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नीलम (Neelam)


The name "Sapphire" finds its roots in the Latin word "sapphirus" and the Greek word "sappheiros", both meaning blue. This gemstone has captivated hearts with its deep blue allure for centuries


In Sanskrit, Blue Sapphire is known as "Neelam" or "Indraneel", reflecting its deep blue hue and its celestial connection.

"नीलम इन्द्रस्य मणिकम् प्रसादप्रतिष्ठितम्।"

"Neelam, the gem of Lord Indra, is endowed with divine blessings."

This verse, found is in ancient Indian texts

The Enigmatic Jewel of Saturn


Blue Sapphire, the gem of truth and protection, is linked with the planet Saturn (Shani Dev). It symbolizes discipline, wisdom, and protection from malefic forces

Color: Deep blue to violet-blue
Hardness: 9 on the Mohs scale.
Lustre: Vitreous.
Transparency: Transparent to opaque.
Refractive Index: 1.762 - 1.778.


Blue Sapphire belongs to the Corundum family, with its chemical composition being aluminum oxide (Al2O3). The blue color is typically due to the presence of iron and titanium


Heat treatment is a common practice to enhance the color and clarity of Blue Sapphires. This is widely accepted in the gemstone industry


The finest Blue Sapphires come from Kashmir, followed by Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, and other regions. Kashmiri Sapphires are renowned for their intense blue color and velvety texture

Blue Sapphire, the majestic gem of Saturn, is believed to bring clarity, protection, and wisdom to its wearer. When worn with reverence and belief, it can provide a shield against negativity and guide you towards a disciplined and enlightened path

Blue Sapphire

Blue sapphire removes evil effects of Saturn. Blue Sapphires appease Lord Shani. Those who have a weak Saturn in their horoscopes and those suffering from the evil effects of Saturn due to unfavourable Shani dasa and bhukthi, Sade Sati, Jenma Shani, Ardha Ashtama Shani, Kenda Shani, and Ashtama Shani will benefit greatly. It has long been the favourite among priests and kings, who considered it symbol of wisdom and purity.


Sapphire is a precious gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum, consisting of aluminium oxide (α-Al2O3) with trace amounts of elements such as iron, titanium, cobalt, lead, chromium, vanadium, magnesium, boron, and silicon. The name sapphire is derived via the Latin sapphirus from the Greek sappheiros (σάπφειρος), which referred to lapis lazuli. It is typically blue, but natural "fancy" sapphires also occur in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors; "parti sapphires" show two or more colors. Red corundum stones also occur, but are called rubies rather than sapphires. Pink-colored corundum may be classified either as ruby or sapphire depending on locale. Commonly, natural sapphires are cut and polished into gemstones and worn in jewelry. They also may be created synthetically in laboratories for industrial or decorative purposes in large crystal boules. Because of the remarkable hardness of sapphires – 9 on the Mohs scale (the third hardest mineral, after diamond at 10 and moissanite at 9.5) – sapphires are also used in some non-ornamental applications, such as infrared optical components, high-durability windows, wristwatch crystals and movement bearings, and very thin electronic wafers, which are used as the insulating substrates of special-purpose solid-state electronics such as integrated circuits and GaN-based blue LEDs. Sapphire is the birthstone for September and the gem of the 45th anniversary. A sapphire jubilee occurs after 65 years

"भव्यरत्नं: कर्मणा निर्मितं, आत्मा-ज्ञानं सहितं। दैवीयं सूक्ष्मदृष्टिरत्नं, प्राप्तिसाधनं शुभाकृत्।"

Blue Sapphire: The Gem of Destiny and Spiritual Insight

According to the sacred texts, the Jyotish Gemstone associated with Saturn or Shani is the Blue Sapphire. Saturn's influence is profound, capable of swiftly altering the fortune of its native from one extreme to another. It possesses the power to elevate an underprivileged individual to prosperity, yet conversely, it can also lead to a decline in fortunes. Saturn is believed to have the ability to alleviate sickness or, in contrast, cause harm and even death through accidents and various other means. Consequently, wearing Saturn's gem requires extreme caution, and observing his Puja is crucial to avoid invoking his wrath.


