What is the Birthstone for September?
Were you born in September? If so, your birthstone is the beautiful blue Sapphire. Sapphire is one of the most desirable birthstones. The birthstone for September can be a rainbow of colours and has always been popular among royalty.
Have you ever wondered what is the history of sapphires? Where do Sapphires come from? Or what is the meaning behind your birthstone? Read on to discover everything you need to know about the beautiful blue birthstone for September:
Sapphire - History, Origins and Meanings:
Did you know that Sapphires have always been popular with royalty? In Ancient Greece, sapphires were used as a protection against danger, particularly among royalty. In more modern time, Sapphires continue to be a popular gemstone for royals across the globe. One of the most well-known is the Sapphire engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer by Prince Charles in 1981.
What Colour is Sapphire?
Blue sapphires are the most desirable gemstones. The more intense the blue Sapphire, the more valuable it is. Sapphire come from the Latin word for blue, sappheiros. Although, it is worth mentioning that not all Sapphires are blue.
Sapphires come in an array of colours such as purple, yellow, green, orange and even pink. Otherwise known as fancy Sapphires.
Even more valuable than fancy sapphires are padparadscha sapphires. These sapphires are extremely valuable and rare. Their colour is often described as salmon (pinkish orange).
Blue Sapphire Gemstones
Where do Sapphires Come From?
The first Sapphires were discovered in Kasmir in 1881. Nowadays, Sapphires can be found across the globe. Myanmar and Sri Lanka are two major producers of the birthstone for September. Thailand has also been recognised as an important source for Sapphires. As well as a producer, Thailand also plays a key role in gemstone cutting for many jewellery companies.
Orangy Pink Sapphires known as Padparadscha Sapphires are mainly sourced in Sri Lanka.
Sapphires: Meanings and Special Properties:
Have you wondered what special properties and meanings are related to sapphires? Sapphires symbolise strength, focus and wisdom. Many believe that Sapphires also promote calmness and creative thinking.
As well as representing the month of September, sapphires are also commonly given as a gift to mark 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries.
How to Clean Sapphire Gemstones: Our Top Tips
- Use a soft polish cloth to look after your jewellery
- Avoid steam cleaners, chemicals and water
- Store in soft anti-tarnish pouch to keep your sapphires shining
Sapphires - Key Facts:
Colour: blue, purple, yellow, green, orange and pink.
Source: Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand
Sapphire - Find your birthstone:
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