September 2nd, 2008 by Classic Charms in Birthstones
Sapphire is the modern birthstone for the month of September. Sapphire is a variety of corundum, and comes in all colors of the rainbow except red (the red variety is known to most as Ruby). Typically sapphires are blue, and range in all shades of blue from pale blue to deep indigo blue, and is due to the presence of small amounts of titanium and iron within the crystal structure.
Sapphire symbolizes truth, sincerity, and the ability to make dreams come true. They are also thought to bring their wearers comfort, and consistency in marriage. Sapphires were once believed to be protection against snakes. Its was said that if a poisonous snake or spider were put in a jar with a sapphire, the insects and reptile would immediately die. The french of the 13th century believed that sapphires transformed stupidity to wisdom and irritability to good temper. The powers of sapphires are thought to include inner peace, healing properties for rheumatism, colic and mental illness.
The biggest source of sapphires world wide is Australia, especially New South Wales and Queensland. Australian Sapphires typically are blue stones with a dark and inky appearance. Sapphires are commonly heated to improve their color and reduce cloudiness that is caused by rutile inclusions.
Many women collect Birthstone Baby shoe charms to represent their child or grandchild on their charm bracelet. Charm jewelry is a very personal way to represent the loved one born in Septemeber.
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