Essentially, sapphire is the same mineral as ruby - corundum. When corundum is red or dark pink it is considered to be a ruby, otherwise it is considered to be a sapphire. This is why sapphires can be of blue, yellow, pink, purple, orange, or greenish color. There are also Padparadscha and star sapphires.
The prices of natural sapphires vary depending on their color, clarity, size, cut, quality and even origin. Price is also determined differently for sapphires of different color and rarity. Blue sapphires are relatively common and they are priced based on purity of their primary hue. Yellow and green sapphires are also commonly found. For pink sapphires, the deeper the pink color the higher their monetary value - the more they look like rubies, the more expensive they are. Sapphires also occur in shades of orange and brown, and they can even be colorless. There are also pink-orange sapphires that are called Padparadscha and are rare. Star saphires contain intersectng needle-like inclusions that cause an image of a six-rayed starto appear with a single overhead light source.
In occult, sapphire is the stone of faithfulness, modesty, and virginity. In Eastern tradition, sapphire was connected with friendship, modesty and selflessness. In modern occult sapphire pendants are used to give peace of mind, tranquility, happiness and spiritual enlightenment.
Sapphire is also considered to be a healing stone. Its influences include curing fever, seizures and delusions. It strengthens the heart, counteracts poisons, purifies blood and corrects vision defects. It is believed that sapphire increases the effectiveness of treatments by both natural and chemical medicines.
Sapphire influences the heart chakra. It protects against fear, envy and heart problems, helps to make his owner more detached and clear-minded. Sapphire helps his owner during travel and business trips, protects him from natural disasters, and will help to make him rich.
Story by Irina (Beautyland)
Translated by Alla (FleetingStillness)