Symbolizing truth, wisdom, nobility, sincerity, and faithfulness, the traditional September birthstone, sapphire, is a gorgeous gem in the same family as ruby. There are also two alternative September birthstones that people may prefer over sapphire, though it’s hard to imagine any people celebrating a birth in this month not adoring the deep sparkling beauty of a blue sapphire. Learn more about this month’s birthstones, sapphire, carnelian, and lapis lazuli!
Traditional September Birthstone: Sapphire
On the Mohs rating of 9.0 and second only to diamonds, sapphire is heat, light, and chemical resistant and is able to be worn regularly without damage. This precious gemstone contains trace elements of chromium, titanium, vanadium, iron, and / or magnesium and comes from the mineral corundum.
Loved for its durability, sapphire comes from the Greek word “sappheiros” meaning blue stone. However, not all sapphires are blue. They can be orange, purple, black, pink, yellow, and even black.
Representing high society and royalty, blue sapphires are often used for engagement rings. In fact, Princess Diana’s engagement ring, which is now worn by the wife of her son Prince William (Princess Kate Middleton), contains a 12-carat Ceylon sapphire in the center.
Alternative Birthstone #1: Carnelian
Also referred to as sard, this alternative birthstone for September is typically a fiery red-orange color and was often used for cameos. It may also be found in pink and brown. Associated with fertility, confidence, and abundance, carnelian placed near your front door may welcome good fortune.
A Chalcedony variety, this quartz is believed to have the ability to cleanse other stones. Rated a 7 on the hardness scale, it’s a semi-precious stone that is not nearly as durable as sapphire. Its name comes from the Latin word “carneus” meaning flesh-like.
Alternative Birthstone #2: Lapis Lazuli
Another stone often found in a royal blue color, lapis lazuli, or simply lapis, often has fleck of white from calcite or gold from pyrite. Lapis with pyrite is the most valuable. Ancient cultures associated this stone with spirituality and gods, and it’s believed to be very powerful. No doubt as to why, as the colors in the stones can make it look like the cosmos.
Between a 5 and 6 on the Mohs hardness scale, lapis is considered “fair” in terms of hardness. While it can be scratched with a sharp instrument, it is also hard enough to scratch glass.
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