Birthstone Series: September’s Sapphire

This post is another in a series of twelve discussing the creation and meaning of the different birthstones. The concept of birthstones dates to the Breastplate of Aaron described in the Bible. The breastplate was a ceremonial religious piece of armor set with twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel and corresponding with the twelve months of the year.

The birthstone associated with September and the Virgo sign is the sapphire.

Sapphire Origin
The gem’s name comes from the Greek sappheiros, which used to be used to refer to lapis lazuli. Now, though, the blue sapphire’s hue is the standard against which all other blue gems are compared. Interestingly, blue is the most popular color sapphire comes in, but it isn’t the only one. Sapphire also comes in yellow, pink, white, green, purple, orange, and black. Blue sapphire is typically the one that is being referred to whenever someone uses the word “sapphire” because it’s the most popular.

Sapphire is composed of the mineral corundum. Corundum is made from aluminum and oxygen. The mineral can turn blue when titanium is introduced.

Sapphire Meaning
Sapphire has typically symbolized faithfulness, sincerity, truth, and nobility. In Ancient Greece and Rome, sapphires were thought to protect wearers from envy and harm. Also, in the Middle Ages, the clergy wore sapphires, which indicated a link between heaven and the gem.

How to Wear Sapphire
Sapphires are best paired with blue eyes or an outfit with blue in it. Alternatively, sapphires can be worn with gray-colored clothing so that the stones pop visually. When deciding on other jewelry to wear with sapphire, it’s best to avoid mixing other gemstones. Instead, opt for gold or silver jewelry that will enhance the look of your gems without stealing any attention away from them.


Inspired by history and fantastic story of the sapphire? At Joseph Gann Jewelers, we feature a beautiful collection of sapphire jewelry at our Boston, MA location. Have questions? Feel free to stop by our store or contact us here. We’d love to chat and answer any questions you might have.