Are you celebrating a September birthday?  If so, we wish you a very happy birthday this month!  Your birthstone is the beautiful blue Sapphire, the ultimate blue gemstone, representing honesty, loyalty, purity and trust.  We hope you find this article interesting – and, if you are looking for that perfect present for a friend who is celebrating their birthday this month, useful too in giving you some ideas about what to buy a loved one.

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Don’t forget, most of the jewellery we feature here will represent your beautiful blue birthstone but won’t necessarily be true sapphires!  If you would like to read more about a particular piece that you see on this page, just click on the photo and the link will take you to our website where you can find out everything you need to know!

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You may not know that the most valuable sapphires are from Burma, Kashmir and Sri Lanka – and the purer the blue of the stone the more valuable.  However, sapphires not only come in blue but also in pink, orange, yellow, peach and violet;  these are more rare and therefore some of the most coveted gemstones.

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“A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.”

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As well as traditionally bringing the wearer good luck, birthstones are also said to have metaphysical properties – for the sapphire these include clairvoyance, insight and interpretation.  Sapphires are also reputed to be effective for health problems relating to lowering fevers and inflammation, hearing problems, cancer and burns.

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Did you know that one of our most famous sapphires is found in the Imperial State Crown, which was worn by Queen Victoria in 1838 and currently resides in the British Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. This gem is called the St. Edward’s Sapphire because it once belonged to Edward the Confessor, who wore the stone on a ring during his coronation in 1042.  What a beauty that stone is!

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Most gem specialists seem to agree that the tradition of birthstones arose from the Breastplate of Aaron: a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel and also corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.  Because ancient people did not always classify gemstones by mineral species like we do, there is some debate about which gemstones were actually set in the breastplate and why.  Because of this, different cultures around the world have developed different birth stone lists. The modern day list that you know is only the most recent list: some older lists still exist.

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With this in mind, Ayurvedic Indian Medicine reports the birthstone for September to be the beautiful shimmering Moonstone.  This is a magical stone, regarded in some cultures as holy.  In India, moonstones are said to bring the wearer beautiful visions at night and In Arabic countries, women may sew moonstones out of sight into their clothes as it is also reputed to be a stone of fertility.  Said to strengthen our emotions and also to be a lover’s stone, it evokes tender feelings and safeguards the true joys of love – what a lovely thought.

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So, September is a lovely month to celebrate a birthday – if you are celebrating, have a very special day x