September Birthstone Color and Flower & more September Birthday Symbols

The September Birthstone is Sapphire

The official birthstone for September is blue Sapphire and thus the September birthstone color is deep blue. The alternative birthstone for September is Lapis Lazuli, which also occurs in a deep royal blue color.

Blue Sapphire is one of the Zodiac birthstones for Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) and Lapis Lazuli is one of the birthstones for Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23). Other birthday symbols include the birth flowers for September which are the Aster and Morning Glory.

Blue Sapphire is extremely valuable and is one of the four precious gemstones, together with Diamond, Ruby and Emerald. Besides being a meaningful September birthday gift, Sapphire is also given to celebrate the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries, and Star Sapphire is the traditional 65th anniversary gift.

The origin of the word 'sapphire' appears to come from Latin sapphirus and Greek sappheiros meaning 'blue' or 'precious stones'. The brilliant blue Sapphire gemstone is associated with truth, sincerity, constancy and purity of the soul.

Watch the short, informative videos below highlighting the history, symbolism and properties of Sapphire and Lapis Lazuli.

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September Birthstone Color: Deep Blue

The September birthstone color of deep blue comes from the blue Sapphire gemstone. Blue Sapphire is a form of the mineral corundum and there are many other colors of corundum known as ‘fancy sapphires’. The exception is red corundum which is in fact the Ruby gemstone and is treated separately. Pure corundum is actually colorless and traces of other elements produce the different colored Sapphires. In the case of blue Sapphire it is traces of iron and titanium.

Brilliant blue Sapphires were found historically in the remote mountainous regions of Kashmir of northern India. Today most high quality Sapphires come from the Asian countries of Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Thailand and Cambodia and the African country of Madagascar. Commercial grade Sapphires are found in East Africa, Australia and Montana, USA.

September birthstone jewelry set with the valuable and precious blue Sapphire gemstone is a special gift for a milestone birthday. Lab created Sapphires are becoming a more affordable alternative and circumvent the ethical and environmental issues around mining.

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Alternative September Birthstone: Lapis Lazuli

The alternative or second birthstone for September is Lapis Lazuli, which is also a beautiful deep blue color.

Lapis is not actually a crystal like most gemstones, but a type of metamorphic rock made up of dark blue lazurite, golden pyrite flecks and white calcite veins. Due to its exquisite coloring it has been used in jewelry and sculptures for centuries.

Lapiz Lazuli has been mined in Afghanistan for more than 6000 years and is still sourced from there today. Other locations include Italy and Russia in Eurasia, Argentina and Chile in South America, and Canada and the USA in North America.

Lapiz Lazuli jewelry is more affordable than blue Sapphire and makes a special September birthday gift.

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September Birthday Symbols and Zodiac Signs

  • Official birthstone: Sapphire
  • Alternative birthstone: Lapis Lazuli
  • Birthstone color: deep blue
  • Birth flowers: Aster and Morning Glory
  • Zodiac star sign: Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 23)
  • Zodiac star sign: Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23)
  • 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries: Sapphire
  • 65th wedding anniversary: Star Sapphire

September Birthday Symbols and Signs

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September Zodiac Signs and Crystals

The two September birthday zodiac signs are Virgo and Libra. The Virgo sign is from August 23 to September 23 and the Libra sign from September 24 to October 23. (The start and end dates can vary by a day or so each year).

New Moon Beginnings offer Zodiac crystal sets (rough or tumbled) to enhance each sign's positive qualities and to calm negative energies.

In the Virgo crystal set - amazonite, moss agate, red jasper, amethyst and jade compliment the systematic and logical Virgos. Find out how these stones can help strengthen the Virgo sign characteristics.

Ametrine, citrine, labradorite, lepidolite and lapis lazuli are included in the Libra crystal set to enhance their charming and diplomatic nature. Discover how these stones amplify the qualities of the Libra sign.

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