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) 

September Birthstone Color

Sapphires can come in many colors other than blue; if they are not blue they are considered fancy sapphires in colors such as pink, yellow, orange, green, violet and purple. There are also different sapphire grades rated one through three; one is the most spectacular in the rating system. What makes a sapphire rated as a one is a gem with fewer inclusions. Inclusions are the liquid-filled space in a gemstone, this means that the gem has experienced no heat treatment and has been used to alter the stone.

The meaning of the September birthstone is royalty and romance; it is the perfect gem for the beautiful month of September. Buy a sapphire birthstone for the special September baby in your life.

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.


How to care for your sapphire:

Sapphire gemstones are the September birthstone jewelry. Sapphires are highly durable, they are not prone to chipping, cracking or breaking. They are rated a nine on Mohs hardness scale, which is the rating system used to determine how strong certain gemstones are. Ten is the highest rating on the Mohs scale for the most durable gemstone. One thing to note for caring your sapphire is to make sure your gemstone does not scratch against hard surfaces or other jewelry in your jewelry box as this could cause damage to your sapphire gemstones. Another note for caring sapphire is you should frequently check sapphire stone to ensure your gemstones are not loose in their settings, at least once or twice a year. It would be very unfortunate to lose a valued gem that you love. These tips of caring for your sapphire are also useful for caring for diamond jewelry

How to clean your sapphire:

It is very simple to clean sapphires at home.  All you need is a dish of warm water and a small amount of mild soap. A recommended soap is blue Dawn Dish soap, which is the perfect sapphire cleaning solution. Then once you have your dish of soap and water mixture let your sapphire soak for at least twenty minutes, if your jewelry is extra dirty let it soak longer. Once your sapphire is done soaking brush the gem with a soft-bristled toothbrush and then rinse the jewelry with clean water. It is important dry the gemstone with a soft towel and to not let water stay sitting on the gem. For better cleaning of natural sapphires, you can use ultrasonic or steam, most jewelers usually use these types of cleaning methods. 

Sapphire Gift Idea:

Sapphire birthstone rings and necklaces are the perfect gifts for the special someone you have in your life that was born in September. Sapphire due to its durability and positive spiritual background makes for a nice gift for your partner or family. It is also the most popular gemstone used in men's jewelry design due to its hardness and sophisticated color of deep sapphire blue. Sapphire also is a beautiful gemstone to use for an engagement ring, notably, one of the most famous sapphire engagement rings belonged to Princess Dianna and now is worn by Catherine who is the Duchess of Cambridge and is the wife of Prince William.



What does a sapphire symbolize?

The sapphire gemstones are associated with royalty, nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. Sapphire is also seen as a symbol of innocence, prosperity and beauty.

What color sapphire is the most expensive?

The most expensive sapphires are blue to violet-blue, blue sapphire is the most valuable and expensive color of sapphire. Sapphires that have deep blue colors and are in the medium to medium-dark tones of blue are the most beautiful and most expensive. Fun fact, the most expensive blue sapphire ever sold was the “The Blue Belle of Asia” which sold for $17,305,996 it has 392.52-carat.

What is the spiritual meaning of sapphire?

Sapphire gems are used to protect you against negative energies and are believed to attract blessings, gifts and abundance.

What powers does the sapphire have?

The sapphire has the power of regeneration, fusion, and positivity. In Feng Shui, the sapphire is known for its new beginnings and for helping to make changes in your life. The sapphire is important to add to your meditation area because of the gem’s calm nature.

Does September have multiple birthstones?

The most recognized gemstone for September is the sapphire, but 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.

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