September's Gemstone - Sapphire or Chalcedony

Chalcedony BeadsSapphire: September's gemstone

Sapphire is chemically and structurally the same as ruby.  However, where rubies are only red, sapphires come in every colour but red: blue, golden-yellow, reddish-orange, or violet.  The most valuable sapphires are vivid royal blue. Some sapphires can change their colour between blue and violet depending on the light.


Sapphires are extremely durable, only diamonds are harder - and are generally cut into cushions, rounded rectangle or oval shapes. However, fancy sapphires may be triangles, squares, marquises, pear shapes, cabochon cut, or smooth domes.     


Dark blue and lilac sapphire
Is said to enhance creativity by reducing distraction. It’s also good for relationships, because it tends to create loyalty and deep bonding between people.

Light blue sapphire
Is the inspiration stone. Bringing fresh thoughts and making you feel excited and full.

Green sapphire
Brings a lucky sense to life, for it allows things to run smoothly.  

Works on a totally different level by not allowing you to deceive yourself. It makes you look at things in their basic form, without distortion to conform to what you want it to be.  Orange sapphire is said to bring true knowledge - making it a good stone for students, teachers and writers.

Pink sapphire
Allows one to surrender to another for the good of the all.

White sapphire
Helps you take care of yourself.

Yellow sapphire
Connects you to your inner knowledge. It also helps you understand what you don’t know, so you can look for an answer.


Blue chalcedony can look similar to sapphire at a fraction of the cost.  This fine-grained variety of quartz has a waxy lustre with a compact structure. Natural chalcedony is usually greyish-blue and sometimes with hints of pink, however it can be colour-enhanced to light-blue.

It’s said that chalcedony was used as a sacred stone by the Native Americas, promoting stability within the ceremonial activities of the tribe. Chalcedony is thought to bring emotional balance, vitality, stamina, endurance, kindness, and friendliness. It also supposedly reduces hostility, irritability and melancholy.

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