September Birthstone: Sapphire

Happy Birthday to all the September babies!

Your birthstone is the beautiful, blue Sapphire. It is thought to grant good fortune, wisdom and virtue to its wearer. The Sapphire symbolizes trust, faithfulness and sincerity and is therefore a very popular choice for colored stone engagement rings. In fact, Princess Diana wore a Sapphire and Diamond engagement ring which has now been passed down to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

Many people who are born in September have the astrological sign Virgo and are best known for their compassionate, caring natures. Even through the perils of life, Virgos maintain a strong faith in humanity and are very kind-hearted. Virgos are always there to listen and help a friend in need.

Famous September Birthdays: Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Mother Teresa, Bill Murray and Nicole Richie.

More about Sapphires: The sapphire gem has been popular since the Middle Ages and, according to folklore, will protect your loved ones from envy and harm. Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. Sapphire engagement rings are sometimes chosen as alternatives to diamond engagement rings. This option is more popular in Europe than it is in the United States.

Blue sapphires range from very light to very dark greenish or violetish blue, as well as various shades of pure blue. The most prized colors are a medium to medium dark blue or a slight violet-blue. Sapphire is a variety of the gem species corundum and occurs in all colors of the rainbow. Pink, purple, green, orange, or yellow corundum are known by their color (pink sapphire, green sapphire). Ruby is the red variety of corundum.

September’s birthstone sapphire is also the traditional gift for the 45th wedding anniversary.

Birthstone jewelry for September or any month of the year is available at all Long’s Jewelers locations.

*Partial Sapphire information collected from American Gem Society