September Birthstone - Sapphire
Throughout history, different gemstones have developed their own meanings and all have their own history. Different stones and the things they symbolism now represent each month throughout the year. These birthstones are really special and all have their own meanings for the months they
represent. If you were born in September, not only are you born in the month that starts the
Autumn season, but you’re represented by sapphire, a beautiful blue stone that has been associated for royalty for many centuries.
The Story behind Sapphire
We know that sapphire has been around for very many years; in fact, its name itself comes from the Greek word sappheiros, which literally means blue stone. We also know that for many years,
sapphire has been loved by royalty and the modern royal family are no exception. When the late
Princess Diana married Prince Charles, her engagement ring was made from blue sapphire a
diamonds, truly beautiful. Much like many stunning pieced of jewellery, this was passed down a
generation to Kate Middleton, by her now-husband Prince William. Sapphires come from a number of countries including, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, China and the United States. Although most we see for sale in today’s market have come from Sri Lanka as these are thought to produce the nicest range of blue stones.
What Does Sapphire Symbolise?
This beautiful stone is thought to be representative of wisdom, virtue and good fortune, no surprise it is favoured by the royal family then. It is also a really popular stone to use in engagement rings as it symbolises faithfulness. There is also a spiritual meaning behind the sapphire stone, which is that it brings protection and spiritual insight – so if you are someone born in September, you’re certainly well looked after and protected by this gemstone. As well as representing the month of September as a birthstone, it is also used for a celebration of a very important wedding milestone. Sapphire is used to when celebrating 45 years of marriage, and
the stone itself is often given as a gift as well as other gifts in the royal sapphire blue that so many of us know and love.
There is no denying that this gemstone is known for representing love and good fortune, so no
wonder it is loved by so many and used to celebrate such important events. On top of that, if you
were born in September you’re lucky enough to have it represent the month of your birth.
A Guide To Buying Sapphire
If you are looking for a sturdy stone, then sapphire isn’t definitely one to choose from. In fact, it is
one of the hardest stones you can get so as long as it is looked after, you’re investing in something that is going to last a long time. When investing something as precious as Sapphire, you want to make sure you’re buying from someone that is knowledgeable and legit. There are different people that will sell jewellery and they will offer different quality in stones. Speak to the jeweller that you’re looking to buy from and ask them about the sapphire they offer – they should be able to tell you where it is from and a little about its history. Don’t be afraid to ask these questions and be wary of any jeweller that isn’t happy to discuss these details with you. If you’re buying online it is worth checking if they offer any money back guarantees, which will also give you peace of mind that they’re offering something genuine.
Looking After Your Sapphire
When cleaning your sapphire, you want to avoid anything that is abrasive, as this will scratch the
metal of your jewellery and possibly damage your sapphire stone. You can use mild dish soap or
cleaning product that has degreasing ability, but anything with chemicals harsher than this should be avoided. Gently washing the jewellery and then dry it with a soft towel. Sapphires may be hardy, but you still want to make sure you take care of them when washing them to avoid damage. All jewellery should be stored somewhere without extreme temperatures and in a box that will keep them well protected. Ideally, you’d have a lined box with separate sections to stop pieces of jewellery bashing to together and damaging each other or chains getting tangled up. You can buy storage boxes specifically for jewellery and if you have bought something as precious as sapphire then these are definitely worth considering.