Sapphire and ruby are almost the same mineral because they fall in the category of corundum. All members of the corundum family are aluminum oxide, which in its pure state is colourless. But you might be thinking how does the colour appear, the one you see at stores. Are they artificial? Well, the colours are brought about by various impurities such as chromium, iron and titanium.
Knowing the corundum
The red colour is caused by chromium, and is popularly known as ruby. Other colours which come in corundum are known as sapphire. Within the sapphire group, there is another colour distinction – one that comes in blue colour (popularly known as classic blue sapphire). The others are known as fancy sapphire which comes in pink, yellow, green, violet and white.
Among the fancy sapphires, yellow sapphire looks distinctive and the colour comes from iron. It has become much popular with gemstone buyers. The more affordable yellow sapphire has become an attractive substitute for those unwilling to pay the exorbitant prices for yellow diamond. Since it also has excellent brilliance and hardness, it has also become a fashionable choice as a centre stone for women’s silver jewellery and engagement rings.
Significance in astrology
Another reason for the popularity of yellow sapphire is that this gemstone has a special place in the Vedic astrology. According to the prehistoric Vedic tradition, there are nine gemstones that are thought to have special significance in human life. They are ruby, pearl, coral, emerald, yellow sapphire, diamond, blue sapphire, chrysoberyl cat’s eye and hessonite garnet. These nine gemstones are thought to correspond with planetary activity and astrological entities. Considering this significance, yellow sapphire is also worn with women’s diamond jewellery.
The key to wisdom
Yellow sapphire is thought to bring wealth and prosperity to a home. It is said to stimulate the intellect and improve overall focus on career. People aspiring to political and administrative positions should wear yellow sapphire to bring good fortune. It is also said that those who encounter obstructions in the progress of their education or suffer from loss of property should wear yellow sapphire. Furthermore, (scientifically proven) it even aids in the elimination of impurities from the body and stimulates the lymphatic system.
Yellow sapphire comes in a range of hues, from the palest yellow/lemon, to honey and yellowish orange. Fancy sapphire can also be seen embedded with women’s gold jewellery in UK.