For those born in the month of September, the deep blue Sapphire is the traditional birthstone. This prized gemstone is associated with trust, loyalty, wisdom, faith and understanding, as well as physical and emotional balance. “A maiden born when autumn leaves Are rustling in Septembers breeze A Sapphire on her brow should bind; To bring her joy and peace of mind” The name sapphire is originally derived from the Greek word “sappheiros” meaning “precious stone”. The sapphire is a member of the Corundum (aluminium oxide) family and is the second hardest crystal Mother Nature has ever given us. It is one of the four precious gemstones alongside diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Blue sapphires usually occur in a range of shades from a very light to very dark greenish to violet and pure blue, however, the most prized Sapphires range from medium to medium-dark blue. Geologically, significant sapphire deposits are located in East Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Madagascar, East Africa and North America. Sapphire was in fact one of the earliest gemstones known to man. The ancient Persians once believed that mother earth rested on a giant sapphire, with its striking blue colour reflected into the sky. Many other cultures spoke of the Sapphires magical healing properties. The stone has been traditional in royalty throughout the ages, with Princess Diana and Princess Anne both receiving sapphire engagement rings, as a symbol of pure and wise rulers. To this day, sapphires are still used for their healing properties. Thought to relax and clear the mind, sapphires protect their owners from envy and ill health. Known as the wisdom stone, the pure blue ray of the sapphire improves concentration and mental clarity, lending strength and focus. The sapphire is a royal stone of psychic activation, thought to increase our connection to our angels and spirit guides. Physically, the Sapphire promotes general good health. It has been used since ancient times in the healing of the eyes, thought to effectively soothe and sharpen our sight. One ancient recipe for eyesight was to powder the stone and mix it with vinegar. Sapphires are also used to treat blood disorders, protect against mental illnesses and cool fevers. Sapphires are popular meditation stones. They help to calm the mind and connect us to the universe. Used to develop and stimulate the throat and third eye chakras, sapphires are often associated with out of body experiences and telepathy, allowing us to reach deeper levels of consciousness. The eye-catching pure blue sapphire makes it a popular gem used in birthstone jewellery. Worn at the throat, they facilitate creativity and self-expression so you may want to invest in a sapphire necklace or pendant. As hard and durable as a diamond, sapphires are also extremely popular in rings, bracelets, and earrings. Some lucky celebrities who have been born under the sapphire birthstone this September include notable Royals Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, as well as Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and Will Smith. Sapphires work at their strongest for those born September, so it will prove to be an excellent gift for your beloved, expressing your love, trust and respect. This radiant, bright, blue sapphire will surely be appreciated. If you or someone you love were born this September, Psychic Light would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday!