The heavenly blue Sapphire is one of the gems of the corundum family that has enjoyed a privileged position in all cultures. The term sapphire is derived from the Greek word ‘sappheiros’ which means ‘precious stone. ’ Sapphires, in general, are attributed with royalty, wisdom and sacredness. However, they appear in varying colors and each color has its own particular energy and strength.
Sapphires are commonly mined in Thailand, Kenya, China, Cambodia, Kashmir, Burma, Sri Lanka, Australia, United States, and Tanzania.
The customary birthstone of September is sapphire. It is also the natural birthstone of people born in spring and under the zodiac sign of Taurus. It is also the ideal stone for 5th and 45th year wedding anniversary.
Historical Importance and Myths
In historical times, the traditional blue sapphires were associated with spiritual strength. According to some Hebrew legends, the divine law given to Moses on the mountain was engraved in Sapphire tablets. Abraham and King Solomon were known to wear talismans engraved with these precious stones.
Buddhists and Hindus believed in its spiritual enlightenment and brought them in their temples to align their astronomical stars. Greeks used to wear it at Apollo’s shrine during the quest of answers from the Oracle. Christian royals and nobles used to wear Sapphire rings to protect themselves from negative powers.
Helen of Troy was in possession of a large star sapphire, which is believed to have brought her many worthy suitors. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan was an enthusiastic collector of gemstones. He commissioned the famous Peacock Throne that was constructed in over seven years and was adorned with dazzling blue sapphires along with pearls, emeralds, rubies and various other gemstones.
In the 15th century when the plague of small pox spread across Britain, Richard de Preston, the grocer of the city donated a famous sapphire to the Church of old St. Paul’s. It was alleged that rubbing it on the eyes of the infected would protect them from injuries.
History also shows that the royalty were extremely fond of this precious stone. Princess Anne and Princess Diana were both bestowed with sapphire engagement rings. Plus, British jewels are filled with blue sapphire crowns, rings and necklaces. Among all British royal jewels Prince Albert Sapphire brooch is widely popular. It was presented to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert on the day before their wedding. It is a flawless bright blue stone surrounded by 12 round diamonds.
Various Types of Sapphires And Their Meanings
Sapphires are found in all colors of the rainbow except red. Every color is unique and beautiful in its own way. Here is a list of these sapphires.
Violet sapphire, known as the stone of awakening, is associated with spiritual power, clairvoyance, inspiration and psychic development. The color violet refers to the crown chakra, which is capable of opening one’s spiritual eye and helps in establishing a strong connection between humans and God. It has proven to be very helpful for emotionally unstable people. The violet rays emitting from this stone are capable of balancing emotions and relieving the wearer from the negative feelings of fear and anxiety.
Vac, the Hindu goddess of the Spoken Word and Sophia, the goddess of wisdom are associated with violet sapphire. The former one is known for the art of communication and the latter is associated with the wisdom of understanding.
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Pink sapphire is associated with psychological resilience. It helps in stabilizing the emotions of its wearer and makes them comfortable with the concept of vulnerability. Being susceptible to the surrounding conditions enable you to feel more strongly, which ultimately make you capable of understanding the mysteries of the universe. This gemstone stimulates the emotions of forgiveness, acceptance and helps you in letting go.
Pink sapphire corresponds to the heart chakra, which regulates the connection with the external world and awakens feelings of love and compassion. It is also very helpful in strengthening the heart, increasing metabolism and balancing blood sugar levels in patients suffering from hyperglycemia, diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Pink sapphire is dedicated to the goddess of childbirth, Ixchel.
Green sapphire is connected with the qualities of loyalty, trust, productivity and integrity. Because of its calm and relaxing color it is also known as the stone of tranquility. The presence of green color is the result of large quantities of iron in the stone and this is why only small amounts of green sapphires are available in nature. This stone, like the previous one, is also associated with the heart chakra and makes the wearer compassionate.
Green sapphires are known to improve eyesight and are helpful in relieving pain. It is also known as the ‘growth crystal’ because the spiritual healing energy of this stone is acknowledged for bringing prosperity and can help you in achieving your dreams.
The Greek goddess of spring, Persephone, who represents celebrations of Earth, is attributed with green sapphire.
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This brightly colored stone is known to enhance intellect and bring financial prosperity. It is believed that placing its crystals in cash boxes will attract wealth. This precious stone triggers the Solar Plexus chakra, which is associated with relationships. Balanced Solar Plexus chakra guarantees happiness in relationships.
This stone is also capable of treating gall bladder, liver and digestive problems. It relieves the body from toxins and restores the balance in spleen. In Feng Shui this stone is associated with the fire energy and is known to bring light and happiness when placed in a home.
Orange sapphire, also known as Padparadscha sapphire, is a vibrant stone associated with true knowledge. It is believed that the wearer of this stone experiences heightened feelings of spirituality, creativity and sensuality. This is why it is considered the talisman of poets, artists and writers.
This stone activates the Sakral chakra, which is considered the epicenter of the sexual energy and creative energy. If a person wants to be dynamic, outgoing and joyful, they should wear this stone. It is also associated with fertility and this is why it is dedicated to the Mayan goddess of childbirth Ixchel.
This color is associated with clarity of mind and spiritual strength. It helps one in establishing connection with the higher entity. This colorless stone is comparatively less in demand than other colored sapphires and hence, less expensive. White sapphire is associated with the crown chakra, which stabilizes internal energy and enables the person to experience the mystic powers of the universe.
Its physical healing powers include stimulation of the pituitary and pineal glands. In Feng Shui white sapphires are considered as ‘energy dispersers.’ They acquire energy from the sun and disperse it in the room.
Black sapphire is known for inducing calmness in the wearer and deflects negative energies from others. It removes doubts and sorrows, and protects the intuitive abilities of a person. It can be used for protection against anger and bullying. Black sapphires are considered excellent pain relievers.
They can help in recovering from trauma and bruises. Moreover, this stone can treat blood problems, deep vein thromboses, and reduce blood clots. It activates the root chakra and balances emotions. Its energy can be best experienced in the first three days of the lunar month when the moon is not visible in the sky.
Black sapphire is dedicated to the Arabian goddess of destiny, time and death, Manat, and the goddess of wild animals and Roman Earth mother, Cybele.