The basis for the development of Christian symbolism of precious stones is the Bible. In the later period, symbolism developed and received a deeper interpretation in the works of Christian writers. The most famous, and with the highest authority in the Church, are the interpretations of the “Apocalypse” of St. Andrew, Archbishop of Caesarea (near the V century) and an even older tract of St. Epiphanes of Cyprus (the end of the V century) of 12 gems.
In the Bible, jewels are mentioned in both direct, and transmitted, symbolic meaning. The direct apparition of the Lord that the selected precious stones are used in objects of worship are found in the book Exodus (28 8-30), where 12 gems are named for the names of the Israeli tribes.
According to Jewish historian Josef Flavius (1st century), these stones possessed a miraculous characteristic of the transmission of God’s will during judicial proceedings and served as evidence of the presence of God in the offering of the sacrifice. It served as the transmission of Divine energy and symbolized the spiritual attributes of God. In the medieval Jewish tradition of the tribes of Israel, stones, as an element of the breastplate, were in the form of “genealogical gems” bearing the zodiac symbolism.
In most biblical terms with prophets, precious stones serve as a symbolic description of the idea of the Holy Glory of the Lord. In the Old Testament, this is the vision of the Ezekiel prophet Ezekiel about the throne of the Lord, which compares to the sapphire (Jg 1.26), as well as Moses’ description of the “place of residence of the God of Israel” in Mount Sinai, where it is said: “And they saw the God of Israel, and under his feet as a work stone sapphire and like the sky when it’s clear “. (Exodus 24.10). We see that here is the basic symbol of Lord Sapphire, a stone of dark colors, which symbolizes truth, secret and transcendence. This symbolism is completely in line with the Old Testament experience of God.
In the New Testament, in the book of the Revelations of John the Baptist, we find the incomplete description of the Lord of the Spirits (Rev. 4 2-3), which is: “In appearance it was like a stone jasper and an orchard, and around the throne was long in appearance as an emerald.” Under the jasper, there was always a green stone, traditionally green, or, more likely, nephrite or jade.
The name of the emerald also referred to the green stone, above all the extinct. Sardis is a red stone, or red shaft or corneol. In the New Testament, as a symbol of the Lord, there is a stone of green or red representing the Son of God. Green jasper or emerald represent Christ as the source of Eternal Life, and the red color of sardines resembles His Sacrifice.
In some cases, when the “stone foundation” referred only to Christ, the gems of the Heavenly City symbolized the attributes of the Lord himself. For example: jasper – redemption of sins, sapphire – soul, chalkidon – aspiration to the truth, emerald – goodness, sardonyx – the power of spiritual life, serdolok – willingness to give their own blood to the Church, chrisolite – divine beauty, beril – calmness, topaz – hrisopras – incompatibility to sin, hiacint – imperial dignity and amethyst – savagery. Since man is bound to come through the image of God, to adopt the divine qualities, so the stones from the
Apocalypse can also denote the attributes of one Christian. Similar examples are found in the writings of Raban Moor, Archbishop of Mainz (beginning of the 9th century). – “In jasper, truth and faith are seen; in safir, the height is on
Sapphire, in a broader sense, is any corundum gemstone, with the exception of ruby-red varieties (rubies). The origin of the name sapphire has not been completely deciphered. The name comes from the Greek “sapheiros” which is considered a foreign word from the East. Until the Middle Ages he called himself lapis lazuli.
Also, the Burmese shade is considered particularly valuable. It ranges from rich royal blue to deep cornflower blue. The colorless sapphire is called Leukosaphir (Greek “white”) the reddish-orange yellow is called Padparadscha (Sinhalese “lotus flower, morning bloom, guardian of the kings”). The sapphires from Sri Lanka are usually light blue also gray blue, sky blue or blue violet. Those from Australia mostly dark blue with a greenish touch. Most blue sapphires come from Australia or Thailand.
Origin and occurrence of sapphire
From Sri Lanka, the oldest sapphire deposits are known, which is reported in ancient times, that they were dug there. The sapphire is a typical soap mineral. The most important producers were found in India and Australia has also been included for 25 years.
