September Birthday Gifts
Protecting lovers for centuries, the Sapphire is September's birthstone. Coming in a variety of colors, but best known for it's 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. Although blue is the best-known sapphire color, they occur in other colors, including gray and black, and they can be colorless. Natural sapphires are commonly cut and polished into gemstones and worn in jewelry because of the remarkable hardness of sapphires – 9 on the Mohs scale (the third hardest mineral, after diamond at 10 and moissanite at 9.5)
While the most recognized gemstone for September is sapphire, there are others for this wonderful month. There are two different birthstone qualifications, birthstones for the calendar month and birthstones for the zodiac month. The birthstones for the calendar month of September are sapphire. The birthstone for the zodiac sign, Virgo, August 23 to September 22, is sapphire, jasper, lapis lazuli, carnelian, opal, and citrine.