Sapphire Stone Meaning, Properties and History

Learn Why This Royal Blue Gem Is a Symbol of Integrity and Wisdom

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When most people hear the word sapphire, they think of a blue stone. While the sapphire does come in blue, it can also be found in many colors, including green, white, black, purple, pink, and yellow. You won’t find a red sapphire, though—sapphire is actually a type of stone called a corundum, and a red corundum is known as a ruby. The value of a sapphire has a lot to do with its color, with deep, vivid royal blue sapphires being among the most valuable. Learn about the sapphire's meaning and why this royal blue gem is a symbol of integrity and wisdom.

What Is Sapphire?

Sapphire is a gemstone associated with royalty. It is believed to attract abundance, blessings, and gifts. It has been used to protect against negative energies, as well as calm the mind, strengthen intuition, and invite spiritual clarity.

Properties of Sapphire

  • Color: Blue 
  • Chakra: All, especially third eye
  • Number: Vibrates to 6
  • Planet: Moon, Saturn
  • Zodiac: Libra, Gemini, Tiger
  • Bagua areas: Gen (Knowledge)
  • Elements: Wood
  • Origin: Myanmar, Czech Republic, Brazil, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Thailand, Canada, Madagascar
Blue sapphire on a white background

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Meaning and Uses of Sapphire

Sapphire has a connection to romance and is often used in engagement rings. Blue sapphire in particular has a connection to the throat chakra, and can be used to enhance self-expression. Royal blue sapphire also activates the third eye chakra, and it can help you become more aware of your own responsibility for your thoughts and feelings. It is said to enhance your integrity and wisdom. In feng shui, dark blue is connected to knowledge and self-cultivation.

Fun Fact

One of the most famous sapphire engagement rings belonged to the late Princess Diana and is now worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Princess Diana's eldest son, Prince William.

Duchess of Cambridge wearing sapphire ring
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Uses in Feng Shui

One way to work with sapphire and feng shui is to place it in a particular area of the feng shui bagua map. The bagua is a tool used by feng shui practitioners that allows us to see connections between your physical space and your life. It’s an energetic map that is overlaid over a home, with different areas corresponding to different aspects of life. 

Activate Gen, the Knowledge Corner

Gen is the area of the feng shui bagua map associated with knowledge and self-cultivation. It’s also connected to skillfulness and spiritual development, and it’s represented by the color dark blue. To find this area of your home, you can stand in the front door looking into the home. Your nearest left corner is the Knowledge area. Try placing a piece of royal blue sapphire in the Knowledge area of your home if you’d like to increase your depth of knowledge, learn new skills, or deepen your spiritual practice. 

Activate Xun, the Wealth Corner

Blue sapphire has a strong connection to wealth and abundance. The wealth corner of your home, called Xun in Chinese, is connected to abundance and prosperity. If you stand in your front door and look into the home, the far left corner is your wealth area. Placing royal blue sapphire here can support your intention of welcoming more wealth and blessings into your life.

Activate New Beginnings

The color blue is connected to the wood element and new beginnings in feng shui. This is a great color to work with if you want to start a new project, or if you’re looking for support in making a change in your life. Placing a blue stone, like sapphire, anywhere in your home can help support this intention.

Activate Your Meditation Space

Because of blue sapphire’s connection to wisdom and calming the mind, you may want to add it to your meditation space. If you don’t yet have a dedicated meditation space, this is also a great opportunity to create one! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It can be a whole room if you have that luxury, or it can simply be a corner of your living room or the edge of your bed. Find some way to differentiate your meditation space from the rest of your home if you can. One easy way to do this is by adding a pillow, blanket, or cushion to sit on during meditation. You can also create an altar here with a few items that are meaningful to you, including a blue sapphire stone if that resonates with you. 

Wear Sapphire Jewelry

Feng shui is not just about your home: You can also work with the feng shui of your body. This can shift your personal feng shui energy. Wearing a particular stone on your body is a great way to work with its energy. Given blue sapphire’s connection to the throat chakra, you may want to wear a blue sapphire necklace if you’d like to work on expressing yourself. Sapphire has also been worn for protection from evil and harm, so you may want to wear sapphire jewelry as a protective amulet. Almost as durable as a diamond, sapphire is a long-lasting choice for jewelry, another reason why it’s popular for rings.