Blue is the main color of the sapphire. Blue is also the favorite color of some 50 per cent of all people, men and women alike. We associate this color, strongly linked to the sapphire as it is, with feelings of sympathy and harmony, friendship and loyalty: feelings which belong to qualities that prove their worth in the long term – feelings in which it is not so much effervescent passion that is to the fore, but rather composure, mutual understanding and indestructible trust. Its beauty, its magnificent colors, its transparency, but also its constancy and durability are qualities associated with this gemstone-by-gemstone lovers and specialists alike. (This does not only apply to the blue sapphire, but more of that later on). The sapphire belongs to the corundum group, the members of which are characterized by their excellent hardness (9 on the Moh's scale). Indeed their hardness is exceeded only by that of the diamond – and the diamond is the hardest mineral on Earth! Thanks to that hardness, sapphires are easy to look after, requiring no more than the usual care on the part of the wearer.
If we talk of the sapphire, most gemstone aficionados think immediately of a velvety blue. It's a versatile color that becomes favorite of many wearers. A blue sapphire fits in best with a well-balanced lifestyle in which reliability and temperament run together and there is always a readiness to encounter things new – as with the woman who wears it. Almost only insiders knew the fact that this magnificent gemstone also comes in a large number of other colors for a long time. In the trade, sapphires, which are not blue, are referred to as 'fancies'. In order to make it easier to differentiate between them, they are referred to not only by their gemstone name but also by a description of their color.
"Dressed in blue, dark blue in color, who has four arms, the son of the Sun, who appears fearful, whose nature is peaceful, whose vehicle is an ox, who moves slow, who carries a trident, bow and mace in his hands, with a blue sapphire crest jewel on his head, making the gesture that gives boons, may Divine Saturn ever grant us his grace."
Blue Sapphire (Neelam) should never be worn without a trial. An unblemished blue Sapphire, if it suits the wearer can remove poverty and provide health, wealth, longevity, happiness, prosperity, name and fame. It also restores lost wealth and property.
A blemished Sapphire (Neelam) is the cause of many miseries. If the Sapphire (Neelam) has white lines on it, it is bad for the eyes. The whitish (milky) stone brings poverty. A cracked blue sapphire brings accidents to the native. The dual colored stone may cause troubles from the enemy side. The dull colored Sapphire (Neelam) causes distress and worries to near and dear ones.
There are also following beliefs about this stone:
If the Sapphire (Neelam) is put in water and the same water is used to wash the scorpion bite, the effect of the poison is removed immediately.
If the Sapphire (Neelam) is worn as a talisman, it gives protection from evil spirits.
The Sapphire forewarns its owner by changing its color if there is any conspiracy or threat of an attack on him by his or her enemies.