The word “Sapphire” is Greek for blue and properly describes the dazzling blue Sapphire gemstone. The purer the blue and the higher saturation of a violet-blue color, the more rare and valuable the Sapphire is. However, Sapphire is a variety of the gem species corundum and occurs in all colors of the rainbow: pink, yellow, orange, peach, and violet colors. These extremely rare and expensive stones are among the most sought-after gems in the world. The most prized color fancy Sapphire is the Padparadscha: a pink-orange corundum thats salmon color is reminiscent of the tropics. The most prized Sapphires are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. The main sapphire deposits are found in Eastern Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Madagascar, East Africa, and in North America in a few locations, mostly in Montana.
According to folklore, the Sapphire gemstone will protect you from envious thoughts and harm. Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven due to its color reminiscent of the sky. Sapphire has long been considered by royalty to symbolize holiness, wisdom, virtue and good fortune.