September Birthstone - the Color of the Sapphire
The traditional color associated with the Sapphire is the deep blue color
and was strongly favored as a popular gem in jewelry. The
meaning of colors through the ages represented many aspects of life.
Social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism were all reflected in the
color blue. The symbolic meaning of the color blue has a Biblical
meaning symbolizing heavenly grace. Sapphires can be found in a variety
of colors, not just different shades of blue, these include yellow, pink
and white. Sapphires with colors other than blue are generally referred
to as fancy sapphires. The distinctive blue of the sapphire is due to
minute amounts of oxide of iron and titanium in the stone.
Definition of the
Sapphire, the September Birthstone
Definition of Sapphire, the September birth stone: The word Sapphire is derived
from the Greek word "sappheiros" which means "precious
stone". Sapphires are the blue transparent variety of corundum,
highly prized as a gem. The Sapphire
is a member of the Corundum (aluminum oxide) family. Crystal structure
of the Sapphire, the September birthstone, is hexagonal (trigonal),
dipyramidal. One of the four precious gemstones. The other three are
diamonds, rubies, and emeralds.
September Birth stone - the History of the Sapphire
For those who were born in the month of September the Sapphire is the
traditional birthstone. The history, myths, legends and folklore
surrounding the magical properties of different birthstones have been
handed down through the ages and from different civilisations. This
subject has been documented separately in the History of Birthstones section
which can be accessed by the link at the top of the page.