Calm and focus the mind.
Attract prosperity and abundance.
Speak your truth without fear.
Be balanced deep within yourself
Let Sapphire reveal your spiritual truth.
Mineralogy of Sapphire
Mineral Family: Oxides
Chemical Composition: Al2 O3
Crystal System: Hexagonal-trigonal
Form/Habit: Pyramidal, prismatic barrel-shaped
Hardness: 9 (second hardest, after diamond)
Luminescence: Red (long and short wave)
Luster: Viterous (glassy) to adamantine (brilliant shine)
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: The most important current deposits are in Australia, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States (Montanta). Additional deposits are found in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Finland, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
Mineral Family: Sapphire is an Oxide mineral. The Oxide family has closely-packed Oxygen atoms with tiny bits of metal or semi-mental atoms occupying the space between. There are two forms of Oxide minerals, “simple Oxides” which only have a single type of metal or semi-metal, and “complex Oxides” which have multiple metals and/or semi-metals. Most Oxide minerals are found in igneous rocks. The most famous Oxide mineral is Corundum, or as they are more commonly known as Ruby and Sapphire. Another well known Oxide mineral is silvery Hematite.
Formation: Sapphires typically grow in metamorphic rocks. Because mining from primary deposits is not economically profitable, most rubies are mined in secondary deposits, located downstream from the primary deposit where they were formed. The most common color for Sapphire is blue, but they can be found in every color. “Red sapphires” are Ruby. Pure Corundum is colorless, but the addition of trace elements will give the gemstone its color. Blue Sapphire’s color comes from Iron and Titanium.
Mining: Because of its weight, sapphire is generally easy to separate from river gravels and can be picked out by hand. In many locations production methods are still primitive. In the most important deposits, mechanized machinery is used above and underground. Only 1 percent of all sapphires recovered are gem quality to be used in fine jewelry.
Enhancements: Lab created sapphire are widely available in the fine gemstone market, and heat-treatment is extremely common. Tumbled stones, however, are almost certain to be fully natural, regardless of the shade of color.
History of Sapphire
Sapphire has been one of the most highly sought after gemstones throughout history. It is included in all major lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. The name Sapphire is given to all color varieties of the mineral Corundum, with the exception of blood red stones, which are Rubies. The word Sapphire comes from the Latin sapphirus, Greek sappheiros and Hebrew sappir, all of which most likely come from the Sanskrit sanipria, meaning “dear to the planet Saturn.”
In the oldest lapidaries, the name Sapphire was used to denote any brilliant blue gemstone. Numerous writings describe Sapphires that were engraved with powerful words. According to one tradition, the Ten Commandments were written on Sapphires. Considering Sapphire’s incredible hardness and the technology of that period, this is very unlikely. A softer blue stone, such as Lapis Lazuli, is far more plausible. Similarly, Sapphire is listed as the fifth of the twelve stones which decorated the breastplate of the High Priest of ancient Israel. The design for the Breastplate was given by God to Moses, whose brother Aaron was the first to wear it. Each of the gemstones on the Breastplate were inscribed with the symbol for one of the Twelves Tribes of Israel. This Sapphire was most likely inscribed with the Tribe of Dan. In later Christian writings, Sapphire was thought to be linked to St. Paul.
The Roman Catholic Church has long favored Blue Sapphires, giving them as ecclesiastical rings to Bishops and other high ranking priests. This practice appears to have started around the same period that priests were forced to remain celibate. According to medieval lore, Sapphire cools unwise passions and promote a love of Truth and Wisdom above all else.
In the ancient Vedic texts, revered by followers of the Hindu faith, Blue Sapphires were the eyes of the demon god Vala. According to the story, Vala once took the form of a stone cave where stolen cows were hidden. Indra, the leader of the demigods, split Vala apart, killing him and freeing the cows. Vala’s body was scattered across the earth, and his various body parts were transformed into different gemstones. Yellow Sapphire is also mentioned in this story, and signifies the skin of Vala.
In Sri Lanka, which boasts some of the most beautiful Sapphires in the world, the gemstones are also similarly linked to eyes. It was said that Sapphires were created whenever beautiful young maidens danced holding flowers in their hands. Their dancing attracted the eyes of the Daitya, a race of giants. Where they gazed, Sapphires would later be found. Unsurprisingly, Sapphire has long been credited with healing eyes, a trait mentioned in virtually every lapidary.
In European lore, Sapphire is linked to the Greek hero Prometheus, who introduced fire to mankind, against the will of the gods. For this brave deed he was chained to a mountain and every day an eagle came to eat his liver. After centuries, Prometheus was finally freed by another hero, Hercules. As the last of his 12 great labors, Hercules killed the eagle and petition Zeus to pardon Prometheus. The King of the Gods agreed, with one caveat. Prometheus would have to wear a ring forged from the mountain and his chain, a physical reminder of the consequence of ignoring the will of the gods. The chain was used to craft the ring itself, while a gemstone from the mountain was placed on top. This gem was a brillian blue Sapphire, whose color is like the center of the hottest flames.
