As an engagement ring, the blue sapphires specifically, have long been known to symbolize Faith, Loyalty and Fidelity making a blue sapphire perfect for not only a marriage proposal but for any relationship or agreement. Beyond the good virtues of marriage, sapphire has also been known as the stone of good fortune, protection, wisdom, royalty, and hope. While these descriptions are a nice thought to attach to your sapphire engagement ring, they are primarily one of the oldest sales tactics for crystals and gemstones still in use today practically unchanged.
Can you imagine 2000 years ago, how difficult it must have been to sell someone a rock? A pretty rock for sure, an uncut sapphire or ruby held up to a candle, but the bewildered customer would then ask the obvious question, “What is it?” followed by “Did you make it?” “Where did it come from” and finally “What is this pretty rock going to do for me?” These were difficult questions to answer, far more so than today given the gemological knowledge that we have. Two thousand years ago the ability to cut these gemstones was limited to rough crystals and cabochons, so even the selling of sapphires as personal adornment wasn’t easy. How do you sell something no one has ever seen and other than being beautiful, they may not really need? Answer: Put this ruby beneath your flesh and it will protect you in battle from swords and spears. Sold!!!
While it is easy to joke about our earliest entrepreneurs, it’s hard not to see and explore the possibility of truth to any of the powers of gemstones. While early salesmen described their sapphires as having virtuous powers, the ideas about the sapphire’s abilities were far older than the sales pitch. Perhaps somewhere in the list of meanings and cures for sapphire there is one that is true. Along with many other gemstones, sapphires and rubies have been revered and drooled over by centuries of different people and different civilizations. There is something about rubies and sapphires that humanity is drawn to. There was an energy that created the gem, but the truth to that gem’s power, if any, is really a great mystery. The only definite is that gemstones like sapphires and rubies whether set in an engagement ring or even loose in the hand continue to inspire emotion and adoration as they have for thousands of years. When it comes down to it, if you can’t wrap your mind around the symbolism of sapphire, all you need to know is that you have a rare and beautiful gemstone. Should you believe that sapphire will bring you good fortune and faithfulness from your wife, perhaps it will.
“Warm, glowing rubies, or celestial-hued sapphires will to-day make a woman’s heart beat faster and bring a blush of pleasure to her cheek. Life will seem better worth living to here; and, indeed, this is no delusion, for life is what our thought makes it, and joy is born of gratified desire. Hence nothing that contributes to increasing the sum of innocent pleasures should be disdained; and surely no pleasure can be more innocent and justifiable that that inspired by the possession of beautiful natural objects.” – from The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, by G.F. Kunz, famed gemologist and Tiffany & Co’s V.P. of Gemology 1879-1932