Mythology of the Blue Sapphire

I wrote this article, Mythology of the Blue Sapphire, for the Autumn 2010 Season magazine. Actually, its inspiration came from a passage in my book, The Bride's Ritual Guide: Look Inside to Find Yourself....a book that all women who love matters of the heart seem to enjoy!  An updated version is in my book The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride {Volume One} For Better or Worse, How Princess Diana Rescued the Great White Wedding published in 2015.

Mythology of the Blue Sapphire

...with blue of heaven’s own tinct...
~William Shakespeare

Wedding history is full of mystical mythology. For instance, a long standing bridal superstition stated no harm could befall a bride wearing blue. The origin of this belief was actually about the protective powers of the blue sapphire. In ancient wisdom, colors, gemstones, flowers, indeed, all elements of nature held certain properties or powers and the sapphire had some serious energetic mojo! The wearer of a blue sapphire was thought to not only be protected from harm, but was also bestowed inner peace, purity of purpose, and the ability to attract divine favor.

Ancient Persians believed the earth rested on a giant blue sapphire, and the gemstone’s color was reflected onto the sky. Some biblical historians say the Ten Commandments handed to Moses from God were carved on sapphire. With such a powerful “color of heaven” legacy, it stands to reason that the sapphire has been the choice of royalty (King Solomon wore a sapphire ring), and priests (Medieval church officials chose sapphires to decorate their scepters), and lovers (Joan of Navarre, fourteenth century bride of Henry IV of England, received a sapphire ring set inscribed with a love motto, known as a posy: A MA VIE, “to my life”).

In addition to its ethereal association, the sapphire also represents fidelity and romantic devotion. Queen Victoria wore a brooch with an immense blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds pinned to the front of her white silk satin wedding gown, a gift from her beloved Albert on the eve of their nuptials in 1840. The mythical and romantic stories of the stone’s power would not have been lost on the royal couple. (Victoria wore the brooch constantly during Prince Albert’s lifetime, but seldom after his death 21 years after their wedding.) In her will she left it to the Crown, for use by future queens of Great Britain.

The blue sapphire is also considered the stone of “holy blessings,” symbolizing truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. In Ayurvedic wisdom, the color blue is linked with the throat chakra, or energy center, and inspires balance in our true self-expression. With these blessings at its core, it’s no wonder that brides were encouraged to wear something blue at a time when declarations of love and commitment were to be spoken.

As a teenage bride-to-be, Lady Diana Spencer chose a sapphire and diamond engagement ring from the selection offered her by Prince Charles and the royal family. Princess Diana continued to wear the ring after her divorce, perhaps because it was simply dazzling, or perhaps, in her intuitive way, she sensed its blessings of inner peace that she longed for. (The ring now belongs to the couple’s oldest son, Prince William.)

A precious gemstone may not be able to guarantee the love we want (possibly true for Victoria, but not for Diana), however “holy blessings” come in all shapes and sizes and disguises, encouraging us to look deeper into our own spirit for our heart’s true desire. And then perchance a bit of “blue magic” will indeed appear.

[Author's Note: 
As most of the world knows by now, Prince William gave his mother's sapphire and diamond engagement ring (that Diana continued to wear after her divorce) to Kate Middleton as an engagement gift. I believe that the sapphire's "holy blessings" will certainly emerge for this couple.

At the brief press conference in November 2010 officially announcing their engagement, and with their arms interlocked, William said that giving Kate that ring was "my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement. It's very special to me. As Kate's very special to me now, it was right to put the two together."]

[Sapphire image: the famous 423 carat Logan Sapphire]
[Bridal Photograph: Kristin Spencer]