The sapphire gemstone is the traditional birthstone for the month of September. These stones are the symbol of a month according to the Gregorian calendar. This stone is associated with constancy, sincerity and truth. The metaphysical properties of the Sapphire gemstone are interpretation, insight and clairvoyance. It is believed that the sapphire enhances the Venus influence and clears the mind of evil thoughts. Illnesses such as cancer, burns, hearing problems, inflammation and fever can reputedly be treated by the healing properties of the Sapphire gemstone.
The Sapphire gemstone is a traditional gift for the fifth, twenty-third and forty-fifth wedding anniversary celebrations. A star sapphire is the traditional celebration stone for a marriage that reaches a sixty-five year anniversary. This sapphire gemstone has tiny need-like characteristics of a substance known as rutile. By intersecting with one another, these create a star effect. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC has the Star of Asia sapphire on display. It is believed that to receive a sapphire as a gift will bring you good luck and protection. The sapphire gemstone is considered to be the birthstone for the month of September which is for the zodiac sign of Virgo. Virgo is the sign for anyone that is born during the period of August 23 to September 22. It is said that this sign also relates to Agate, Peridot, Sardonyx, Zircon and Carnelian.
Sapphires are found in the countries of Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Kashmir, Nigeria, Tanzania, Thailand, Burma, Australia, Kenya and United States. This gemstone is a favorite in jewelry because of the deep blue color of the sapphire. The color blue has been used to reflect Christian, biblical, religious and social symbolism. Many aspects of life have been reflected and represented through the decades with the meanings of colors. The Biblical meaning of the color blue is heavenly grace. Sapphires do not only come in shades of blue but also white, pink and yellow. These colored sapphires are commonly known as fancy sapphires. Minute amounts of iron, oxide and titanium in the stone cause it to be a blue color.
The sapphire gemstone was known as the “Celestial Stone” by the Ancient Persians. This was said to be the gem of the Greek God of prophesy, Apollo and it was worn by those who were seeking help and who worshiped and visited his shrine in the city of Delphi. In the seventh century BC the ancient Etruscan civilization were using sapphires for different purposes. The most famous sapphire rests on the Imperial State Crown which was worn by Queen Victoria in the year 1838. This stone is kept in the Tower of London with the British Crown Jewels.