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.
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.
Discover more about the sapphire gemstone and sapphire history and symbolism.
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 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
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