Sapphire is also found in African countries such as Tanzania and Malawi, as well as Cambodia, Myanmar, Rhodesia, Upper Burma, Vietnam, Brazil, USA and especially Thailand. In Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), a gray star sapphire crystal was found in 1967 in the valley of Mogok, which has a height of 17cm and a weight of 63,000 ct (= 12,6kg). The most famous and color of sapphire is blue. Blue, the color of loyalty. However, all non-ruby corundum call sapphires.
There are also yellow, green, purple, pink, brown, orange and white or colorless sapphires. The blue sapphires are created by the coloring substance of iron and titanium, the violet color causes the vanadium and trivalent iron the yellow and green colors. Chrome causes pink. Chrome, iron and vanadium are the orange tones. The basis for the development of Christian symbolism of precious stones is the Bible. In the later period, symbolism developed and received a deeper interpretation in the works of Christian writers. The most famous, and with the highest authority in the Church, are the interpretations of the “Apocalypse” of St. Andrew, Archbishop of Caesarea (near the V century) and an even older tract of St. Epiphanes of Cyprus (the end of the V century) of 12 gems.
The cashmere color is considered the most beautiful and most valuable blue color. These gems were found in 1880 after a landslide at 5000 meters altitude and intensively mined over eight years. The cashmere color is a typical pure, intense blue with a very slight purple undertone. This color does not change in the artificial light, it is said.
Also, the Burma color is considered particularly valuable. It ranges from rich royal blue to deep cornflower blue. The colorless sapphire is called Leukosaphir (Greek “white”) the reddish-orange yellow is called Padparadscha (Sinhalese “lotus flower, morning bloom, guardian of the kings”). The sapphires from Sri Lanka are usually light blue also gray blue, sky blue or blue violet. Those from Australia mostly dark blue with a greenish touch. Most blue sapphires come from Australia or Thailand.
The popular, rare Sternkorunde come mostly from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). From Thailand comes a very attractive black star sapphire. He is known since the 1950s and has a black body color.
Sapphire in the Bible
Sapphire, the gem of the sky. This sky blue gem is associated with qualities such as tranquility, purity, friendship, loyalty and peace. At the same time he expresses the love and longing of the people.
Feelings of serenity, mutual understanding, and indestructible trust. The blue of the sapphire becomes a color that belongs to everything that is stable and reliable. Some relied on the power of the cold and dry stone to touch only the diseased skin, while others used it to heal internal afflictions. The sapphire is already abundantly mentioned in the Bible, and is not only a stone of faith, but also of devotional love and chastity. He should give peace and keep from infidelity, hate and terror.
In the Middle Ages, it was the guide of the imperial and royal crowns. A blue sapphire shone on the anointed’s forehead. Since the middle of the 11th century, the pope has also annually awarded an often sapphire-adorned golden rose as an award. At first the princes were the recipients, later only their wives, which soon gave the jewel the name “Tugendrose”.
The Doge of Venice always wore a sapphire as a sign of fidelity and his marriage to the sea. Charlemagne owned one of the most famous talismans, which consisted of a capsule-like gold setting of two large oval set sapphires, one of which was later replaced by blue glass. The pendant is preserved in the Cathedral of Reims.
Healing effects of sapphire
The sapphire helps against eye problems (eye inflammation, cataract), inflammation in general, headache, stress, nervous, sleep and thyroid problems, even against anger and negative energies. It is also said to relieve pain in the liver, bile, kidneys, stomach and intestines, to help blood disorders, arthritis and rheumatism, and to strengthen the spleen. The sapphire is said to reduce fever and to help with brain and nervous diseases.
Also support the sapphire the faster healing effect in kidney diseases, metabolic and hormonal disorders. It also finds application in premature aging.
Healing effect on the psyche
The sapphire brings concentration and straight line align our thoughts with set goals and mobilize our mental power to reach them as well. He makes self-critical and promote the desire for knowledge and wisdom, help with delusions and make sober and clear.
He also helps to reduce stress symptoms.