September: Sapphires

Ah, Sapphire.

Beloved by royalty for centuries, prized by the Etruscans, believed to keep kings safe from harm, lovely sapphire was worn to protect the wearer from dishonesty, poverty and stupidity.

It is a variety of corundum, an aluminum oxide with a hardness of 9. Found in a diversity of colors, it is the content of iron and titanium that determines its color.

Blue Sapphire is a stone of mental and psychic activation.  Helps one to see below the surface and to speak clearly with the voice of inner wisdom. Associated with the planet Saturn, the archetype of order, structure and discipline.  Ideal for organizing one’s ideas and bringing them to form. The intense blue ray is ideal for opening up the throat and third eye chakra. Your very own personal laser beam.

Yellow Sapphire has long been known as a stone of prosperity.  In India, merchants wear them to enhance their success, and people are often buried with the stone to ensure wealth in the next life. It is an excellent stone for business success. Allows one to put creative forces to use and follow through to completion.

Yellow Sapphire allows one to feel more joy and excitement in life. Helps to overcome procrastination as well. And balance the spleen.

Use Sapphire when the need arises to evoke clear thought in a negative situation. It will bring order and healing to the confused mind.

Great for stimulating the dream state.  If you need help deepening your meditation practice, put a sapphire next to you. It will even help you stick
to your back-to-school September cleanse.

When you need assistance with learning and retaining new information, Sapphire is the stone for you. It also works well with past-life therapy. Brings relief with headaches, eye problems and vertigo.

Are you easily swayed by the opinions of others? Fear not. Keep a sapphire or two on hand and feel secure in your convictions. Wisdom is yours for the asking.

Sapphires are mined in Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Kashmir. In April 2007, a record was set at Christie’s in New York, when a 22 karat blue Kashmir sapphire was sold for 3.6 million dollars. Their value is determined by limited supply as well as hardness of the mineral, second only to a diamond. A finely cut Sapphire, with clarity and color to match, can be very costly.

Happy September.

June: Pearls

Pearls, the luminescent June birthstone, treasure of the sea, has it’s earliest

mention in Chinese records dating back to 2206 BC. Members of royal
families have treasured these naturally formed gems since they were discovered
in the waters of Persia, Sri Lanka, the lakes and rivers of China as well as parts
of Europe. The spherical shape has led many cultures to associate them with
the moon.

Long attributed to having great powers, they have been incorporated into the
mythology of virtually every culture that has encountered them. Hindu texts say
that Krishna discovered the first pearl which he presented to his daughter on her
wedding day. Christianity adopted the pearl as a symbol of innocence and purity
and often given to adorn brides. Pearls are also said to symbolize tears of the
gods – and to aid fertility as well as ward off evil.

One surprising use of pearls is their use in the medicinal supplement world.
Those of inferior quality that don’t pass jewelry standards are ground into
a fine powder and sometimes used to prepare pharmaceutical calcium.

Chronic headaches and migraines may be alleviated by wearing a pearl necklace,
pearls can also help to reduce allergies and soothe stomach-aches.

With all the attributes as well as pretty varieties of this stone, there’s plenty to gain from the pearl. Happy June.