Sapphire is a gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminum oxide (α-Al2O3). It is typically blue in color. Yellow sapphire is one of its similar variety. This variety in color is due to trace amounts of elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper, or magnesium. Sapphire is the birthstone for September and the gem of the 45th anniversary. A sapphire jubilee occurs after 65 years.
Sapphires are mined from alluvial deposits or from primary underground workings. Commercial mining locations for sapphire include countries like: Afghanistan, Australia, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam. The Logan sapphire, the Star of India, and the Star of Bombay originate from Sri Lankan mines. Madagascar is the world leader in sapphire production .
It has a remarkable hardness of 9 on Mohs scale with specific gravity of 4.0. A star sapphire is a type of sapphire that exhibits a star-like phenomenon known as asterism; red stones are known as “star rubies”. Star sapphires contain intersecting needle-like inclusions following the underlying crystal structure that causes the appearance of a six-rayed “star”-shaped pattern when viewed with a single overhead light source.
Blue Sapphire is the gemstone of Saturn as per Vedic Astrology. Saturn is a karmic planet and Saturn periods will make or break an individual’s life.
- If the Blue Sapphire is suitable it shows miraculous results especially in Saturn Transits like the Sade Sati. One can feel the relief instantly by viewing a boost in metabolism, energy and the pallor of gloom going away.
- Neelam Stone is a highly protective gemstone. It helps in protection from enemies, evil eye, hexing, jealousy etc.
- Blue Sapphire blesses with mental clarity, clears confusion and blesses the individual with the correct decision making abilities.
- It improves digestion, takes away lethargy and helps improve focus and concentration.
- It has excellent healing abilities to soothe the senses and blesses with calmness and equanimity.
- In certain horoscope situations it removes negativity, unknown fears and complexes.
- It gives names, fame and a formidable reputation.