The Royal Sapphire, the King of All Blue Stones

Explore the properties and use of sapphire stone

Duchess of Cambridge wearing sapphire ring
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The mysterious deep blue sapphire has been fascinating and inspiring humanity for as long as there are records of its existence. Infused with the power of integrity, strength, and wisdom, the sapphire has been used by people in power since ancient times.  

Is there something special to the meaning of sapphire? A meaning that sets it apart from all other blue color stones? The meaning of sapphire is in its energy and healing properties, so let's explore the energy of this beautiful gemstone.

In its healing uses, sapphire is sometimes compared to lapis lazuli, as both stones evoke the power of the deeply mysterious blue colour. Unlike lapis lazuli, though, the sapphire has the brilliance to illuminate one with its clarity of depth and brightness of presence.

Sapphire comes from the Greek sappheiros meaning blue colour.  Sapphire has the deepest blue of all mineral kingdom; is is also the strongest of all blue stones.

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT SAPPHIRE? Sapphire is one of the four precious gemstones, the other three being the diamond, the ruby and the emerald. Sapphire is second only to the diamond in its strength (it rates 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness).

The ruby and the sapphire are actually of the same family and are often found together (both sapphire and ruby are a variety of corundum).

Even though we commonly think of sapphires as a stone with a saturated, deep blue colour, sapphires also can be colorless, yellow, green, pink, orange, brown and even black colour.

WHERE DOES SAPPHIRE COME FROM? Most of the high-quality sapphires on the market today come from Australia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, China and USA.

WHAT IS THE SPECIFIC MEANING OF SAPPHIRE? Associated with deep spirituality and devotion, sapphire is considered to bring peace and contentment to one's soul, as well as trust in the fulfillment of his or her destiny.

Because it evokes the energy of loyalty, honesty, and devotion, the sapphire is often used in the design of engagement rings. Some of the most famous sapphire engagement rings belonged to the late Princess Diana, the actress Penelope Cruz and the supermodel Elizabeth Hurley. 

Here are some additional properties attributed to the brilliant sapphire gemstone. A sapphire is considered to:

  • Protect from negative energy 
  • Attract financial abundance
  • Promote mental clarity
  • Evoke the feelings of devotion
  • Strengthen integrity and intuition
  • Clear depression
  • Help eyesight
  • Bestow wisdom

That is quite a promising and powerful list, isn't it? As with any crystal or gemstone, the only way to prove it is to experience the energy yourself.  Yes, sapphires tend to be quite expensive, but sometimes you can find jewelry with raw, untreated sapphires at reasonable prices.

The beautiful sapphire represents the month of September and is the birthstone of the astrological signs of Taurus and Virgo. Sapphire is also the birthstone of the Chinese zodiac sign of Tiger and expresses the energy of 2 days of the week: Thursday and Saturday.

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