September Birthstone: Color and Meaning

By by Martie Majoros
September 6, 2019
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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.


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