September's Gemstone is the Stunning Sapphire
A Rainbow of Colorful Sapphires
The Sapphire Throughout History
Because Sapphires were so rare, only the kings and the wealthy could purchase them. In the sixth century, the Pope ordained that every cardinal was supposed to wear a Sapphire ring on his right hand (the hand used for blessing). Sir Richard Burton, a nineteenth century British explorer, author, translator, and Oriental scholar, owned a giant star Sapphire which drew him much attention and favor. Only those who served Sir Burton faithfully were allowed to view this magnificent stone. In the Far East, Sapphires were regarded as protective, guiding lights. They were used as guards against witchcraft and evil. This stone was believed to bring good fortune to its wearer.
Another poignant example can be found in English poet John Milton’s verse when he referred to the stars as “living sapphires”. The poet Percy Shelley referred to the gemstone as such “the sapphire ocean”, as Sapphire was considered to be the gemstone of Neptune, the God of the Sea.
The Healing Powers of the Sapphire
May - Emerald
June - Pearl
July - Ruby
August - Sardonyx and Peridot
October - Opal
November - Citrine
December - Turquoise
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