Indian name – Neelam
The word “Sapphire” has been derived from the Greek word sapphirus meaning blue.
PropertiesSG – 4.00, RI – 1.76 – 1.77, Hardness – 9
With a glass like lustre, and only second to diamond in hardness, Sapphire is one of the most beautiful and valuable gemstones known to the mankind. Most commonly used sapphires are yellow and blue sapphire. Blue Sapphire is considered as a gem that represents wisdom and royalty, and is also known to be the best of all the gemstones. This auspicious and even often feared precious stone is found in a wide variety of hues and shades of blues.
Available colours – The most valuable is clear deep blue. It is also found in yellow, golden, and orange colours, as well as in a colourless variety known as white sapphire.
Formation – Blue sapphire is found in pegmatites or as water-worn pebbles in alluvial deposits.
Sources – Sapphires mined from Thailand, Australia and Nigeria are dark blue. Montana (U.S.A) produces Sapphires in an attractive metallic blue hue. Other producers of Sapphires include Cambodia, Brazil, Kenya, Malawi and Columbia.
During the ancient and medieval times, the blue Sapphire was seen as signifying hope and faith, and was believed to bestow protection, good fortune and spiritual insight onto the possessor or wearer. It was a stone of power and strength, but it also signified kindness and wise judgement.
It is believed as per a Greek lore that the Sapphire was worn for wisdom, while the Buddhists believed it would bestow devotion and spiritual enlightenment. The Hindus considered it as one of the “greatest gems”; they used it in offerings in temples as well as to balance astrological influences. In Christianity it was used in ecclesiastical rings, and was coveted by kings for its powers of protection.
Zodiac – Capricorn
Planet – Saturn
Day – Saturday
Advantages – On wearing the Blue Sapphire, one may enjoy the following benefits:
Gain wisdom, integrity, discipline, spiritual achievement trough humility, patience, dedication and non-attachment.
Get leadership qualities.
A long life.
Prevention from diseases like paralysis, asthma, rheumatisms, teeth problems and bones problems.
If you are sure that a Blue Sapphire suits you, and is your birth stone, you may get it from an authentic and reliable source (as the market is flooded with cheap imitations of these precious stones). Do get one that is of a good Grade, good clarity and a suitable weight (in carats). You can get a Blue Sapphire of your choice here.
As legend has it, when a Sapphire gemstone is worn as a talisman, it preserves chastity, detects fraud and treachery, protect its wearer from poison, plague, fever and skin diseases, and had great power in warding off the evil effects of black magic. It was also known to heal ailments of the eyes, enhance concentration, but it was also believed that it would turn useless, if it was worn by an intemperate or an impious person.
In the modern day, this breathtakingly beautiful gemstone is still worn to acquire wisdom, and is a sign that the wearer is a person of great learning, mental sharpness and psychic insight. Even seekers of spiritual truth prefer to wear it. Its pure blue rays brings order and healing to the mind, improving concentration, and are said to bestow the wearer with the ability to penetrate the superficiality and clearly see the truth beneath. The gemstone is instrumental in calming the mind, and releasing mental tension and unwanted thoughts. It encourages opening of the mind to beauty and intuition, bringing positivity and joy, as it restores balance within the body.
This gemstone is also believed to stimulate the throat and the third eye Chakras, giving great psychic insight and a fuller understanding of one's own self. The gemstone is associated with Saturn. The Sapphire’s power to transform negative thoughts into positive energy makes it highly effective for Chakra healing.
This lovely blue gemstone also signifies love, commitment and loyalty, and is popularly worn as an engagement ring. However, in the event of a separation or divorce, it is advisable to remove any Sapphire jewellery gifted by the spouse. These are stones of attachment and could unnecessarily prolong the connection or cause bitter feelings.
Lastly, because the Sapphire gemstone is so hard, next only to the diamond, it has myriad industrial applications, such as it is used in components in watches, scientific instruments, electronics, etc.
Fancy Facts – The best Indian Sapphire is cornflower blue in colour, and is found in Kashmir. Also, since the Middle Ages, Sapphire has been known to symbolise the tranquillity of the heavens, bestowing peace and amiability upon the wearer and suppress wicked, impure thoughts.
Enchanted by this mystical and beautiful beyond words gemstone? Remember, it is not supposed to be worn by everyone and anyone, as it is notoriously famous to backfire, if it doesn't go well with the planetary combinations of an individual's Natal Chart. Do Speak to An Astrologer to get your Kundali thoroughly checked, before you wear this gemstone. You may also get a personalised online report like Remedial Solutions in Personal Life Report to find if a Blue Sapphire is meant for you.