Sapphire - Color, Facts, Power, Mythology, History and Myths

Sapphire Last updated : January 19, 2020 9:17 AM

The magnificent and holy Sapphire is a naturally occurring stone and is also known as a stone of wisdom. Sapphire is considered as a royal and prophetic stone, which is regarded as the gem of the gems.

Sapphire is one of the varieties of corundum, which is largely used in jewellery. The most precious shade of Sapphire is the cornflower blue, which is known as Cornflower Blue Sapphire or Kashmir Sapphire.

Sapphire Silver Jewelry contains one of the most popular gemstones, and its price may differ on the basis of its cut, carat, shape, color, and clarity. The finest colored Sapphire with deep and splendid blue shade having remarkable transparency may reach several thousand dollars per carat.

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Where is Sapphire found?

Commercial mining of Sapphire is done in many countries which include Afghanistan, Australia, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Thailand, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Laos, Pakistan, Tanzania, USA, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Vietnam.

Healing Properties

Sapphire offers benefits, like:

  • Physical Healing

Blue Sapphire is believed to heal all the parts of the body whether used as an elixir or externally. It is considered as a treatment of insomnia, and the elixir of Sapphire is regarded as a purifier which must be used when the season changes.

Blue Sapphire is curative for infections of the eyes, headaches, nose bleeds, fever, and issues of the ears, including infection, hearing, and vertigo. Moreover, Blue Sapphire also holds therapeutic values for diseases, like thyroid, speech and communication, swollen glands, nervous system, dementia, degenerative diseases, and blood disorders.

  • Heals and Balances Chakra

The powerful blue Rays of Sapphire are superlative for development and employment of the third eye and throat Chakras. Working in harmony, these chakras helps a person to be in connection with his inner vision, and also keep the focus and capability to communicate his vision to others in an efficient manner.

Blue Sapphire arouses the throat chakra, which is the voice of one’s body. If it is blocked, it will affect all the other chakras as well. The throat chakra is meant to make a balance of thoughts, ideas, and emotions in a human being so that he can express it with clarity in front of the world without any hesitation. Blue crystal energy of Sapphire unblocks and balances the Throat Chakra.

The darker blue shades of Sapphire also stimulate the third eye chakra, which is the centre of our awareness and command, and directs our viewpoint towards things.

  • Spiritual Healer

Sapphire is a stone of saintly power and good judgment, which fetches riches and affluence and helps in sustaining the gifts of existence. It has the propensity to focus, originate and emit its energy towards fulfilling desires and dreams of the wearer.  

Blue Sapphire is the element of wind, and a stone that activates the higher mind. It opens consciousness and communication with others and inspires one’s inner sense of knowing, telepathic perception, and psychic visions. Being a stone of wisdom, it increases the ability to learn and strengthens the mind to overcome negative situations.

Blue Sapphire is also considered an excellent stone for past-life therapies. It can also be used to augment hypnosis and reverie states.

  • Act as an Emotional Healer

Sapphire liberates the wearer from the emotional torments, and the inner shackles that bounds him to do certain things. It can be a useful aid in treatments of neuroses and psychosis. It releases depression and lightens the mood thereby bringing calmness and freshness in the body.

Blue Sapphire supports those who get influenced by the ideas and opinions of others very easily. It upholds a complete understanding of the identity that the wearer holds and assists him in feeling more secure in their judgments and knowledge.

Sapphire Facts

Some facts about Sapphire

  • Sapphire is derived from the Greek word "sapphires" which means "precious stone”.
  • The Sapphire is the birthstone of the month of September.
  • Sapphire was first manufactured unnaturally in 1902 and is difficult to differentiate it from natural Sapphires except by gemologists.
  • Sapphire was a lucky charm of kings and other aristocracies as a dominant protection from destruction, jealousy, greed and to draw celestial favour.
  • The prehistoric Persians used to believe that the Earth was balanced on a huge Sapphire stone that was replicated in the colors of the paradise.
  • The biggest Sapphire is called the “Millennium Sapphire”, which weighs 61,500 carats, and is discovered in Madagascar.

