September Birthstone Guide

Sapphires hold a high seat throughout history for being admired, not only for their beauty and indestructible nature- But also for their mysticism, the rank of station symbolism, and their proposed metaphysical properties. Aside from mystical connections, royals and people of note throughout time have always leaned towards wearing blue sapphires to symbolize their nobility and power as it was believed that blue sapphires bring forth harmony and balance.


Sapphire, the birthstone of September, is a cherished gem that has been favored for thousands of years. Sapphire is corundum, just like ruby, that was named sappheiros (which is Greek for sapphire) for its beautiful blue color. When thought about, sapphires are immediately thought of as being blue, however, sapphires come in a rainbow spectrum of color. 

A few famous sapphires you may have heard of are the Rockefeller Sapphire and Princess Diana’s sapphire ring. The Rockefeller Sapphire is a 62.02 carat stone that is rectangular with step cuts that were acquired in 1934 from an Indian maharaja by John D Rockefeller, Jr. Princess Diana’s iconic sapphire engagement ring holds a 12-carat oval sapphire surrounded with diamonds and is now worn by Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Origin Story:

Three historically important sapphire sources are Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Kashmir. Australia, Madagascar, Thailand, the United States, and Cambodia have also had sapphire discoveries. Sri Lanka has been a sapphire source for far more than 2,000 years! Sri Lanka is known as the “jewel box of the Indian Ocean”. Thailand is a great source of sapphire, as well as a major hub for cutting and treating sapphires. In 1881, a Himalayan landslide revealed large deposits of sapphires. The Maharaja of Kashmir caught wind of this discovery and took control of the area. A Kashmir sapphire is known to be one of the most prestigious gems.

Mythological History:

Grecian kings and queens believed that blue sapphires offered protection from harm and envy. The Ancient Greeks also used to wear blue sapphires during prayer to open their minds for clearer thinking and connection. Traditionally, the sapphire was a symbol of truth, faithfulness, nobility, and sincerity. 

The September birthstone has traditionally symbolized sincerity, truth, faithfulness, and nobility. For countless centuries, sapphire has adorned royalty and the robes of the clergy. The elite of ancient Greece and Rome believed that blue sapphires protected their owners from harm and envy. Clerics of the Middle Ages wore sapphires because they symbolized Heaven. Ancient Persians believed the earth actually rested on a giant sapphire, which made the sky blue.

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