Blue sapphire gemstone coin shapes set on sterling silver earrings. Sapphires are a corundum, which is a mineral that can come in any color and be a sapphire, but when red it is considered ruby. The blue color of sapphire comes from impurities of titanium and iron. The name comes from the Latin word "sapphirus," which means "blue."
Sapphire is considered a stone of vision, and ancient Egyptians used the stone to remove foreign objects, such as sand and dust, from the eyes. One ancient recipe for eyesight was grind the stone into powder and mix it with vinegar. The same recipe was used to treat nosebleeds. Gazing into a sapphire was also said to protect the eyes from all injury.
Sapphires are also considered a gemstone of protection, particularly from spiders, snakes, and sorcery. It was thought to banish evil spirits and send negative spells back to the sender. It was said that a poisonous snake or spider, put into a container with a sapphire would soon shrivel and die.
Ancient Persian legends says that the earth rests upon a giant sapphire, and that its color is reflected in the sky.
Sapphire given as a gift symbolizes sincerity and fidelity.
Sapphires are thought to increase communication with spirit guides and angels. They promote mental clarity and focus, and are especially useful for mental and nervous disorders.
Overall drop length 1 1/8 inch.