Did you know that sapphires - the September birthstone - are technically blue rubies? Legend says that sapphires were born from the demise of a demon god named Vela.
This birthstone and its flower have some fun myths and facts that are fantastic to share in the card when giving birthstone gifts or flower bouquets!
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The sapphire is considered September's modern and traditional birthstone of choice. The stone's popularity and high value is as solid as it was in ancient times.
The sapphire is technically the same stone as a ruby – the only difference is a ruby is red. Every other variation of this stone is considered a sapphire. They come in a large variety of colors, but the most popular (and most expensive) is a rich, royal blue... not too dark, and not too light.
You can also get what's called a "star" sapphire, where the center shine takes the shape of a star. This month's birth flower would be a great addition to a September birthstone gift, as its name is also derived from a Greek word meaning "star".
Next to the diamond, sapphires and rubies are the hardest stones known to mankind.
Creativity, Light, Joy, Beauty, Clarity
In ancient times, the sapphire was said to increase intuition and bring clarity of mind to the owner. It increases imagination and artistic ability. It is also helpful in manifestation, bringing your hopes and dreams to life.
The sapphire is also said to help strengthen relationships by increasing attributes of loyalty, honesty and devotion. That’s why it is considered a symbol of marriage, commitment, and long-term relationships.
Historically, it was believed that the center of the earth was sapphire, and the sky mirrored the blue of its core.
The Vedic religion believed that sapphires were born out of the demise of Vela, an evil god. Different colored sapphires represented different parts of the fallen god – blue sapphires were his eyes.
Interestingly enough, sapphires were also used in medicinal solutions to treat eyes back in ancient Egypt and medieval times.
September's modern birth flower is the morning glory, which blooms beautifully at dawn and withers by the day's end. It represents affection and mortality.
The aster bloom is September's traditional birth flower, which symbolizes love, patience, light, and wishing. The name aster comes from a Greek word that means "star" - and the aster petals represent its namesake.
Asters have thin, beautiful petals that open with the dawn and close at sundown. Legends claimed that these flowers housed sleeping fairies at night under their closed petals.
It was also believed in medieval times that these flowers contained healing properties, and magical powers that would keep poisonous snakes away when the leaves were burned.
Either flowers make a bright, happy addition to any birthday flower gift.
Sources For September Birthstone & Flowers: See sources listed on the Birthstone Color Chart page.