September is that strange time in between the seasons, where some late summer sunshine can create intensely blue skies at the start of what's supposed to be the mellow fruitfulness of autumn. Little wonder, then, that the stone that is associated with those born during these halcyon days is the beautiful blue sapphire. Its vibrancy seems to connect with us on a very personal level - when asked, half of us will say that blue is our favourite colour. Sapphires are the 'gemstone of the soul' and the birthstone for those born under the sign of Virgo. Believed to promote peace and tranquillity, it is one of the most desirable of precious gemstones and has been used for centuries in some of our most iconic jewellery, including the Crown Jewels.

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