The September birthstone, sapphire, is the birthstone most suitable for use in jewelry. Coming in at a 9 (out of 10) on the Mohs hardness scale, the only mineral harder than sapphire is diamond. This durability makes it perfect for everyday wear in all types of jewelry.
The deep meaning of sapphire extends below the surface, though. Sapphire traditionally symbolizes truth, nobility, sincerity, and faithfulness. Ancient kings and queens believed that sapphires protected them from envy and harm, and the ancient Greeks even believed that the whole world was set upon a giant sapphire that was reflected into the blue sky. While all of these ancient myths may not be true, sapphire certainly is a beautiful and valuable gemstone, and it became the official September birthstone in 1912. It is also used to commemorate 5th, 23rd, and 45th wedding anniversaries.
Where do sapphires come from?
Sapphire has also been associated for centuries with royalty and romance. In 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles proposed to the future Princess Diana with a blue sapphire engagement ring, reinforcing the royal connotation of the September birthstone. This royal ring was more recently passed on to Prince William who proposed to the now-Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton with it. This makes the royal blue September birthstone royal in more than just one way.
All sapphires are part of the mineral species corundum, which comes in all colors of the rainbow spectrum. All colors of corundum except for red are considered sapphires. Red corundum gems are called rubies. So really, rubies are just red sapphires!
Do you have a September birthday? Celebrate your royal birthstone color with gorgeous Sapphire jewelry.