Rulers of ancient Persia believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of sapphire stones. The September birthstone was once described as “the blue of a clear sky just minutes after sundown” by a poet. Ancient lore has even suggested that the Ten Commandments were written on tablets made of sapphire.

Symbolism & Folklore

Sapphire is associated with: the heavens
Sapphire is considered the stone of: wisdom, truth, chastity, purity, serenity, faith
Sapphire has been said to: banish evil spirits, suppress negative thoughts, connect to the universe, provide warning against hidden dangers, sharpen eyesight, cool fevers

Origins & Characteristics

Sapphire is corundum, the same type of stone as a ruby. The only difference between a ruby and sapphire is the color. Red corundum is a ruby, while other colors of corundum are called sapphire. The most well known color of sapphire is blue, but it can also be purple, gray, orange, yellow, pink, green and black. Sapphires are nearly as strong as diamonds; diamonds are rated a ten in terms of hardness, and sapphires a nine. Blue sapphires come from Burma and Kashmir, with varying blue shades also coming from Sri Lanka, Australia, and Thailand.