Many different stones fall into the category of precious or semi-precious stones, but sapphire is one of the best known to all. Its beauty, rarity, and durability are truly amazing. Like ruby, sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum. The sky blue color is the result of ‘contaminating’ iron particles in the stone. But why is buying sapphire jewelry such an excellent idea, and what is the story behind this very special stone?
Where does the name sapphire come from?
Sapphire’s name has changed over the years, dating back to Hebrew. Some language experts believe that the name originates from a Sanskrit term, which at the time meant “sacred to Saturn.” According to Hindustani superstition, a sapphire brings good luck to the wearer under Saturn’s influence.
In the past, all blue stones, also blue diamonds, were called sapphires. A clearer distinction has been made since the 19th century.
What is a sapphire, and in what colors are they found?
Sapphires are a variation of the mineral corundum that is itself colorless. Sapphires get their color from the presence of iron. After diamonds and moissanite, sapphires are the third hardest material on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
Blue sapphires are the most common, but sapphires are found in other colors as well. There are yellow, orange, and purple sapphires. With our personalized service, you can, for example, buy sapphire jewelry in different colors.
What is the difference between a blue diamond?
Both blue sapphire jewelry and blue diamond jewelry contain a colored gemstone. Colored stones are very popular today, but not everyone can afford the price of colored diamonds. The standard price for good quality white diamonds is more expensive than sapphires and therefore also for the blue variant, which is very rare. For example, the Oppenheimer Blue diamond was auctioned for € 50.82 million in 2016 at Christie’s Geneva.
But we want to give you joy. To buy a blue sapphire ring or pendant, you do not need the same budget as for the same jewelry with a blue diamond. However, the most expensive sapphire in the world is priced quite high. It is also the largest sapphire in the world and was found in a mine in southern Sri Lanka.
According to experts, the value of this sapphire, baptized as the ‘ Star of Adam ‘, ranges between 90 and 160 million euros, and that is a stone too large to be used in jewelry.
High-quality sapphires are not of inferior beauty compared to diamonds, although they shine less brightly. Buy a blue diamond or a blue sapphire? The choice is yours!
What is the symbolism behind buying a natural sapphire jewelry?
The beautiful color is one reason to buy a sapphire, but the symbolism and healing powers could also be a deciding factor in the choice. The symbolism behind the sapphire differs from one civilization to another. People used to believe that a blue sapphire protected you against magic and witchcraft.
Others believed that the gemstone gave you strength, honor, virtue, and immortality, or that the natural sapphire jewelry represented wealth and avoided arguments and anguish. Like a spiritual blue gemstone, sapphires save reputation, mind, and reason. Today, sapphires primarily symbolize truth, love, purity, and sincerity.
The azure blue color of the sapphire is the reason why the stone has been attributed so many powers. Alternative healers believe that sapphires contain energetic and healing properties. In India, they were convinced that blue sapphires could open the third eye, which is the point of access to exceptional wisdom and vision. When the ancient Greeks consulted the Oracle of Delphi, they always carried a blue sapphire with them.
The sky blue color of sapphire is one of the reasons why spiritual properties are attributed to it.
In the Bible, sapphires are mentioned on special occasions. The sapphires supposedly encouraged feelings of deep devotion and a peaceful soul. For this reason, buying sapphire jewelry was and is very popular with spiritists. They wore the stone as a symbol of heaven.
In the 12th century, Pope Innocent III instructed his bishops to wear a gold ring with a sapphire to get closer to spiritual truth and remain virtuous.
Some Christians refer to the sapphire as the Stone of Destiny: the three crossbars of the star represent Faith, Hope, and Destiny. They used the sapphire as a talisman during travel to protect against disease, the evil eye, and demons.