A symbol of loyalty, truth, nobility, sincerity and dignity, Sapphires have been adored and adorned by royalty for thousands of years. Ancient Greek and Roman Kings and Queens were convinced of the power of these stones to protect against envy and harm, and in the Middle Ages, it was thought to act as a medicine against poisons.
The name “Sapphire” is thought to be rooted in the Sanskrit, “Sanipriya”, meaning “dark coloured stone sacred to Saturn”. There are also clear links to the ancient Greek word “Sappheiros” which means “precious blue gem” and the Latin “Sapphiru”, meaning “blue”. The vivid blue Sapphire colour, is the best-known colour of Sapphire, however pink, yellow & white sapphires are also much sought after.
Belonging to the Corundum family of minerals, Sapphires are one of the four gemstones denoted as ‘precious’. They are also the second strongest natural gemstones in existence, with diamonds being the first. Sapphires have been mined all over the world, from Australia to India. Perhaps the most celebrated Sapphire in its own right, the Star of India is a blue 563 carat Star Sapphire originally mined in Sri Lanka, famous for the luminous star crossing through the centre of the spherical stone.Blue Sapphire is the birthstone of September and is linked to both the third eye chakra (Ajna) stimulating intuition and the throat chakra (Vishuddha) aiding self-expression and the confidence to speak your truth.