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Birthstone for September: Sapphire or Iolite

The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros” both meaning blue. Some believe that the name sapphire is derived from its association with the planet Saturn. The name can be roughly be translated to mean “dear to the planet Saturn” in many different languages.


Sapphire is the traditional birthstone for September. Iolite is an alternative birthstone.

Properties of Sapphire

The sapphire has, for centuries, been seen as a symbol of the heavens, a bestower of truth, a promoter of good health, and a preserver of chastity. It is believed to brings gifts of fulfillment, joy, prosperity, inner peace and beauty. Some wore it to ward off illness or as protection while traveling.

Sources of Sapphire

Sapphire is found in only a few locations in the world. The most famous sapphire sources are in Asia, especially Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Kashmir. Sapphire has also been mined in Cambodia, Vietnam and India. In Africa, Madagascar and Tanzania have recently become important sources for sapphire.

Sapphire Jewellery

Have a look at our beautiful Sapphire jewellery...rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.


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