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September Birthstone: Sapphire

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

Modern, Ancient, Esoteric, and Folklore Beliefs:

The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word ““saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue.

The sapphire is a corundum, an aluminum oxide with a trigonal crystal structure, in the same family as the Ruby.

For centuries, the Sapphire has been referred to as the ultimate blue gemstone. Since Ancient times the sapphire has been seen as a symbol of the heavens, a guardian of innocence, a bestower of truth, a promoter of good health, and a preserver of chastity. It is believed to brings gifts of fulfillment, joy, prosperity, inner peace and beauty. Some wore it to ward off illness or as protection while traveling

Sapphire is found in many parts of the world, but the most prized Sapphires are from Myanmar(Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. Sapphires with highly saturated violet-blue color and transparency are rare. The purer the blue of the Sapphire, the greater the price.

Sapphires are not only blue, they come in almost every color of the rainbow: pink, yellow, orange, peach, and violet colors. One of the most sought-after colored Sapphire is the rare and beautiful Padparadscha: a pink-orange corundum with a distinctive salmon color. These very rare stones are among the most coveted gems in the world.

Rulers of ancient Persia believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of sapphire stones. Blue sapphires were a holy stone to the catholic church. Kings wore sapphires around their necks as a powerful defense from harm. It was also believed that they preserved the wearer from envy and attracted divine favor. The Cingalese (Ceylon natives) believed that the star sapphire served as protection and a guard against witchcraft. In the 1800’s the great Oriental traveler, Sir Richard Francis Burton, had a large star sapphire which he referred to as his ‘talisman’, for it always brought him good horses and prompt attention wherever he went. Just the mere sight of the stone was believed to bring luck and he showed it to people everywhere he went. King Solomon wore a sapphire ring. And in modern times, the sapphire grew so famous when Prince Charles gave a sapphire engagement ring to Lady Diana.

During the 11th and 12th centuries, sorcerers honored the sapphire more than any other stone as it enabled them to hear and understand the most obscure oracles. They believed that not only did the Sapphire help to get in touch with astral and psychic realms, but also they provided protection for those who took those journeys. One of the most important attribute of the Sapphire was said to be the protection against sorcery- it was thought to banish evil spirits and send negative spells back to the sender. Sapphires were once used to ward off poisonous creatures and kill snakes hiding nearby. They also provided advanced warning against hidden dangers. As a tool for self-improvement, sapphires are believed to be a wonderful way to keep your life in check. They are said to have a powerful and transformative gemstone energy that may work quickly and drastically. It’s believed that they can open your internal and spiritual self to the powers of the universe.

They are also thought to increase communication with, connection to, and awareness of spirit guides, or angels. They activate and manifest one’s life purpose and focus and karmic agreements for soul growth. Spiritually, the sapphire helps maintain inner peace and are good for one’s mental state. They calm nerves and promote mental clarity, helping with focus and concentration.

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