September is a month of beautiful blue birthstones. One of them is a traditional cardinal stone, the other has been used in Egypt and other civilizations for millennia.
So what are the September birthstones?
The September birthstones include the beautiful blue Sapphire for the Primary birthstone, and the classic blue Lapis Lazuli for a Secondary birthstone. But there is much more to these stones than just their colour.
Sapphire is the Primary September Birthstone
The name Sapphire is believed to be derived from the Greek word sapphirus, meaning blue. Only in more recent Medieval times has it referred to the gemstone we now know. In earlier times it referred to Lapis Lazuli.
But it is that gorgeous blue, and its other properties, that make Sapphire a wonderful September birthstone.
Sapphire was one of the twelve stones in the Hebrew breastplate worn by the high priest, though that was probably Lapis Lazuli. In Medieval times Sapphire was adored and greatly prized. Kings and Queens wore Sapphire to show their wealth and power, also believing it attracted even more wealth and power.
Sapphire is the stone of wisdom, bestowing great depth of thought upon its wearer. Throughout antiquity worn by royalty and the nobility to help them make wiser decisions in all their dealings.
It is a calming stone, bring a peace of mind to its wearer that assist with focus. With calm and focus comes a greater clarity of thought that aids immensely with decision making, creativity and productivity.
Also with calm and focus the wearer finds an inner serenity and peace of mind. Unwanted thoughts are thrown aside, encouraging personal satisfaction and loyalty to others. Mental issues, such as anxiety and depression are more easily controlled.
Physically, sapphire is linked to the throat and head. It helps with ailments centred around these areas, such a throat infections and headaches. Even nightmares are also controlled.
Lapiz Lazuli is a Secondary September Birthstone
The name Lapis Lazuli is derived mainly from Latin. Lapis is the Latin word for stone. Lazuli is derived through Medieval Latin and Arabic words back to the Persian word lājevard, which is the name of the place where it was mined as well as the name for the stone.
Carved and shaped Lapis Lazuli is found in many pieces of jewellery and other items. This makes it ideal for gifts and wearing as the September birthstone.
Lapis has been used through antiquity. Over 5,000 years ago it was highly prized by the Indus Valley Civilisation, a Bronze Age civilisation in the north-western region of South Asia. It has been an integral part of life in many regions, from burial rights in Neolithic times, daily practices in Egypt, through to decorative uses in modern times. The beauty of Lapis captured our hearts a long time ago, and still does to this day.
References to Sapphire in ancient middle eastern text were most likely referring to Lapis Lazuli. The Sapphire gem of modern times was unknown to these cultures until its introduction by the Romans.
Lapis is another stone that has strong ties to wisdom and royalty. Hence its use in many of the trappings worn by members of royalty, both in antiquity and today. It believed to impart great wisdom in governing and loyalty from followers.
It is also associated with strength, courage and protection. A good reason why Lapis Lazuli is be found on the mask of Tutankhamen.
For the body, it offers protection to areas around the brow. This helps with eyesight and even headaches that stem from sight related issues. There is even some belief that it helps with skin conditions in this area.