The magnificent and Holy Sapphire, in all its celestial hues, this is a stone of wisdom and Royalty, of prophecy and Divine favour. It is forever associated with sacred things and considered the gem of gems, a jewel steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion. To the ancient and medieval world, Sapphire of heavenly blue signified the height of celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgement.
In Hebrew lore, King Solomon and Abraham both wore talismans of Sapphire, and the Law given to Moses on the Mount was said to be engraved on tablets of Sapphire. The Greeks wore it for wisdom at Delphi when seeking answers from the Oracle at Apollo’s Shrine. Buddhists believed it brought devotion and spiritual enlightenment, and the Hindus considered Sapphire as one of the “great gems” used in offerings in the temples for worship and to align astrological influences. In Christianity it was used in ecclesiastical rings, and was cherished by kings and nobility for its powers of protection and insight.
As a talisman, Sapphire was thought to preserve chastity, discover fraud and treachery, protect its wearer from poison, plague, fever and skin diseases, and had great power in resisting black magic and ill-wishing. It healed ailments of the eyes, increased concentration, and would lose luster if worn by an intemperate or impious person
Today Sapphire is still a Stone of Wisdom, a royal stone of learning, mental acuity and psychic activation, a seeker after spiritual truth. Its pure Blue Ray brings order and healing to the mind, lending strength and focus, and an ability to see beneath surface appearances to underlying truths and to utilize that knowledge. It stimulates the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, allowing one to access deeper levels of consciousness in order to gain a fuller understanding of self. Associated with the planet Saturn, Blue Sapphire embraces order, structure, and self-discipline, and is ideal for accomplishing goals and manifesting ideas into form. Sapphire’s power to transmute negative thoughts and energy also makes it highly effective for earth and chakra healing. Blue Sapphire ranges in hue from pale to deep azure or dark royal blue, to indigo, with the most highly desired color being the velvety cornflower blue, also called Kashmir or bleu de roi. The name Sapphire is derived from the Latin sapphirus, Greek sappheiros, and Sanskrit sanipryam, meaning “blue stone.” Recent research indicates what we know today as Lapis Lazuli was also referred to as Sapphire in the ancient world, and much of the Sapphire described in the Bible and other texts would have actually been Lapis Lazuli.
Sapphire Uses and Purposes
Sapphire is exceptional for calming and focusing the mind, allowing the release of mental tension and unwanted thoughts. It encourages opening the mind to beauty and intuition, bringing lightness and joy as it restores balance within the body.
Use Blue Sapphire to stay on your spiritual path, and for assistance in matters of self discipline, whether routine daily tasks or actions requiring extreme focus.
Blue Sapphire is a stone of love, commitment and fidelity, and has become popular in betrothal rings. Matching Sapphire tumblestones make a good gift for couples moving in together or marrying. In the event of a separation or divorce, it is advisable to remove any Sapphire jewelry gifted by the other person. Sapphires are stones of attachment and could prolong the connection or cause bitter feelings.
Because of its hardness (second only to Diamond), Sapphires are used in industrial applications such as components for watch crystals and movement bearings, scientific instruments, high-durability windows, and insulating substrates in special purpose solid state electronics.
Sapphire in Ancient Lore and Legend
Sapphires were praised for bringing Divine favor and were referenced in nearly every religious history. Called the jewel of the sun god Apollo by the Greeks, Sapphire was worn when consulting the oracle at Delphi to give the questioner wisdom to understand the answer given. To the Hebrews, Sapphire was a stone of prophecy, wisdom, and Divine Glory. The Law given to Moses on the Mount was said to be engraved on tablets of Sapphire, and it was listed as the fifth stone in the Breastplate of the High Priest inscribed with the tribe Issachar. In his visions, the prophet Ezekiel compared the throne of Jehovah to a Sapphire, and the seal-stone in King Solomon’s magical ring was thought to have been a Blue Sapphire, the symbol of wisdom. Abraham was said to have worn a magnificent Sapphire around his neck, and when he died it rose to the sun.
Considered to be a “holy” stone, Sapphire is believed to render its bearer “pacific, amiable, pious, and devout, confirming the soul in good works.” It is thought to prevent wicked and impure thoughts, and to refuse to shine for the unchaste, or the impure. St. Jerome wrote that the Sapphire procured favor with princes, pacified enemies, gave freedom from enchantment and captivity, and could ease the wrath of God himself.
Sapphires have long been regarded as especially appropriate for use in ecclesiastical rings, worn by priests and high dignitaries for symbols of chastity and to represent Heaven. When a new Cardinal is elected by the Pope in the Roman Catholic Church, he receives with much pomp and ceremony, a red hat, and along with his new title, a gold ring set with a Sapphire, placed on the ring finger of his right hand by the Pope himself. According to Gregory XV, this is done to signify the Church is now the Cardinal’s spouse and he must never abandon her.
Sapphire was also revered as a gem of royalty, worn by kings, queens and nobility as a powerful defense from harm and envy. It was reputed to protect the wearer from dishonesty, fraud, terror, poverty, and even stupidity and ill temper. It was well-touted as an enemy of poison, even to the point of declaring that if a Sapphire were put into a glass with a spider or venomous reptile it would kill it.
According to legend, Helen of Troy owned a large Sapphire which was believed to hold the key to her desirability. King Solomon’s magical ring inscribed on a Sapphire, known as the “Seal of Solomon,” was reported to give him the power to command demons and spirits, and to speak to animals. It was said he used the magic of Sapphires to seduce the Queen of Sheba. Charlemagne wore an enormous Sapphire amulet prominently to display his devotion to God. In Medieval times, Sapphire was used as a test for infidelity, thought to change color if worn by the unfaithful.
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