Sapphire is the popular name for one of the varieties of the mineral corundum.
Black Sapphire is a variety of Corundum, an aluminum oxide mineral that forms in prismatic tabular, bipyramidal or rhombohedral crystals, as well as granular or massive habits, and may be translucent to opaque. It most often forms as black or brownish-black, though sometimes may be dark green, dark brown, or gray in color. The name Corundum is of Indian origin, derived from the Sanskrit korund and applied to opaque massive gems, generally of a dull color. With the exception of Red Corundum, which is Ruby, all other colors of Corundum are Sapphires.
The most sought-after color of sapphire is blue, but green, pink and yellow stones are also popular.
Black sapphire is a nearly opaque stone whose color is so dark that it appears to absorb all light that enters the gemstone.
Sometimes, this stone also looks very dark blue or gray.
Black sapphires come mainly from Australia and are mined in large quantities. This variety of sapphire is very cheap and is considered low grade.
Because of its color, black sapphire is often confused with onyx.
Black star sapphire has a similar sounding name but is actually a different stone. It is a variety of the so-called “star sapphires” – stones that due to their unique crystal structures reflect light in the shape of a star.
Black star sapphire is mostly mined in Thailand, West Africa and India.
This stone’s black color is a result of iron and titanium traces present in the mineral. There are also black star sapphire varieties that exhibit pink and purple hues.
Unlike black sapphire, black star sapphire is a very expensive gemstone and can cost thousands of dollars. It is prized by gem lovers because of its beauty and rarity.
If you are looking for a black and opaque gemstone, black sapphire is a good choice because sapphire is extremely hard.
Because of its hardness (second only to Diamond), Sapphires are used in industrial applications such as components for watch crystals and movement bearings, scientific instruments, high-durability windows, and insulating substrates in special purpose solid state electronics.
Black Sapphire Uses and Purposes
Black Sapphire helps keep you calm in chaotic situations or with chaotic people, and makes an excellent anti-panic crystal if you are overly sensitive to others’ quarrels or during times when everything goes wrong and you have no way to put things right. It guides the intuition in determining what, if anything can be done, while still allowing others to take responsibility for problems of their own making.
Black Sapphire shields against bullying and unreasonable anger from others, and protects against fear and intimidation. It brings a calm strength in establishing boundaries, or the courage needed when it’s time to walk away.
Wear Black Sapphire for stressful or demanding careers, especially those dealing with human tragedy, such as the armed forces or rescue services to deflect negativity, sorrow, shock and horror and to allow you to deal with difficult matters in a compassionate way. It should also be kept or worn by healers who work with very sick or terminally ill patients to relate to their needs without becoming over-empathetic and taking on their symptoms and sorrows.
Black Sapphire helps adults overcome fears of the dark, but is not considered a good crystal for children. It is, however, loved by cats and may be rubbed on their paws to prevent them from straying at night. It also amplifies protection when working with nocturnal power animals.
As a professional support stone, Sapphire provides awareness of higher principles in archeologists and historians, stimulates the mind and wisdom in executives, ministers and writers, and increases discernment and good judgment in journalists and lawyers.
Black Star Sapphire is especially powerful for contacting the deceased, and in providing safe mediumship. It also guards against judgment, those with everyday jobs who are developing mediumistic or clairvoyant gifts with the hope of turning professional.
Star Sapphire is also an ideal tool for anyone needing assistance in grounding their ideas into reality and who requires extra energy to bring things through to completion.