What is the September Birthstone?

It’s that time again. As leaves begin to turn and the temperature starts to dip, those of us born in September start think of birthdays—and birthstones. So what is the September birthstone? You might be surprised to learn that it’s not the ruby (that’s July’s birthstone).

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What is the Birthstone for September?

No, in September, it’s actually the sapphire. Sapphires have been prized by civilizations all over the world for centuries. In fact, the word “sapphire” comes from the Greek word sapheiros, which means “blue stone.” Sapphires were first mined in Kashmir and India, and they were also popular in ancient Rome and Greece. Throughout history, sapphires have been associated with royalty and luxury. For example, in the Middle Ages, only those of royal blood were permitted to wear sapphires.

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. Read on to learn more about this beautiful gemstone.

What is the September Birthstone Color?

September Birthstone Color: Deep Blue

Sapphires come in a variety of colors, but the most popular and well-known color is blue.

In fact, when most people think of sapphires, they think of blue sapphires. However, did you know that sapphires can actually be a myriad of colors? That’s right—sapphires come in colors such as yellow, green, pink, and even orange!

The only color they can’t be is red. If a red sapphire exists, it would technically be classified as a ruby.

Blue is one of the most popular colors out there. Click here for blue meanings and symbolism.

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Traditional and Modern Gem –
What is the September Birthstone?

The sapphire is considered September’s modern and traditional birthstone of choice. Today, the stone’s popularity and high value is as solid as it was in ancient times.

The sapphire has been assigned as the September birthstone because it’s supposed to represent qualities such as sincerity and faithfulness. Sapphires are also believed to have protective powers, which is why they were once worn by soldiers going into battle.

As mentioned, the sapphire is technically the same stone as a ruby – the only difference is that 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.


Sapphire Birthstone Meaning: 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’s considered a symbol of marriage, commitment, and long-term relationships.

Sapphire Facts and Mythology

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.

Sapphire is known as the “wisdom stone” because it is said to increase knowledge and understanding. It is also said to promotes peacefulness, joy, and abundance. Sapphire is known for its calming effect on the mind and body, making it a great stone to use during meditation. It’s also believed to have healing properties and can be used to treat anxiety, depression, and addiction.

Sapphire is known as the “celestial stone” because it is said to represent the heavens and promote spiritual insights. It is also said to be a powerful protection stone that can shield you from negative energy and psychic attacks. Sapphire is believed to bring peace of mind, mental clarity, and wisdom.

September Birth Flowers: Morning Glory

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.

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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.

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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 flower makes a bright, happy addition to any birthday flower gift.

Sources For What is the September Birthstone (& Flowers): See sources listed on the Birthstone Color Chart page.

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