Sapphire is a stone of royalty and wisdom; of prophecy and Divine favor. It is considered the gem of gems; its use goes back throughout our history.
Sapphires come in most colors of the rainbow, but blue is considered sapphire's "true" color and the one most recognized. Blue sapphires ranges in color from white to deepest dark indigo; the most highly desired color is a deep cornflower blue, called Kashmir or bleu de roi. The name sapphire is derived from the Latin "sapphirus" or Greek "sappheiros", meaning "blue stone".
To the ancient and medieval worlds, sapphire signified the height of celestial hope and faith; it was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also kindness and wise judgment. Known as a stone of Apollo, the Greeks wore sapphire for wisdom at Delphi; Abraham and King Solomon both wore talismans of sapphire; in India, sapphire was used to align astrological influences.
In medieval Europe, sapphire was worn by kings and nobles; it was treasured for its endurance and beauty, as well as its powers to protect and bring insight and wisdom. Kings wore sapphires to protect themselves from harm and to prevent jealousy in their court. Also considered a stone of peace and integrity, sapphire worn to the signing of a treaty was believed to ensure a true reconciliation and to prevent further bloodshed. Even today, it's beneficial to wear or carry a sapphire when signing or negotiating contracts of any kind.
Today, sapphire is considered a Stone of Wisdom, enhancing mental acuity and learning. It gives order to the mind, and the ability to see beneath surface appearances, and increases order, structure, and self-discipline. Wear or use blue sapphire to stay on your spiritual path, to enhance focus, and to keep a clear vision of goals and aspirations.
A stone of love, commitment and fidelity, sapphires have traditionally been popular for engagement rings; the most famous in modern days is the sapphire ring given to Princess Diana on her engagement; it is now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.Sapphires are associated with the Third Eye and Throat chakras; it helps to open the mind to beauty and intuition and helps to communicate clearly and effectively. It is the traditional birthstone for September, and is the zodiac stone for Pisces, Taurus, Gemini and Libra.