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History & Symbolism:
Sapphire Gemstone Facts:
(Primary) Yellow, Purple, Pink, Green and White
The Sapphire: "Gem of the Sky"
The most charming and interesting fact about the sapphire is perhaps the mythical story that the Earth rested on a great sapphire, from whose reflection gave the sky is blue color. Available in multi-shades of blue as well as other colors, the sapphire is one of the most popular and sought after gemstones. Considered the "Gem of the Sky", the sapphire is beautiful, transparent, constant, and durable.
The sapphire, much like its neighbor-gem, the ruby, is derived from the mineral corundum, one of the hardest minerals on earth. The ruby finds it origin in the same mineral, being the red variety of the mineral in corundum. Although pure corundum is colorless, small traces of other natural elements such as chrome, titanium, iron, aluminum oxide, and vanadium are what bring color to corundum, from which we derive the ruby and sapphire gemstones. The gemstones in the corundum group consist of pure aluminum oxide which crystallized into gemstones over a vast stretch of time as a result of pressure and heat at great depths. It was agreed upon by specialists after centuries of debate, to classify all red corundum, color by chrome, as ruby, and all other colors, including blue, as sapphires. "Fancy Sapphires", consisting of multiple colors such as yellow, purple, pink, green or white sapphires were the "other" colors classified as sapphires within corundum.
Symbolism & Meaning
Sapphires have procured many "myths" and legends throughout history. The ancient Persians believed the Earth rested on a great sapphire, from whose reflection the sky appeared blue. A gemstone courted by royalty, sapphires were believed to protect kings against envy and harm. Sapphires were supposed to have medicinal powers, especially the ability to remove impurities from the eyes. As a result of such testaments of power, the sapphires came to symbolize truth, faithfulness, sincerity, and even much akin to its neighbor, the ruby, long-lasting and eternal love. Other symbols of the sapphire include friendship, harmony, sympathy, and loyalty.