Official September Birthstone: Sapphire
Zodiac: Virgo & Libra
Sapphire is the official birthstone for the month of September, a semi-precious stone famous for its deep blue hue and royal associations. Derived from the Latin word ‘“Sapphirus” and the Greek word “Sappheiros”, the name Sapphire means ‘Blue stone’. This gemstone appears blue due to the small amounts of titanium and iron within the crystal structure, and the most valuable Sapphires are those in the deep shade of Cornflower Blue. A symbol of faithfulness and sincerity, it is believed that wearing this gemstone will bring protection, luck and peace of mind. According to legend, Helen of Troy owned a large Star Sapphire which was the key to her desirability!
Sapphires have been treasured by royalty for centuries and two of the most historically significant Sapphires rest on the Imperial State Crown worn by Queen Victoria. Now found in the British Crown Jewels in the Tower of London, this crown showcases the Stewart Sapphire acquired by George IV that weighs 104 carats, and the St. Edward’s Sapphire that once belonged to Edward the Confessor who wore this beautiful blue gem on a ring during his coronation in 1042.
The Star of India is around 2 billion years old and is one of the largest Sapphires in the world. Donated to the American Museum of Natural History in the early Twentieth century, this beautiful gemstone is famous for its flawless milky quality and star effect.
But perhaps the most famous Sapphire of the moment is on Kate Middleton’s engagement ring! First worn by Princess Diana in 1981, this beautiful ring features a show-stopping royal blue Sapphire surrounded by 14 sparkling diamonds! Hollywood royalty such as Joan Crawford and Elizabeth Taylor are known to be avid collectors of Sapphires, and the beautiful colour of Sapphire blue has long been a hit on the red carpet year by year thanks to its timeless glamour and elegance.
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