The name for sapphire is thought to have come from Greek (‘sappheiros’) or Latin (‘sapphirus’). Both of these words probably referred originally to lapis lazuli or were used as a generic term for blue gemstones. The word ‘saphir’ is found around the mid-13th century in Old French and the Latin root has also formed the basis for the Spanish ‘zafir’ and Italian ‘zaffiro’.
In ancient Greece and Rome, royalty and the upper classes were convinced that blue sapphires protected their wearers from envy and other harm. It was also said that sapphires could protect a person against snakes and that, if a sapphire was placed in a jar with serpents, they would immediately perish.
Historically, sapphire was commonly acknowledged to represent truth, fidelity and faithfulness. During the Middle Ages, clergymen wore sapphires as protection from impure thoughts and so the gemstone has had an association with heaven and devotion to God. For similar reasons, new brides were given sapphire necklaces to ensure fidelity.
There are some people that think a sapphire’s powers include the ability to enhance spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. Sapphire is also believed to offer healing properties for rheumatism, colic, and mental illness, as well as being considered an antidepressant and an aid to psychokinesis, telepathy and clairvoyance.
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