September Birthstone – Sapphire
Sapphires are the modern birthstone of September. Historically they are also associated with the zodiac signs: the planetary stone for Libra and the zodiac stone for Virgo, with both of these signs occurring in September.
Sapphires were first thought to be mined 3500 years ago in Myanmar (Burma) and 2500 years ago in Sri Lanka. Today sapphires can be found in Kashmir, Sri Lanka, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nigeria, Kenya, Madagascar, Australia and the USA state of Montana.
Kings, Queens, Princesses and Sapphires
In ancient Greece and Rome, Kings and Queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm. Sapphires also symbolise nobility, truth, sincerity and faithfulness.
The world’s most famous sapphire engagement ring now belongs to Princess Kate Middleton with the previous owner being Princess Diana.