Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Seeings as this is my favorite stone, I thought I would do a little research and see where I might go hunting for this precious find and share it with you.

If you are a West Coaster it seems that one great place that one can go to try their hand at digging is in the big sky country - Helena, Montana right on the banks of Hauser Lake as the Missouri River flows. The place to check out is Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine. They are open year around (but I'm thinking digging through the ice in the cold would not be my first choice). Check out the rates, supplies needed and the whatevers at

If you are an East Coaster Franklin, North Carolina is a good place to go. Check out The Sheffield Mine, they say that you can pretty much be assured that you'll go home with a stone of some size. You may find a sapphire or maybe even a ruby. Sapphires and rubies are both variations of corundum and this is what is found digging in their dirt. They are open April 1st through October 31st. For more info check them out at

Of course there are other mining areas one can choose from - like if you'd like to take a trip to Australia, but these are two that I think are worth checking out. Happy digging to all!

Check out my jewelry pieces associated with this months birthstone.


In Latin, septem means "seven" and septimus means "seventh"; September was in fact the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BC, when the first month changed from Kalendas Martius (1 March) to Kalendas Januarius (1 January). [1] In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological autumn is 1 September[2].

September marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year in the Eastern Orthodox Church.[citation needed] September begins on the same day of the week as December every year, because there are 91 days separating September and December, which is a multiple of seven (the amount of days in the week).
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September)


Sapphire - [saf-ahyr]
Origin: [Middle English saphir, from Old French safir, from Latin sapphīrus, from Greek sappheiros, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew sappîr, a precious stone.]

Traditionally this birthstone is associated with the month of September. It’s the anniversary gemstone for the 5th and 45th year of marriage. Even though this is not my birthstone it is my favorite.

The Sapphire is a member of the corundum family and gets its name from the Latin sapphirus and the Greek sappheiros (blue). It gets its color from titanium and iron oxides. The depth of the color comes from the amount of oxides present.

Though not meant to replace traditional medical treatment, Sapphire is used for clear thinking. Kings used to wear sapphire around their necks as a powerful defense against harm. The stone preserved the wearer from envy and attracted divine favor.

Sapphire represents truth, sincerity and consistency. The stone was used by the Greeks to stimulate the opening of the third eye and to tap into the subconscious and super conscious. Clear sapphires, like diamonds, are the guardians of love. In the old days, it was used to banish envy and jealousy. It also promotes chastity in virgins and insures fidelity in marriage.

Check out my jewelry pieces associated with this months birthstone.
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