Originated from Greek word “sappheiros”, it is a blue stone, one of the varieties of the mineral corundum, precious stone of different hues. One of the four major precious stones, rock and soul of autumn, it is an indicator of female constancy. Also, a symbol of virginity, love of truth and goodness, purity of conscience and remorse. In addition to the usual blue color, Sapphire can be orange, yellow, green and pink (called “Fancy sapphire”) and colorless (“leuco-sapphire”). Highly prized as “star” varieties of sapphire with a vivid effect of asterism (star-shaped appearance of the figure in light of the crystal).
Great Russian writer Kuprin once said: “Some of them are similar to the color of cornflowers in wheat, the others to the autumn sky, some to sea in clear weather.”
More transparent than the glass, harder than the metal,
The greatest miracle of beauty,
that gives joy and peace –
SAPPHIRE – our mineral is called
Rubin’s brother, but not in the color,
More blue than the sky above the mountains,
More blue than the ice of the Arctic latitudes
Like Ruby, at the price it costs.
In nature, the blue stones are rare.
They shine like a field cornflower,
In the open spaces of generous Russian side,
So this gem pristine and pure,
As the passion that has gone out, quench your thirst.
It grew up in the arms of complete silence.”
Knapweed flower, blooms Sapphire,
Fairy Tale of Fairies, peacock eye,
Laughter blue, clear, navy,
Memorable, lovely world …
You, Sapphire, the flower! Flowers!
Let me find the old time! ”
HEALING PROPERTIES of Sapphires
Sapphire has long been endowed with numerous mystical and magical powers, especially stones with 3 or 6 overlapping beams. Three intersecting beams are associated with the great powers – Faith, Hope, Love.
The jewel with Sapphire gives its wearer wisdom, power, sense of justice. It also makes beneficial and soothing effect on the temperament of its master, thus helping to find self-confidence and overcome weaknesses such as laziness, fear and passivity.
In both India and China blue sapphire symbolized something cosmic, the human soul, aspiring to eternity after death. In the east, it was believed that the vessel made of sapphire, can elevate even a very good drink, poured into it, because the stone is petrified drink of immortality, previously available only for the gods.
According to belief, sapphire protects from evil intentions, drives away enemies, guarantees victory and success in all endeavors.
Not accidentally, according to the Bible, the heavenly throne is made of sapphire. The ancient Persians believed that the blue of the sky comes from a giant sapphire, on which the earth rests. Sapphire is also a symbol of strong belief and protects its wearer from treason. Buddhists believe that this stone can open locked doors and habitation for the human spirit. But those who wear Sapphire should lead to this holy life.
According to historical sources, some rulers of the past wore rings with sapphires. It is known that Alexander of Macedon, as well as Mary Stuart used Sapphire jewelry. In the Middle Ages, sapphires were called “bishop’s stone” because, according to popular belief, it was the symbol of the highest spiritual values of man.
A stone of fidelity, chastity and modesty, it brings divine grace, happiness and peace. In astrology, sapphire embodies September as a symbol of clarity of thought, and the sign of Taurus, symbolizing the divine grace, happiness and peace.
Precious stones have always been highly prized as symbols of the supernatural or recreational properties. Sapphire was considered the most “spiritual” of all the stones and its blue color signified the heavenly bliss.
In the East it is associated with such fine human qualities as friendship, humility and selflessness. In some traditions a ring with a sapphire helped to distinguish truth from falsehood.
Sapphire is a talisman of wisdom, it wakes thirst for knowledge. In addition, sapphire is the stone of family happiness, reliability and fidelity.
Naturally, all this applies only to sapphires of perfect purity, free from cracks and muddy areas. Stones with defects can bring trouble and sorrow.
On trust the world stands,
Betrayal ends with peace.
The blue sapphire ring you wear
Honor all of your secrets galore.
It doesn’t care about my suffering.
Precious ally fraud
it shines in the rays of gold,
Without some kind of imperfection.
But up close, at the core of it
Look closely! Wormholes cracks.
Perhaps because the hardest thing
Finding them in the hearts of our women.
Sapphire is your heart, but yet I
And it is not without sin, so if –
The crack reflects lies
And my brokenheart pain. ”
In ancient Rome, as elsewhere, the sapphire was considered a stone of purity, Stone Virgin Vestal. In medieval culture, women leading a frivolous life, were strictly prohibited to wear sapphires and turquoise.
Beware of the yellow light and red lights
If you love the sacred Sapphire!
Through the radiance of a blissfully azure stones
Deity is emitted in the world.
Oh, I had a blue soul –
Clear stone Sapphire safirot!
And find out about it, that it is good
And they came to the grotto commanded.
In the early days they had given up my soul
Golden sun-rays, the young –
And the whole day in the emerald green paradise
I was looking for an unknown temple!
They threw in the evening my soul
Evil flame red fire .-
And all night in sorrowful purple edge
I buried the dead, the gods!
In Emerald, Amethyst dead in the days and nights
Chained azure world …
Fear of yellow light and red lights
If you love the sacred Sapphire! ”
(Hope Taffy. “Sapphire”)
This stone was attributed the ability to protect its owner from harassment, imprisonment and death. To the sapphire were indifferent the sailors, who believed that it, like aquamarine, can help get rid of any trouble in the ocean.
Sapphire served well to spies, because, after a magical ritual, it gives its owner not only acute hearing, but also the ability to read minds.
In Egypt people believed that the sapphire gives the opportunity to understand the language of plants and animals.