Place: India, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, Africa
Colour variations: Blue (all grades), Yellow, Pink, Orange, Purple
Hardness: 9 (corundum group)
Birthstone of: Taurus, Virgo, Libra
Brief history and geological characteristics: For thousands of years, Sapphire has ben considered the stone of kings. Its precious characteristics and qualities make this stone one of the most precious pieces of nature on Earth. Sapphire is the mineral called corundum. Even though the name Sapphire is mostly associated with blue coloured stones, there are many more colour variations. The only exception is Ruby – the red coloured corundum. Sapphire is the second hardest gemstone on the Earth – after Diamond. Sapphire is a stone of wisdom and royalty, prophecy and Divine favour. It has been associated with sacred things and considered the “Gem of Gems”. In the Jewish tradition, it is believed that both King Solomon and Abraham wore talismans of Sapphire. And the Law given to Moses at Mount Sinai was supposedly engraved on tablets of Sapphire.
Spiritual and healing energy: Sapphire’s popular blue colour is often associated with feelings of sympathy and harmony, friendship, loyalty and deep love – feelings whose quality prove in the long term. That is why women in so many countries prefer Sapphire for engagement rings. On the spiritual level, Sapphire is considered to be a gemstone associated with wisdom, learning, mental and psychic activation and seeking after spiritual truth. Its pure blue ray brings order and healing to the mind. Sapphire also provides with strength and focus. It stimulates the throat and third eye chakras, allowing us to access deeper levels of consciousness in order to gain a fuller understanding of ourselves. Blue Sapphire embraces order, structure, and self-discipline, and is ideal for accomplishing goals and transforming ideas into concrete form.