SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONE, SAPPHIRE
September’s birthstone, Sapphire is associated with faith, honesty, wisdom and serenity.
It is believed to increase mental clarity and enhance spirituality in a person.
Sapphires are generally deep blue in colour but they are also found in other colors like yellow and pink.
Sapphire promotes pure emotions – purity of mind, serenity, joy and peace. Opens the mind to beauty and love.
Clears the mind of unwanted thoughts.
The ancient Greeks believed the sapphire to symbolize wisdom and purity, and reserved them for kings and priests.
They believed the world itself was set upon a giant sapphire, whose color could be seen in the late summer sky.
Other ancient cultures believed sapphires could protect the wearer from envious enemies and poisoning, and even that a poisonous snake could be killed by being placed near a sapphire.
Ancient doctors even ground the birthstone of September into a powder and used it to treat rheumatism, depression and eye problems. The medieval female religious cleric Hildegard of Bingen wrote about the incredible healing powers of sapphires in her well-regarded book of medicine, in which she claimed that sapphires had special powers from God and could help improve the intellect.
The September birthstone Sapphire derives its name from the Greek word “sapphirus” meaning blue, a word which itself comes from the Hebrew “sappir” which means to shine. Sapphires have a long and precious history in the ancient Jewish tradition.
Ancient Hebrew texts claim that Noah’s Ark was illuminated with a giant sapphire used as a window, and the same stone was said to be placed in the Jewish High Priest’s breastplate, the original source of the notion of birthstones.
Finally, the Ten Commandments themselves were said to have been engraved on giant sapphire tablets. The term sapphire originally applied to lapis lazuli, an extraordinarily rare and prized stone of the ancient world.
This blue gem of lazurite came only from a mine in northern Afghanistan, and was given mystical and magical properties in ancient Egypt and medieval Europe.
This gem was so rare that in the Middle Ages, European gemologists began referring to blue specimens of corundum, a recently discovered gem at the time, with the ancient name of sapphire.