A sapphire means blue in Greek. The blue goes from dark blue almost black to pale blue. The finest blue sapphires are a strong blue. The star sapphire is very valued. Sapphires of colors other than blue are always referred to with the color.
The magnificent and holy Sapphire, in all its celestial hues, is a stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. It is forever associated with sacred things and considered the gem of gems, a jewel steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion. To the ancient and medieval world, Sapphire of heavenly blue signified the height of celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment..
There are pink sapphires, yellow sapphires, violet sapphires, green sapphires and clear sapphires. Today most sapphires are mined in Australia.
Sapphire is a variety of Corundum, an aluminum oxide mineral that forms in prismatic tabular, bipyramidal or rhombohedral crystals, as well as granular or massive habits, and may be transparent to opaque. Blue is considered Sapphire’s “true” color and the one most often recognized, though Sapphire does form in a diversity of colors (listed below), and will have the color added to its name (for example: Green Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire). Additional mineral compounds forming with aluminum oxide are responsible for the different coloration, and in the case of Blue Sapphire, iron and titanium provide its heavenly hues. With the exception of Red Corundum, which is Ruby, all other colors of Corundum are Sapphires.
Blue Sapphire ranges in hue from pale to deep azure or dark royal blue, to indigo, with the most highly desired color being the velvety cornflower blue, also called Kashmir or bleu de roi. The name Sapphire is derived from the Latin sapphirus, Greek sappheiros, and Sanskrit sanipryam, meaning “blue stone.”
It is said a necklace of sapphires will cure a sore throat.
The sapphire was called the “Stone of Destiny”. Sapphires contribute to mental clarity and perception. They can promote financial rewards.
Sapphires are often marked as stones of destiny. They bring mental clarity, and clear perception. It has been argued that they also bring financial independence and even abundance in this area. On the other hand, sapphire is a symbol of the joyful devotion to God. From the point of view of metaphysical science and practice, we should divide the blue sapphires into two categories. The light blue sapphires are those that can be successfully used to balance the fifth chakra Vishuddha. The dark blue sapphires open the sixth chakra Ajna. So if you plan to use them for meditation, mark this distinction.
Sapphire gemstones symbolize truth, faithfulness and honesty. They increase the ability to communicate, release depressive moods and bring calmness, mental clarity, clear vision and peace. In the crystal healing therapy they reduce the throat related problems, calm fever, nose bleeding, help with tuberculosis, and heal burns. Sapphires are also known to regulate the functioning of the endocrine glands, and help with cardiovascular and blood related diseases. Known as the “wisdom stone”, each colour of Sapphire brings its own particular wisdom. It releases mental tension, depression, unwanted thoughts and spiritual confusion. Sapphire restores balance within the body, aligning the physical, mental and spiritual planes, bringing serenity and peace of mind. It stimulates concentration, brings lightness, joy and peace of mind. Sapphire is also known as a “stone of prosperity”, attracting gifts of all kinds and fulfilling dreams and desires.
Sapphire treats blood disorders, combating excessive bleeding and strengthening the walls of the veins. It is used for cellular disorders, regulates the glands and calms overactive body systems.
Sapphire is associated with Aquarius, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn. It is the birthstone of September and has been the birthstone of April. Sapphire is the symbol of Saturn (dark blue) and Venus (light blue).
Chakras – Throat Chakra
Zodiac – Gemini
It is of a blue color and is associated with Saturn. It is an expensive gem and gives tremendous benefits to the wearers. But it must be worn carefully and under the guidance of a good gem therapist/astrologer/numerologist. It is a recommended stone for persons of birth numbers 4 or 8. It can be worn with a great advantage by heart patients. It also protects the wearers against risks of accidents and against the dangers of fire, storm and natural calamities. It protects the wearers from unexpected happenings and natural calamities and ensures greater financial stability. It can cause sudden upturn in business and change the life pattern of the wearers for good. When it suits the wearer, it can give him rapid and immense financial gains, immense wealth and riches and removes all hassles and irritants, mental agonies and miseries and frustration in life. Its use is also recommended for those who are addicted to alcohol and ruining their health etc.
Blue Sapphire is effective for channeling healing powers from an angelic or higher source into the healer, and is popular with Reiki healers. Sapphire also amplifies healing through the voice.
Blue Sapphire is a stone of love, commitment and fidelity, and has become popular in betrothal rings. Matching Sapphire tumblestones make a good gift for couples moving in together or marrying. In the event of a separation or divorce, it is advisable to remove any Sapphire jewelry gifted by the other person. Sapphires are stones of attachment and could prolong the connection or cause bitter feelings.
