Sapphire is a variety of corundum, an aluminium oxide. It forms in prismatic, bi-pyramidal, rhombohedral or tabular crystals, and it can also occur in granular or massive habits. It is found in metamorphic and igneous rocks, as well as alluvial deposits.
Sapphires have been discovered in India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Madagascar, Tanzania, Pakistan, Afghanistan and East Africa.
Today, the world’s most abundant source of sapphire is in Australia
In the USA, beautiful pale blue and violet sapphires, as well as a pastel palette of other colours, have been found.
Although people most often think of sapphire as dark blue, it is found in a diversity of colours, including many shades of blue, violet, pink, white, green, black, yellow and orange.
In fact, all colours of corundum (except red, which is Ruby) are called Sapphire.
The colouring pigment of blue sapphire is iron and titanium, and in violet sapphire the pigment is vanadium. A low iron content brings about yellow or green sapphires, and chrome produces pink ones.
Sapphire was used by the Etruscans over 2,500 years ago and was also prized in ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt. Revered as a stone of royalty, sapphire was believed to keep kings safe from harm or envy. It was also purported to protect you from dishonesty, fraud, terror, poverty, and even stupidity and ill temper.
The three crossed lines in a Star Sapphire have been said to represent hope, faith and destiny, and in German lore it was considered a stone of victory.
Although all corundums share some energies in common, the various colours of Sapphire have individual vibrational signatures and different spiritual properties.
SAPPHIRE And physical health
Sapphire is supportive when setting the intention to improve bone density and strength. For those who have undergone reconstructive surgery in which titanium has been used, this is an excellent stone to support good physical health; the blue energy calms inflammation and promotes post-surgical healing. Sapphires are helpful for people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
It stimulates the pituitary gland and the thyroid. This stone detoxifies the skin and invigorates the auric field.
Sapphire can reduce infection, inflammation, fevers and nosebleeds. Some also report good results in using sapphire to heal burns.
Sapphire calms all over active organs in the body and regulates the glands. It will heal eye problems, blood disorders. It is a stone for the blood and blood vessels, it reduces bleeding and strengthens veins reduces thrombosis, varicose veins and blood clots.
Sapphire encourages all healing processes through a mental decision to get well. It alleviates pain, lowers fevers and is particularly helpful with intestinal, brain and nervous diseases.
SAPPHIRE and your feelings
Sapphire helps balance the emotions. It brings calmness to the mind and helps you understand feelings more clearly. Work with this stone to increase inner strength and improve self esteem. With a greater sense of self understanding and further self exploration of your finer qualities, self confidence increases and general happiness ensues. This calming stone also relieves anger and frustration.
Sapphire works well to stimulate communication, insight, intuition, divination, inspiration and stillness. Sapphire releases depression and increases the endorphins in your body. Sapphire has a calming effect. It helps with depression, psychic illnesses and delusions, Sapphire strengthens the power of belief and the love of truth.
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SAPPHIRE and the mind
Sapphire helps you train your mind for single minded focus. Use it to reduce confusion and gain clarity and understanding. With its ability to sharpen mental capacity, this stone is helpful for better comprehension of written material, especially extremely dense scholarly texts. It helps you bring your attention to details and organise your materials.
When meditating with this stone it encourages wisdom, will, centring, cheerfulness and general good luck. It helps you concentrate on the task at hand and it attracts prosperity be it wealth, or pay rise or promotion.
Placed on the throat chakra sapphire will release frustrations. Sapphire is known as the wisdom stone. It focuses and calms the mind, releases unnecessary thoughts clearing the way for you to start new educational programmes.
It brings peace of mind and serenity to you while aligning the physical, mental and spiritual planes and restoring balance to the body. Sapphire encourages sobriety, the ability to criticise and the organisation of thoughts. Your intentions and will become so clear that both ideas and thoughts are realised very rapidly.
SAPPHIRE and the SPIRIT
A sapphire makes a good meditation tool, and it helps to train the mind for contemplation and understanding. A stone of wisdom and truth, it clears away distortions and brings forth spiritual knowledge. Use this stone to align with the higher realms.
With its royal associations, sapphire is a good stone for wise leadership, It also supports altruistic work that affects large populations.
It is used to cleanse the auric field and meridians.
Sapphire bestows straightforwardness and the ability to direct scattered spiritual energies towards a single goal.
By using sapphire, you are made to look at your own life in a critical way and throw away everything that does not stand up to scrutiny. Sapphire encourages the desire for knowledge and wisdom.
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