Sapphire is a variety of Corundum, and was first reported in 1747 by J.G. Wallerius. He named the stone “Sapphirus”, meaning “blue stone” referring to the color of the mineral. Although reported in 1747, Sapphire has been traced back to being used 2500 years ago by the Etruscans. Sapphire was also considered a stone of royalty by Ancient Rome, Greek, and Egyptian civilizations.
Sapphire is traditionally thought to be dark blue, but it comes in a variety of colors such as blue, violet, white, pink, yellow, black, green, and orange. Each color pigment is due to a different metal occuring throughout the Sapphire. Blue Sapphires pigment is due to iron and titanium; Violet Sapphire consists of vanadium; yellow and green Sapphires have a low iron count; Pink Sapphire is produced by chrome. The only color variant Sapphire can not be seen as is red because red Corundum is Ruby.
Blue Sapphire is an enhancer of insight and an activation stone of mental and psychic abilities. It quickens the mind and allows for one to speak with the voice of their inner wisdom from deep within. Blue Sapphire is associated with the planet Saturn, the keeper of order, discipline, limitation, and structure. Blue Sapphire is ideal for bringing forth one’s ideas and providing the mental discipline and focus to turn those dreams into reality. The Blue Rays of this stone activates the third eye and throat chakra and allows them to work in unison to communicate your inner vision into the real world. Blue Sapphire works best with other mental enhancement stones such as Iolite, Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, and Lazulite.
Yellow Sapphire has been known as a stone of prosperity. In Southern Asia, many merchants and salesmen wear Yellow Sapphire somewhere on their body in hopes of enhanced success. A long tradition that is still honored today in some areas of Asia is placing a Yellow Sapphire in the mouth of a dead loved one before they are buried to ensure wealth in the next life. This color Sapphire vibrates with the solar plexus chakra enstilling the will to focus one’s intention into achievement. This stone works very well for anyone who is constantly manifesting and brings back endurance and ambition to ones life. Yellow Sapphire harmonizes well with any other sapphires and Ruby. For enhancing the intensity and the power of the Will, use Quartz or a Herkimer Diamond when working with Yellow Sapphire. For increased synchronicities and activation of the heart in conjunction with the will, use Moldavite.
Orange Sapphire, also known as Padparadsha Sapphire, is the rarest and most prized out of all Sapphires. Its name comes from the Sinhalese word “Lotus Flower”, referring to it’s pinkish-orange color. This sapphire is highly activating of one's sexual and creative energies and will light the “fire of desire” inside you. Orange Sapphire is a solar stone that brings with it warmth and physical comfort. This special stone connects with the planet Mars, the planet of action, bravery, courage. Mars energies will enhance your ability to move forward with your desires and not work towards achieving someone else’s. Orange Calcite, Carnelian, and Zincite work well with Padparadsha’s fiery energy, while Blue Sapphire can help bring discipline and mental strength to achieve your inner desires.
Pink Sapphire stimulates the gentle energy of love, release, acceptance, and forgiveness. Pink Sapphire is a very resilient stone and should be used for protection of your emotions and mentality. This special stone allows you to weather the storms of life and stay afloat during that time, while also working on your own life path. It evokes the energy of the heart in conjunction with the mind to push past emotional blockages weighing on you. Pink Sapphire is also a healer of emotional wounds in this life and past life traumas. Pink Sapphire’s emotional energies are enhanced by other heart stones such as Rose Quartz, Kunzite, and Rhodonite. For massive transformation of one's emotional energies, use Moldavite to fully open your heart to accepting change.
White Sapphire provides focus and clearing of the mind. It helps one in making decisions and aids in finding one's life path. Each person has many paths that they can go on in their life, but the decisions that we make daily takes away and adds paths to our life. White Sapphire aids in making the right decisions for you by channeling your inner desires. This is a very personal stone that helps you work on yourself, your life, and how to produce your vision into reality. This stone aligns with all the Libra’s out there who have difficulty making decision about even the smallest of things. White Sapphire works well with Phenacite, deepening one’s insight and clarity while enhancing inner vision.