Birthstone of the Month – September
For those born in the month of September … Sapphire is the official birthstone.
the story behind sapphire …
“Since medieval times, sapphire has been associated with the majesty and tranquility of the heavens. It was thought to dispel evil thoughts and to bring peace and amiability to its wearer. The stone is associated with Abraham in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The name sapphire comes from the Greek word (for blue), and as late as the Middle Ages, the word applied to lapis lazuli.
Sapphire is found primarily in pegmatite (igneous rock) or as water-worn pebbles in alluvial deposits. Large stones have been found only rarely. Sapphire has long been associated with Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and India, but also is found in Australia, Africa, Cambodia, Brazil, and in the United States in Montana. The most highly prized is the cornflower blue stone from Kashmir.
Sapphires and rubies are closely related, having corundum as their base mineral. The iron pigment in the corundum makes sapphire blue, while the chrome element in rubies makes them red. Corundum gemstones are the second hardest of the most precious of gemstones (diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald). Sapphire actually has a range of colors, from blue to yellow to green to orange-pink.”
(as quoted from FireMountainGems)
Water Sapphire (also known as iolite) is considered a very strong “Shaman” stone. It is said to help one stay in the moment and bring harmony to the self within AND it is also featured in these breezy black & blue-ish lampwork bead earrings by peacock & lime … available on etsy here.