Saturday, September 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of September, Blue Sapphire.
Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.
September Birthstone: Sapphire
Birthstone Color: Deep Blue
Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September and the gem designated for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversary; a star sapphire is typically given on the 65th wedding anniversary. A gift of Sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness.
Mystical Powers of the birthstone: Sapphires were once believed to be protection against snakes. It was said that if poisonous reptiles and spiders were placed in a jar containing the stone, the creatures would immediately die. The French of the 13th century believed that sapphire transformed stupidity to wisdom, and irritability to good temper.
Main sources of Aquamarine: Sapphire is mined in Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Other producers are Burma, Kampuchea, Kenya and Tanzania.
Interesting Facts: The Sapphire is second only to the Diamond in hardness, making it a durable gemstone for setting into jewelry. As nourishing to the soul as gazing up at the sky on a summer day, this brilliant blue gemstone is truly a heavenly choice!