blue color but can also be found in the colors including pink, yellow and green. And they can be colorless. Natural sapphires are commonly cut and polished into gemstones and worn in jewelry because of the remarkable sparkles and hardness of sapphires, 9 on the Mohs scale (the third hardest mineral, after diamond at 10 and moissanite at 9.5) 

Where is Sapphire discovered?

The three important source of sapphire birthstone is Kashmir, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sri Lanka . Not only that the September birthstone have also been found in Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar and the United States (Montana).The Mogok area of Myanmar is another locale famed for producing the September birthstone. Jungle-clad hills hemmed by mountains make a dramatic landscape. Sapphire typically occurs alongside ruby deposits, but in much smaller quantities than its red counterpart. ”Burmese” sapphire, as it is still called by many, can possess a rich, intense blue hue, which has made it particularly prized. Myanmar is also a noted source of jadeite jade, spinel, zircon, amethyst, peridot and other fine gem materials.

Benefits of September Birthstone Sapphire:

The September birthstone, sapphire, can guard you against evil and poisoning. Traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire contain symbolizes of purity and wisdom. From the middle Ages the gem was believed to protect those close to you from harm and also represented loyalty and trust.

  1. Known as the "wisdom stone", each color of Sapphire brings its own particular wisdom.  It releases mental tension, depression, unwanted thoughts and spiritual confusion. Sapphire restores balance within the body, aligning the physical, mental and spiritual planes, bringing serenity and peace of mind.  It stimulates concentration, brings lightness, and joy. 
  1. Sapphire is also known as a "stone of prosperity", attracting gifts of all kinds and fulfilling dreams and desires.
  1. Sapphire treats blood disorders, combating excessive bleeding and strengthening the walls of the veins.  It is used for cellular disorders, regulates the glands and calms overactive body systems.

Sapphires Durability

Sapphires are hard and tough enough for daily wear in a ring. Ranking in at a 9.0  on the mohs scale of hardness. According to research, Sapphires is the second hardest and long lasting natural mineral gemstone. It is great to use on jewelry to wear daily and one of the important reasons that it is widely used in engagement rings for its preciousness and hardness.

Sapphire Gift Ideas

Other than September birthstone, Sapphire jewelry is a traditional symbols for 5th and 45th year’s anniversary. For unique and interesting gift ideas or engagement ring designs, check out our online store at or visit our gallery. We have re-opened after closing for 3 months due to  shelter-in-place. Here are some of wonderful designs with sapphire by our talented artists at Lireille. Check them out.


Shield Sapphire Diamond Ring

Designer: Jenny Reeves


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Pink Sapphire Marquise Stacker Ring

Designer: Jenny Reeves


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18k Yellow Gold Sapphire Diamond Engagement Ring

Designer: Shimara Carlow


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Angled Tube Post Earrings in 18k Yellow Gold with natural green sapphire

Designer: Kate Eickelberg


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Designer: Katie Porterela


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Sculptural Pendant

Designer: Yu Jean Choi


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Alaria Nesting Band with Pink Sapphire and Champagne Diamonds

Designer: Jenny Reeves


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Designer: Katie Poterala


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