Sapphire commonly derives its name from the Greek name of ‘Sappheiros’ which means ‘Blue Stone’ and is a gemstone variety of the minerals Corundum and Aluminium Oxide when it is a colour other than red or dark pink, in which case the gem would then be called Ruby, which is considered as being a different gemstone. It is from small amounts of other elements such as Iron, Titanium or Chromium, that can give Corundum a blue, yellow, pink, purple, orange or a greenish colour. Pink-orange Sapphires are called ‘Padparadscha’. Pure Chromium is the distinct impurity of Rubies. However, a combination of e.g. Chromium and Titanium can give Sapphire a colour distinct from red.
Sapphires can be found naturally, by searching through sediments or rock formations, or they can be manufactured for industrial or decorative purposes in large crystal boules. Significant Sapphire deposits are found in Eastern Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, East Africa, and in North America at a few locations, such as at “Gem Mountain”, and in or near the Missouri River in the region around Helena, Montana. Sapphire and Rubies are often found together in the same area, but one gem is usually more abundant. Sapphire is known for its excellent hardness, the only other stone that exceeds this hardness is the Diamond – the hardest mineral on Earth !
Sapphire – The Metaphysical Attributes
Sapphire brings support and guidance before and during astral travel. It is a stone that gives protection during any psychic work, shields from negative energies and warns of negative energy forms. Sapphire also sharpens the psychic senses, helps you to find your real home, giving guidance and support on your journey. It is a stone that brings connection between the Crown and Throat energy centres, while teaching that intuition and the gut instinct can be trusted.
A stone that helps the bodies natural defence system against illness and dis-ease, helps to ease tension and stress levels, and can be a help in the curing of different types of insomnia. Sapphire can be used to help break fever and clear viruses of the body such as different types of flu, glandular fever, colds and tonsillitis. Also a stone that can help in clearing the body of harmful substances/intoxication, and in the fight against addictions and alcoholism.
Sapphire is a stone that is commonly linked to September births and star signs.
This article is reproduced by kind permission of Keith Birch www.ksccrystals.com