Blue Sapphire assists those who are easily swayed by the opinions of others. It promotes a fuller understanding of the self, and assists one in becoming more secure in their own opinions and knowledge, and in expressing those truths to others.
Chakras – Solar Plexus Chakra
Zodiac – Leo Planet – Jupiter
Yellow Sapphire attracts wealth and brings prosperity to the home. It stimulates the intellect and improves overall focus, enhancing wisdom. Yellow Sapphire assists in bringing fulfillment of ambition. It aids in eliminating impurities from the body and stimulating the lymphatic system. Treats liver and gallbladder problems as well as disorders of the spleen and stomach.
Chakras – Base Chakra
Zodiac – Sagittarius
The Black Sapphire provides centreing, protection and grounding. It helps you to achieve confidence in your own intuition.
Chakras – Heart Chakra
Pink Sapphire clears emotional blockages bringing peace and unconditional love.
Chakras – Crown Chakra
Zodiac – Libra
White Sapphire is extremely protective, removing all obstacles and helpfully encouraging the pursuit of one’s life purpose. It provides focus and supports morality and justice.
Chakras – Third Eye Chakra
Zodiac – Sagittarius
The Indigo Sapphire enhances psychic awareness. It eliminates negative energies from the aura.
Chakras – Heart Chakra
Zodiac – Gemini, Libra
Green Sapphire is known as the “stone of fidelity”, stimulating the heart chakra and bringing loyalty and integrity. It improves internal and external vision and helps you to remember dreams.
Star Sapphires are created when Corundum is intergrown with fibrous inclusions of Rutile, “silk,” that reflects light in stones cut en cabochon as a six-rayed, sometimes twelve-rayed star that appears to glide across the face of the gem as it is moved. This effect is called asterism and increases the rarity and value of the stone. The most famous Star Sapphire is the Star of India found around 300 years ago and is housed in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. It is blue and flawless, the size of a golf ball with stars on both sides, and is a stone of great religious significance.
Star Sapphire has the same metaphysical properties as the color of Sapphire it appears in, with an enhanced energy and intensification of those properties. The star itself represents the manifestation of Divine knowledge and Light into denser reality, and reminds us that the outer manifestations we treasure are a reflection of the Light of our own essence. The three lines that cross in the six-rayed star represent faith, hope and destiny, sometimes associated with three angels who offer protection to those who wear Star Sapphire. The moving star brings ongoing safety to travelers and guides their way home.
Star Sapphires of any hue are excellent healing crystals for those with an inferiority complex, are afraid of socializing or speaking out, or who have been told they were useless. They also lend support in following a childhood dream or ambition that seems almost impossible.
Sapphire is exceptional for calming and focusing the mind, allowing the release of mental tension and unwanted thoughts. It encourages opening the mind to beauty and intuition, bringing lightness and joy as it restores balance within the body.
Sapphires are a symbol of integrity and are highly effective for the speedy and positive resolution of legal matters and issues concerning justice. Since Blue Sapphire was traditionally worn when treaties were signed, wear or carry even a small piece of it when signing contracts or payment negotiations, for yourself or on another’s behalf.
Sapphire frees us from our “inner prisons” and psychic suffering that can cause us to shut down emotionally. It can be an effective aid in treatments for neuroses or even psychosis. Sapphire releases depression and lightens the mood. It brings calm and focus to the mind, and restores balance within the body.
Birthstone: Sapphire is the traditional birthstone of September. Historically, it was the birthstone of April.
Sapphire Natural Birthstone: Sapphire which is blue in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born as the world awaits the vernal equinox and spring (February 19 – March 19). This is a time when new life is about to burst forth, a time of faith and trust. Blue crystals bring you patience and respect. Sapphire which is indigo in color is one of the natural birthstones of those born in midwinter (January 20 – February 18). Indigo crystals are rare and valuable. They bring you wisdom, truth, dignity, and spiritual mastery.
Sapphire – Zodiac Stone of Taurus: Sapphire is a zodiac stone for those born in the heart of spring under the sign of Taurus, from April 20 – May 20. Taurus is depicted as a bull because of its characteristics of being strong but quiet, and is ruled by the planet Venus that also rules Libra. Taureans are known for being “down to Earth,” the doers and the realists. They are affectionate, known for their tempers and very stubborn.