Types of Sapphires

Other than Blue, the holy Sapphire is found in a number of different colors and holds different properties. The other variants of Sapphire include:

  • Pink Sapphire- Pink Sapphire is the second most precious sapphire. The pure and vivacious pink color of this stone makes these gemstones extraordinary. However, it is a little difficult to understand that where the tint of pink is getting darker and transforming into Ruby.
  • Purple Sapphires- Purple Sapphires are often intense in their wine and purple color. Some of them are with the hint of grey or brown.
  • Green Sapphires- Green Sapphires come from Thailand and Australia. But, the presence of secondary colors, like black and grey reduces its value.
  • White Sapphires- White Sapphires are sold at very low prices. The process of heating changes, them to vibrant orange Sapphires, and the diffusion process changes them to beautiful blue Sapphires.
  • Yellow, Golden and Orange sapphires- These shades of Sapphires are relatively less known, and they undergo a lot of treatments for the enhancement of their texture and color.

Metaphysical Properties

Sapphire is a variant of Corundum, which is an aluminium oxide mineral. It is formed in prismatic bipyramidal, tabular, or rhombohedral crystals. Moreover, one can find Sapphire in massive or granular forms also which may vary from transparent to opaque.  Blue is considered to be the actual and true color of Sapphire and is one of the most sought-after stones. Sapphire is found in other colors as well, and there are a number of compounds forming with aluminium oxide which are responsible for this coloration. The presence of titanium and iron in Sapphire gives it that royal and striking blue color. Apart from the Red Corundum all the colors that one can find in Corundum are Sapphires, Red Corundum is Ruby.

Sapphire has the remarkable hardness of 9 on the Moh’s scale, which is the third highest after Diamond and Moissanite.

Sapphire at a Glance

Cleavage None
Other Names NA
Crystal Habit Massive and granular
Streak White
Refractive Index 1.762-1.77 
Diaphaneity Transparent to opaque
Moh's scale (hardness) 9
Sources Afghanistan, Australia, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Thailand, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Laos, Pakistan, Tanzania, USA, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Vietnam.
Chemical formula Al2O3
Lustre Vitreous
Color Blue, Strongly Greenish Blue, Violet Blue
Chakra Healing Throat chakra, Third eye chakra
Birthstone September
Zodiac Virgo

Sapphire Color

The most used and common color of Sapphire is blue, however, the shades of pink, green, orange, yellow, black, etc are also gradually becoming popular.

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Actually I know that sapphire cause the financial fortunes to achieve a high position but I want to know that if it is suitable for me or not?
Reply on 31/10/14
Hello Rabe… If you want to know that Sapphire is apt for you or not then for this we will require your birth date. Then only we will be able to reply you as the recommendation of the best charm depend on the birth date or Zodiac of the person. So, come again with any of these details and take away your suitable reply.
Reply on 3/11/14
I am Taurean and I was also suggested to wear Sapphire as I was searching for the best gemstone that meets my requirements and today I have gained all the things for which I was dreaming for. So, the one who wants to go with this gemstone may consult with his astrologer he will suggest an apt solution.
Reply on 10/11/14
Sapphire comes in various hues. I also want to enjoy the powers and properties of this talisman. Which shade should I prefer? Please suggest as I have found the features of this talisman quite similar to my needs.
Reply on 21/11/14
every shade has its own importance..and suits accordingly...gemstones are worn as per the birthstone or zodiac should seek an advice from your astrologer...
Reply on 31/3/15
my DOB is 30th Aug 1985 which gemstones I can wear?


Reply on 4/5/15
Hello Syed,

As per the astrological calculation, our experts advise you to tune Pearl or Emerald gemstones that go apt according to your birth date. To know about these charms click on respective links below.
Reply on 4/5/15
Hayden zeno
Holla! i am very stressed up with my job and really unhappy with the working environment. would anybody please suggest that is Sapphire stone helps in releasing stress and bringing freshness in life ???

Reply on 14/8/15
Hayden you can also ask Miss mittens to solve your issues. Its a free astrology service which gives you advice on various issues.
Reply on 16/12/15
D.o.b. 02/10/1977
What gemstones would fit me best?
Reply on 20/9/18
Sapphire has always been my favorite gemstone. I keep on checking your beautiful collection frequently. Good work Gemexi !!!
Reply on 26/10/18
Blue sapphire is the prettiest stone I ever purchased. Its shine always attracts me to get it.
Reply on 3/7/19
September birthstone sapphire is so pretty and suitable for every personality.
Reply on 2/9/19
Sapphire is my all-time favorite stone...and I really love it so much...The charm after wearing sapphire silver jewelry is just awesome.
Reply on 20/10/19
Hi... I saw your site and I like your collection. You have so many varieties of stones which I never find anywhere. It's impressive.
Reply on 8/12/19

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