The name ‘sapphire’ is derived from the Latin word ‘sapphires’, which means – blue. Some also believe that the name of this beautiful gemstone is derived from its association with the planet Saturn.
Sapphires have been a prized and treasured gem since 800 BC. The rulers of ancient Persia thought the sky was painted blue by the reflections of Sapphire stones. Kings wore sapphires around their necks as a powerful defense from harm and a charm for divine favour. The Museum of Natural History in New York is a home to the ‘Star of India’ – the biggest Sapphire in the world, weighing 563 carats.
Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum. Whilst typically associated with the color blue, Sapphires can also naturally occur in a wide variety of colours, such as yellow, purple, orange and green.
In medieval times Sapphires were believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.
This stone is thought to stimulate the Throat and Brow Chakras (Third Eye), restoring balance in the body and releasing inner vision. Sapphire is great for calming and focusing the mind and opening it to the beauty and intuition.
It is believed to soothe headaches and fevers and help cure insomnia. Sapphire also improves ailments of the eyes, ears and speech.