Everything you need to know about September’s birthstone, Sapphire
September babies are the luckiest of the lot considering their gemstone is as dynamic as its regal. September’s birthstone sapphire has long been considered a worthy alternative to the diamond. Not only is the corundum hard, rare and durable but it has been the choice of royalty for centuries.
Sapphire has been the most preferred gemstone for several iconic names who are celebrated as modern royalty, be it Princess Diana or Kate Middleton.
One of the most famous sapphires in the world is Princess Diana’s 12-carat, cornflower blue, Ceylon sapphire engagement ring, which was passed down to Kate Middleton, who also inherited her title of Princess of Wales. The 62-carat Rockefeller Sapphire and the astounding 422 carats Logan Blue Sapphire (from Sri Lanka) are some of the other celebrated sapphire specimens.
But what’s so special about this gorgeous gemstone? Let’s find out
The significance of sapphire, the birthstone
The modern standardised birthstone list was formulated in 1912 by an organization called The Jewelers of America. Birthstones are meant to represent the period of your birth and are thus indicative of your zodiac and also your personality traits. And September natives, who share the sapphire birthstone are widely known for their leadership qualities and their practical skills.
The word ‘sapphire’ comes from the Greek word ‘sappheiros’, which means blue stone. Sapphires are associated with nobility, truth, justice and fidelity of the soul. In ancient Greek, sapphire was considered to be a totem against harm and envy and was often associated with the God of the Sky, Zeus.
In medieval Europe, the September birthstone was considered to have healing properties since it was largely believed that sapphires could cure plagues and diseases. Throughout history, sapphires have been considered to be a protective gemstone, which not only shields the wearer from harm and negative energy but also boosts their strength and luck.
What makes it special?
Sapphires make for excellent investment-worthy jewellery. They rank 9 on the Mohs hardness scale so they can actually be quite appealing as an engagement ring or wedding jewellery, especially since birthstone engagement rings are so popular at the moment.
But the sapphire’s biggest appeal is its gorgeous and striking blue shade (though sapphires are available in many colours and exhibit a range of inclusions depending on the transition metal present). Natural coloured sapphires, especially are enjoying a big market at the moment since more and more modern buyers are prioritising traceability and authenticity.
In the modern market, wearable sapphire jewellery is one of the most sought-after trends, especially for people who prefer carrying their birthstones with them. If you’re a September baby and are planning on curating your bridal jewellery around your birthstone, consider heritage-inspired pieces that also offer a modern finish, so you can reuse them later on.