Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sapphire is September's Birthstone

The Greek word "sapphirus", meaning blue, is the origin of the word sapphire. Sapphires are considered royal gemstones-priests and kings considered them symbolic of wisdom and purity.
Social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism all have included the color blue representing heavenly grace. Since ancient times, blue has been considered a lucky color among the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. According to several rabbinic sages, blue is the color of God’s Glory. Staring at this color aids in mediation, bringing us a glimpse of the “pavement of sapphire, like the very sky for purity,” which is a likeness of the Throne of God. (The Hebrew word for glory, kavod, means “blue” in Arabic.)

Here are some finds from the Etsy Promofrenzy Team
Blue Moon Pendant Sapphire Blue crystal Bracelet
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Sapphire Blue Swarovski Crystal Seder Plate Earrings Sapphire Blue Dragonfly Earrings
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Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum.  Corundum is found in every color of the rainbow, with red being designated as ruby and all other hues Sapphire. The most prized color of Sapphire is a rich, deep blue. Sapphires with colors other than blue are generally referred to as fancy sapphires. The distinctive blue of the sapphire is due to minute amounts of oxide of iron and titanium in the stone.
Sapphire Corundum
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These gemstones were mined as early as the 7th Century BCE from India and what is now Sri Lanka. They are found today in Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Myanmar, Thailand, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, China, Madagascar, and the United States. 

Large specimens of Corundum crystals are rare, although the 563-carat Star of India can be seen in the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY.  This is the largest and most famous of star Sapphires, which are cut to reflect light from inclusions within the stone, revealing a bright six-legged star pattern. 

The Sapphire is second only to the Diamond in hardness, making it a durable gemstone for setting into jewelry.  A gift of Sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness. As nourishing to the soul as gazing up at the sky on a summer day, this brilliant blue gemstone is truly a heavenly choice!

Sun Rays - Rays of Hope Photo


Fused Glass Dichroic Bowl Emerald Green and Sapphire Blue
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Vintage Sapphire Ring Lapis Lazuli Cats Eye Necklace
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Blue Bicone Toggle Clasp Bracelet Light Sapphire Rivoli Ring
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September birthdays are divided into 2 signs:
Virgo, “the Virgin” in Latin, “Partenos” in Greek is the astrological sign for birthdays from Aug 22 to Sept 21 and Libra from September 23 - October 22 (coming in another article).
Ruling planet - Mercury
Quality - Mutable
Element - Earth
Greatest Overall Compatibility - Taurus, Capricorn
Best for Marriage and Partnerships - Pisces
Color - Navy blue
Metal - Quicksilver
Lucky Numbers 5, 3

Virgo characteristics: Mental agility, analystical skills, healing powers, ability to give attention to details
Virgo is an excellent manager with thrifty ways and a clear head. Virgo should watch out not to be too critical of others not so strong willed. It takes hard work to win the love of Virgo, but once won, the love glows so hot it seldom cools.
Negative traits: Destructive criticism

Celebrities born under the sign Virgo
Lauren Bacall Virgonard Bernstein
Jacqueline Bisset Sid Caesar
Sean Connery Ben Gazzara
Greta Garbo Jesse James
Lyndon B Johnson Sophia Loren
Bob Newhart Lily Tomlin
Racquel Welch
By: Linda Blatchford, Jewelry Designer of
Part of this article originally appeared at


  1. Wow, Sapphire is my favorite and my birthstone!
    Lot's of information that i did not know. Thank you Linda. I love the items that you posted as well, gorgeous!!

    1. I love finding obscure facts and sharing them, especially about birthdays.

  2. What an interesting article, and the pictures are just gorgeous! Great post, Linda ... thank you :D

    1. Jill, thank you for letting me write it. It's a pleasure.

  3. Thank you for sharing this with us!! Beautiful Sapphire finds.
    Thanks for posting my bracelet:)

  4. Great info on Sapphires. Thank you for including my Sapphire Bracelet in your samples selections.

  5. One of my favorite gemstones! Thanks for the great info and beautiful sapphire creations!

  6. I love reading and learning about gem stones! Thank you for doing the research and writing an interesting blog and including beautiful examples of the gem and its many color hues!

  7. I love sapphires. I have often wished that I was born in September, just because I love sapphires!

  8. Ooh I love sapphire! Such a stunning blue! And all the items above are stnning too! Thanks for featuring my moon pendant necklace!

  9. Fantastic article!!! I had no idea that ruby's and sapphire's were actually from the same stone!

    Blue is my favorite color, wish I had been born in september instead of august :)

  10. Great post! Sapphire is my daughter's favorite stone.

  11. Very interesting facts! I love sapphires, so my fiance gave me a sapphire engagement ring (from Etsy) which I adore!

  12. Love your article... such wonderful information and items to highlight the Sapphire!

  13. I love sapphires! Thank you for sharing their history!

  14. Great article. Always fun to celebs and who has these birthdays. Lovely picks for Sapphire too!

    Thanks Linda for writing this post for the team!

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