Royal Sapphire: King of All Blue Stones
The mysterious deep-blue royal sapphire has been a source of fascination and inspiration for humanity for at least as long as there are records of its existence. The word sapphire comes from the Greek word sappheiros meaning “blue color.” It is one of the four precious gemstones, along with diamond, ruby, and emerald. Technically, sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum, a form of aluminum oxide. Although it is typically blue, it can also be found in all colors except red. The color red represents a close cousin of Royal Sapphire, the ruby—another form of corundum.
Though, with its mesmerizing deep-blue hue, the royal sapphire occupies a unique role in the imagination of kings and emperors, fortune-hunters and fortune-tellers, romantic lovers, and new-age healers. Second, only to the diamond in its strength (it rates 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness), the sapphire’s indestructible nature is perhaps one of the reasons for its mystical importance.
A Symbol of Energy and Healing
While its rareness, color, and hardness are what makes sapphire so valuable as a gemstone, for alternative healers and others who study and collect crystals, the appeal of a sapphire lies in its energy and healing properties. Blue sapphire regards as a stone of mental focus and order, inner vision, and psychic awareness. In chakra theory, sapphire helps to open the third eye to receive wisdom and insight and the throat chakra, which allows you to communicate that vision to others.
In its healing uses, sapphire sometimes compares to lapis lazuli, as both stones evoke the power of the deeply mysterious blue color. The fact that the mineral referred to in the Bible as sapphire was very likely lapis lazuli. Unlike lapis lazuli, though, the sapphire stone has a brilliance and clarity of depth that seems to extend its illumination down into the soul of anyone who studies it.
Associated with deep spirituality and devotion, sapphire brings peace and contentment to one’s soul. As well as trust in the fulfillment of his or her destiny.
For new-age enthusiasts and alternative healers, here are some additional properties attributed to the sapphire:
- 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
Other Uses for Sapphire
Because it evokes the energy of loyalty, honesty, and devotion, the sapphire often uses in the design of engagement rings. Also, designed in romantic jewelry. Some of the most famous sapphire engagement rings belonged to famous people. For instance, late Princess Diana, the actress Penelope Cruz, and supermodel/actress Elizabeth Hurley. Movie star Joan Crawford owned several huge sapphires of 70 carats or larger. Elizabeth Taylor was given a large sapphire ring by one of her husbands. Besides, according to legend, Helen of Troy owned a magnificent star sapphire. And Napolean gave a seven-piece jewelry set featuring 29 sapphires to his wife, Josephine.
The beautiful sapphire represents the month of September. It is the birthstone of the astrological signs of both Taurus and Virgo. Sapphire is also the birthstone of the Chinese zodiac sign of Tiger. Also, it represents the energy of two days of the week. The day is Thursday and Saturday.
For the gem trade, most of the high-quality sapphires available on the market today come from Australia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, China, and the U.S. Sapphires tend to be quite expensive in cut and polished gemstone form. However, jewelry using raw, untreated sapphires may be available at reasonable prices. Perfect for enjoying the energetic, healing properties of this magnificent crystal.P