Sapphire in September

A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.

     September’s birthstone is Sapphire.  Sapphires come in all colors except red.  Not that red stones don’t exist, they are just called a different name and, yes, you are right, they are called Rubies.  The Sapphire is just one of the four precious gemstones, the others being Diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds.

     Natural Sapphires are mined from loose soil or sediments from primary underground workings. Countries such as Thailand, India, Pakistan and China are known to mine for these stones. Auguste Verneuil then developed the process for producing synthetic sapphire crystals.  The natural Sapphire is said to value at $145,000 per carat.

Michael Scott

     A few years ago I visited a museum and was fortunate enough to come upon an exhibit of precious gems that I’ve only seen in books.  It was the collection of Michael Scott, a former CEO of Apple.  He started accumulating the gems after leaving the company and, one stone at a time, has finally acquired a collection enough to rival those of the royal family.   The museum I went to displayed both the raw stones and the polished ones, showcasing them in different sizes, and sure enough, they all left me breathless.  I couldn’t describe the awe I felt looking at them in their glass cages.  I swear, even my heart beat a little bit faster gazing at their beauty.  I understood then why people risk even their very lives to have these precious gems in their possession.

Far above than physical beauty the Bible says that “an excellent wife is worth far above jewels.”   It also adds that “charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

     Yes, those gemstones are beautiful, worth more than what we could really afford even on a good day but we have to remember that the hands that formed them were the very same hands that formed us as well.  Sapphires are valued at hundreds and thousands of dollars, and since we are worth far more than they do, we should value ourselves and other people more than those supposed precious stones that we dream of having.

“Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.”


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