The Stone of Destiny
Creative Expression, Intuition, Hope
The magnificent striking blue of Sapphire has captivated the hearts and attention of humans for centuries. The metaphysical properties that are connected to Sapphires are interpretation, insight and clairvoyance. Sapphires have at times symbolized heavenly grace, an apt description for these celestial gems. Is a stone of protection and prophetic wisdom, a wondrous crystal that can watch over human destiny. It is believed to promote joy, faith, hope and protection during long journeys
The History of Sapphire
The word Sapphire comes from the Greek word “sappheiros” meaning “precious stone”. Sapphires are a part of the four precious gemstone family, consisting of rubies, diamonds and emeralds. Sapphires have been a popular and sought after gemstone since the Middle Ages. Medieval clergy wore Sapphire jewelry in order to symbolize heaven and attract heavenly blessings. Sapphire has always been worn by royalty to symbolize holiness, wisdom, virtue and good fortune. Due to these obvious Divine characteristic sapphire represents a sort of Divine stone, most desirable by royalty and aristocracy, as well as by high priests. The British crown is saturated with large blue sapphires, symbols of pure and wise rein.
The British Crown Jewels feature many large sapphires.
In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte gave his future wife, Josephine, this lovely gold engagement ring with two pear shaped stones, one diamond, one blue sapphire, each weighing approximately 1 carat. At a recent auction celebrating Josephine’s 250th birthday, it sold for just under $$950,000 when it was only expected to fetch about $20,000
Shades of Sapphire
Sapphires are well renowned for their classically rich blue hue, however, they actually come in a variety of different colors (called fancy sapphires).
• Pink Sapphires – More of a pinky-orange hue, this sapphire is called padparadscha
• Yellow Sapphires – A certain amount of iron makes this gem yellow
• Star Sapphires – Exhibits a star-like phenomenon known as asterism
• Green Sapphires – Similar to yellow sapphires but leaning more to a green hue
There are pink sapphires, yellow sapphires, violet sapphires, green sapphires and clear sapphires.
Today most sapphires are mined in Australia.
When it comes to jewelry made from sapphire, blue sapphire rings and engagement rings are highly popular but also can be very costly. This is probably due to the above mentioned interest of the royal families in the past, and also to the relative rarity of the transparent blue sapphire stones. Most examples of blue sapphire rings are seen alongside with gold or platinum, and readily combined with diamonds. The blue sapphires come in many nuances of the blue color, ranging from very light almost sky like blue up to the deep rich shades.