Saturn is characterized as impartial, lethargic, inactive, and malefic. This planet, representing darkness and confinement, governs the skeleton, skin, nervous system, and the process of aging. Individuals influenced by Saturn tend to exhibit qualities such as reserve, reflection, rebelliousness, and patience. Saturn is symbolically depicted riding a crow, a scavenger bird. In one hand, he holds a sword representing lawlessness and terrorism, while in another hand, he wields a trident symbolizing the destructive forces associated with Shiva. His third hand clutches a mace symbolizing strength and material power, and in his fourth hand, he holds the reins of the crow. The intricate symbolism underscores the multifaceted nature of Saturn's influence


Blue sapphire, with its deep blue allure and spiritual connotations, continues to be a gem of profound significance in Indian culture and astrology. Whether worn for astrological reasons or cherished for its timeless beauty, blue sapphire is believed to bring positive energies and spiritual insights to those who wear it

Origin Stories in Indian Sanskrit Texts

Blue sapphire, known as "Neelam" in Sanskrit, has a fascinating history deeply ingrained in Indian mythology. According to ancient Sanskrit texts, blue sapphires are often associated with the planet Saturn (Shani). In Hindu mythology, the "Kurma Purana" describes the story of Lord Vishnu using his discus (Sudarshan Chakra), which had a blue sapphire embedded in it, to defeat the demon Hayagriva. This association with divine weapons and cosmic forces contributes to the spiritual significance of blue sapphires

Meaning of the Name

The term "sapphire" is derived from the Latin word "sapphirus," meaning blue. In Sanskrit, blue sapphire is called "Neelam," reflecting its intense blue colour, reminiscent of the vastness of the sky

Why Wear a Blue Sapphire

 In Vedic astrology, blue sapphire is considered the gemstone of Saturn, and wearing it is believed to mitigate the malefic effects of Saturn in one's birth chart. It is thought to bring discipline, focus, and spiritual insight. Blue sapphire is also associated with abundance, prosperity, and protection, making it a sought-after gem for those seeking stability and growth

How to Wear a Blue Sapphire

Blue sapphires are typically set in silver, white gold, or platinum, and are often worn as rings or pendants. To maximize the gem's positive effects, it is advisable to wear it on the middle finger of the right hand. The gemstone should touch the skin to facilitate the flow of energy. Astrologers often recommend wearing blue sapphire on a Saturday during the waxing moon cycle (Shukla Paksha)

How to Buy a Blue Sapphire

When purchasing blue sapphire, the colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight are essential considerations. The most prized blue sapphires exhibit a deep, vivid blue colour with good transparency. Inclusions are acceptable as long as they do not impact the gem's overall beauty. It is crucial to buy blue sapphire from reputable sources and demand certification from recognized gemmological laboratories

When to Wear a Blue Sapphire

Blue sapphire is often recommended for individuals undergoing the period of Saturn (Shani Mahadasha) in their birth chart or facing challenges associated with Saturn's influence. It is also suitable for those seeking spiritual growth, discipline, and protection. However, astrological consultation is recommended before wearing blue sapphire to ensure compatibility with one's birth chart

Different Names of Blue Sapphire Gemstone

Blue Sapphire is referred to as Neelam in Sanskrit. Common Indian names include Indraneel, Nelashma, Neelaratna, Neelamani, Shaniratna, and Shanipriya. In Persian, it is known as Yakoot or Kabood

Mantra - Sacred Chants for Energizing Blue Sapphire

There are two main mantras to energize Blue Sapphire:


   “ऊँ शं नो देवीरभिष्टय आपो भवन्तु पीतये। शं योरभि स्त्रवन्तु नः॥“


   “Om Shanno Devirabhishtaya Aapo Bhavantu Peetaye

     Shanyorbhiravantumah Shanaishcharaaya Namah”



  “ॐ प्रां प्रीं प्रौं सः शनैश्चराय नमः॥“

  Om Praam Preem Proum Sah: Shanishcharay Namah

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