The September birthstone, the sapphire, was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning. It was believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire.
September Birthstone Color
Sapphires are a form of corundum, the second-hardest mineral. Commonly ranging in color from light to dark blue, they are found chiefly in placer deposits.
A sapphire may also form in a rainbow of other colors, but red-hued corundum is known as the ruby.
Birthstone Facts & Folklore
Traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.
- In the 17th century, holding or wearing the sapphire was believed to help you to foretell the future.
- In the 15th century, it was thought that holding a sapphire near a spider would kill it.
- Sapphires are thought to ease pain and reduce stress.
- If you dream that you are wearing a sapphire, be warned: You should be less impulsive.