Sapphire is a variety of corundum (aluminium oxide) and boasts a large variety of colours. It is well known as September's birthstone, but also for its hardness and ability to display the star-effect, also knows as asterism. This stone is most commonly found in Sri Lanka, Burma, East Africa and Pakistan. We are going to explore the history behind the use of sapphire and how it can benefit us all (even if you are not a September baby).
The History of Sapphire
The official name of sapphire has constantly changed throughout history, but its power has remained timeless.
Ancient Persian legends state that the Earth balanced on top of a giant blue sapphire, which they referred to as a Lazvard gemstone. It was believed that this sapphire gave the sky its blue hues.
The Ancient Egyptians referred to the sapphire as Lapis Lazuli, and associated the gemstone with the Eye of Horus, wisdom and healing. They often made sapphire elixirs which were used to heal eye conditions.
The Ancient Greeks adopted this gemstone from the Egyptians and named it "Sapphire", originating from the Greek word "Sappheiros" meaning "blue". They believed that sapphire held strong mystical and healing powers, and associated it with Apollo and the wisdom of the third eye. Many medical tools were adorned with sapphire as it was said to cure rheumatism, colic, mental illness and eye conditions. The Ancient Greeks also wore sapphires to petitions in order to increase their inner wisdom, enabling better communication.
In the Middle Ages, sapphire jewellery and amulets became popular amongst royalty due to the belief that they could protect the owner from poison, and the harm and envy of others.
Known as the stone of wisdom and communication, sapphire is associated with both the throat and third eye chakras.
Sapphire is known to posses great healing powers for the whole body. It is said that it can reduce insomnia and headaches, balance the inner ears for conditions such as vertigo, and aid the healing of eye conditions.
Sapphire is believed to be a powerful mood enhancer, helping to reduce psychic suffering and depression. It is also said to help one with better communication, self-expression and self-confidence.
Blue sapphire is a wind element and has the ability to activate the higher mind, making it a great tool for enhancing a meditative state and for increasing psychic visions.
The timeless sophistication of sapphire mixed with its powerful properties make this gemstone the perfect adornment.
* This is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.