Sapphire's Birthstone History
The tradition of associating different gemstones with each month dates back to ancient times, though the practice of wearing the stone of your birth month arose around the 16th century. Sapphire became the official September birthstone in 1912, when the list of modern birthstones was published by the National Association of Jewelers. It replaced the traditional birthstone of chrysolite, which referred to any gemstone with a yellow-green color like peridot.
The Gem of Wisdom and Romance
Today, sapphire is brimming with birthstone meaning
for those born in September. It’s considered to be a stone of wisdom, truth and good virtue, and is often worn to bring good luck, facilitate healing and encourage clear and positive thinking. This beguiling blue gemstone carries deep mystical meaning and has been associated with heaven and divinity since ancient times. Sapphire also symbolizes love and was famously worn in an engagement ring by Princess Diana.
Sapphire’s Connection to September
September’s birthstone properties have a strong connection to the zodiac signs that share this fall month. Virgos and libras are both known for their intelligence which makes their sapphire birthstone a fitting match with its connections to wisdom.
Though blue sapphire is the most popular color of this gemstone, September’s birthstone comes in a rainbow of colors. Yellow, orange and brown sapphires can represent the fall leaves of September.
Caring for Sapphire Birthstones
As one of the hardest gemstones, September's stone is incredibly durable. When a sapphire isn’t being worn, it should be stored in its original box or a felt-lined jewelry storage box. Sapphires can be cleaned with a mix of soap and water or a gentle jewelry cleaning solution