Sapphires have long been prized possessions among the world’s royalty and nobility. For many centuries, it was considered one of the ‘Five Cardinal Gemstones’, comparable only with Diamond, Ruby, Emerald, and Amethyst. The oldest European crown still in existence, made for King Recceswinth of the Visigoths (ruled 649-672), is decorated with Sapphires and Pearls.
The oldest stone in the British Crown Jewels is St. Edward’s Sapphire. According to the offical record, it was first worn by King Edward the Confessor (1003-1066) in 1046 in his coronation ring. Sometime later, the King met a beggar and gave the ring to him out of pity. Years later, the King’s envoys chanced upon an old man in an inn, and he gave them the ring, telling them to return it to the king and to tell him also that they would meet again soon – in the afterlife. Edward died shortly thereafter and was buried with the ring on his finger. A century later, the King’s body was re-interred in the newly built Westminister Abbey. At this point, the Sapphire was removed and given back to the royal family. Today, St. Edward’s Sapphire sits in the center of the cross, at the top of the Imperial State Crown. It is believed to be of of Sri Lankan origin.
Beautiful Sapphires have been found in numerous locations around the world,and a trained gemologist can often identify their source based on their natural color. Typically speaking, Sri Lankan Sapphires are usually cited as the most consistent source for high-quality gemstones. Despite having been mined for thousands of years, new Sapphires and other gemstones are constantly being found. The finest Sapphires in the United States come from Montana and have a cornflower blue color.
The most beautiful Sapphires ever found are from Kashmir, and were found during the late 19th century. These are the Blue Sapphires that set the standard against which all others are measured.The seams ran out after only a decade, but these Sapphire occasionally come back on the market, typically sold in auction. The most expensive Sapphire eve sold, was a Kashmir Blue Sapphire, set in a white gold ring with colorless diamonds. It sold in 2014 for over $5 million dollars.
Healing Properties of Blue Sapphire
Spiritual: Sapphire inspires within us a deep love of truth and a profound desire to live in our personal integrity. It is a mystical stone that encourages us to explore the full depth and breadth of our spiritual lives and to cultivate our spiritual gifts. Sapphire drives us forward relentlessly in the pursuit of wisdom and understanding. It opens the intuitive and psychic mind, facilitates energy channeling and clarifies communication between this realm and others. Sapphire encourages both practical common sense and far-flung dreaming, helping us find the correct balance between those aspects so we can achieve our goals. Sapphire attracts prosperity, both financial and emotional, and gives us the discipline to maintain this prosperity throughout the course of our lives. Sapphire has a very regal and elegant quality, that increases our appreciation of beauty and the finer things in life. Sapphire is attuned to the Throat and Third Eye Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Gemini, Virgo, Libra, and Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Wind and Earth and vibrates to the numbers 2 and 6.
Emotional: Sapphire’s peaceful energy smoothly dispels depression and anxiety, leaving us feeling calm and collected. It brings relationships into greater harmony and encourages clear communication between individuals. Sapphire reminds us that we must be true to ourselves, and that we need no one’s permission or approval to live our own lives. While the opinions of others can be taken into account, ultimately Sapphire teaches us to trust ourselves and our decisions. Blue Sapphire helps us to express ourselves clearly and to speak our truth without fear.
Mental: Sapphire increases our discernment and powers of critical thinking. It celebrates a thirst for knowledge and wisdom in all forms. Sapphire’s calm energy that helps us to look at situations logically and to clearly understand causal affect. Sapphire helps us to work through our own thoughts and emotions, and to make decisions that serve our Highest Good. Once decisions have been made, then Sapphire can help guide our actions so that we can realize our intentions as quickly and efficiently as possible. Sapphire helps us to look at ourselves and our own life very closely and to keep whatever is good and to discard whatever is no longer needed or desirable.
Physical: Sapphire is said to alleviate pain throughout the body and lower fevers. Blue Sapphire in particular is said to be very good for the throat and vocal cords, as well as the eyes and ears. It is most commonly used by metaphysical healers to treat the brain, mental disorders and psychosomatic sickness. Sapphire is also believed to treat both cellular disorders and the circulatory system. Sapphire can help us to ‘decide’ to get well and to use the power of the mind-body connection to heal ourselves.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Sapphire
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Blue Sapphire Tumbled Stone
Color: Dark blue. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Supply Chain: Traveling Earth to Pocket, this stone would have traded hands only four times.
The miners sells directly to the tumbler. The tumbler sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
Safe Handling of Sapphire
Cleaning Healing Crystals
There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.
Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone. Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight. Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time. This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems. Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark! Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water. This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.
One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc. Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property. Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.
Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers. Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly. Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care. But they will love getting extra attention from you!
If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant. A potted plant inside the house works just fine. Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.
Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals
There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions. But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.
Cleanse the crystals and yourself. It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work. It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence. Hold the crystals or be near them. Sing or talk to the stones. Tell them about yourself and what you are working on. Ask them for their help. You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart. Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies. They want to help you.
If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it. Music, including singing bowls, can also be used. The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.
This can be done at any time, day or night. However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions. Take the crystals outside, if possible. You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.
- During the Full Moon, energy is amplified. It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
- The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground. It will grow up into the Light.
- Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
- Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting. The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.
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