Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Considered by many as the gem of gems, Sapphire is a stone of wisdom, royalty, prophecy, and Divine favor.
A symbol of power, kindness, and good judgment, Sapphire is composed from the mineral corundum (the same as Ruby). It’s trace amounts of iron and titanium that make the corundum blue, ranging from very pale to very dark, from a green to a violet shade.
The name Sapphire comes from the Latin sapphirus, the Greek sappheiros, and Sanskrit sanipryam for “blue stone.”
A 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness (just shy of Diamond’s 10 ranking), Sapphire is found in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, and the U.S. (Montana), among other places. It’s the traditional birthstone for September (me!!) and the anniversary stone for 45 and 65 years.
Sapphires come in many colors — orange, yellow, pink, violet, green, gray, and black — but here we’ll be talking about the blue variety.
It’s believed that Sapphire brings joy and prosperity, preserves chastity, and promotes good health. Ancient peoples used it as an antidote for poison, protection against sorcery, and to increase awareness of angels. Sapphires are said to heal ailments of the eye and nervous system and to promote inner peace and concentration.
Prized as gemstones since 800 B.C., Sapphires were worn as talismans and considered a holy stone by both the Catholic Church and Ancient Persians, who believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of Sapphires. Said to be a stone of the Apocalypse, Sapphires were worn by the Greeks for wisdom at Delphi, used by Buddhists to bring enlightenment, and made into Christian ecclesiastical rings. It is said the Law was given to Moses engraved on Sapphire tablets.
Sapphires are used in all forms of jewelry, including rings, earrings, bracelets, and pendants. They’re a popular choice for engagement rings (remember the one Prince Charles gave Lady Diana?); however, if there’s a breakup, it’s best to remove it as Sapphire is a stone of attachment and could prolong the connection.
For outstanding clarity and perfect color at a lower price, consider lab-created or synthetic sapphires since natural gemstones are a finite resource that will only decrease in number and increase in cost.
Besides its use as a valuable gemstone, Sapphire is used for solid state electronics, scientific instruments, watch crystals, and optical components.
Sapphire stimulates the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, improving communication and understanding of the messages received.
Feng Shui experts say Blue Sapphire uses water energy (quiet strength and purification), associated with the North area of a home or room and should be used in any room where you reflect, repose, or pray.
Sapphire is strong but can crack if misused. Clean your Sapphire with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Store it away from other pieces in your collection to prevent marring.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!