Orange Sapphire Meanings and Uses
Your On-Line Guide to
The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties,
Legendary Uses and Meaning
and Padparadscha Sapphire
Introduction to the Meaning and Uses of Orange Sapphire
The enduring and alluring Sapphire forms in more colors than just the legendary blue. Each color exhibits its own unique metaphysical properties and vibrational patterns, yet all are Stones of Wisdom. They honor the higher mind, bringing intuition, clarity and self-mastery. Worn throughout the ages for protection, good fortune and spiritual insight, Sapphires are not only symbols of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.
Orange Sapphires, including Padparadscha Sapphires, bring the wisdom of loving creation from the heart to the world. Their joyful orange energies activate the Sacral Chakra, the seat of one’s sexual energy and the fountain of creativity. They align the will to create with the heart, encouraging one to revel in life’s sensory experiences and in the expression of ideas and artistic truths. Orange Sapphires and Padparadschas are solar stones, bringing warmth and physical comfort, and are connected to Mars, the planet of action. They impart vitality and strength of purpose, lending the ability to move forward with endeavors or stand firm in opposition. [Simmons, 342][Ahsian, 342]
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 transparent to opaque. 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. [Simmons, 339][www.mindat.org]
Orange Sapphire owes its color to the additional trace elements of chromium and iron in its formation, and ranges in hue from pale orange to a vivid reddish-orange, or a deep orange with brownish overtones. Though once considered an obscure and underestimated gem, it has recently gained in popularity for its rarity and beautiful fashion color. Orange Sapphires are not mined in great quantities, so even stones with slight to moderate inclusions are still valuable gems. [www.thenaturalsapphirecompany.com][www.palagems.com]
Padparadscha Sapphire, sometimes called Orange Sapphire, is a gem variety of Corundum with a unique salmon hue that ranges from a very pale pinkish-orange to a more vibrant orange with pink overtones. For decades collectors, dealers and gemologists have debated the issue of how pink or orange a stone in this category can be and whether some stones are too dark to qualify to be a Padparadscha. To date there is no agreeable standard for the color range. The name is derived from the Sanskrit/Sinhalese padma raga, meaning “Lotus color” and refers to the orange/pink color, similar to the Lotus flower. Natural Padparadscha is among the rarest and most highly prized varieties of Sapphire and has become a collector’s item, often bought as quickly as it is found. [Simmons, 339, 341-342] [www.wikipedia.com][www.ajsgem.com][www.mindat.org][thenaturalsapphirecompany.com]
Star Sapphires are created when Corundum is intergrown with fibrous inclusions of Rutile, called “silk,” that reflects light in stones cut en cabochon as a six-rayed, sometimes twelve-rayed star that appears to glide across the face of the gem as it is moved. This effect is called asterism and increases the rarity and value of the stone. [Simmons, 345][Eason, 365][Mella, 104]
Star Sapphire has the same metaphysical properties as the color of Sapphire it appears in, with an enhanced energy and intensification of those properties. The star itself represents the manifestation of Divine knowledge and Light into denser reality, and reminds us that the outer manifestations we treasure are a reflection of the Light of our own essence. The three lines that cross in the six-rayed star represent faith, hope and destiny, sometimes associated with three angels who offer protection to those who wear Star Sapphire. The moving star brings ongoing safety to travelers and guides their way home. [Ahsian, 345][Simmons, 345][Eason, 365]
Orange Sapphire Uses and Purposes
Orange and Padparadscha Sapphires are empowering stones for artists, writers, singers and all who wish to express their deepest truth in creative expressions. They facilitate Divine inspiration and assist in bringing one’s spiritual vision into manifestation. [Ahsian, 342]
Orange and Padparadscha Sapphires exude life-force and are powerful crystals for enhancing sexual energy and desire, and increasing fertility. [Ahsian, 343]
Sapphire is exceptional for calming and focusing the mind, allowing the release of mental tension and unwanted thoughts. It encourages opening the mind to beauty and intuition, bringing lightness and joy as it restores balance within the body. [Melody, 584][Hall, 253]
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. [Mella, 129-133]
Star Sapphire, especially in paler shades, is a symbol of wise and honest leadership, and a good stone for businesswomen and female entrepreneurs who wish to succeed without compromising integrity. [Eason, 365] It 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. [Simmons, 345]
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. [www.widipedia.org]
Orange Sapphire Healing Therapies - Overview
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Orange Sapphire Physical Healing Energy
Orange and Padparadscha Sapphires are useful for both sexes in enhancing sex drive and increasing sexual pleasure. They are also powerful stones for increasing fertility. [Ahsian, 343]
Sapphire calms overactive body systems and aids in regulation of the glands. It is beneficial in treating blood disorders and alleviates excessive bleeding; it strengthens the veins and improves their elasticity. [Hall, 253]
Orange Sapphire Emotional Healing Energy
Orange and Padparadscha Sapphires bring a vital energy to the emotions, allowing one to be more outgoing and dynamic, playful and full of joy. They allow one to better express their feelings to others. [Ahsian, 342]
Orange and Padparadscha Sapphires are particularly helpful in overcoming negative sexual experiences from the past, and in developing healthier attitudes regarding one’s sexual energy. They bring more confidence and creativity in expressing one’s passion. [Ahsian, 342-343]
Star Sapphires of any hue are excellent healing crystals for those with an inferiority complex, are afraid of socializing or speaking out, or who have been told they were useless. They also lend support in following a childhood dream or ambition that seems almost impossible. [Eason, 365]
Orange and Padparadscha Sapphires are highly activating and purifying to the Sacral Chakra, or Second Chakra, located below the naval and above the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis. It controls the flow of energy and is the center of gravity of the body. It is the center of the Life Force of the body, and controls the flow of information from the body to the mind and from the mind to the body. Gut feelings, intuition, and other "non-linear" communication comes from this chakra. When it is out of balance the symptoms manifest themselves as confusion, over dependency on others, repression of feelings, inability to feel joy, fear of sensuality or sex, and frustration. When the Sacral Chakra is in balance one has grace, feels pleasure in life, and experiences the flexibility to "go with the flow" and do so in good spirit.
The Padparadscha’s pink color energy also stimulates the Heart Chakra located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment, and helps in our relationships.
Orange Sapphire Spiritual Energy
Sapphire is a stone of spiritual power and astuteness, bringing prosperity and helping to sustain the gifts of life. It tends to focus, emanate and radiate its energy in fulfilling dreams and desires of the consciousness, even without conscious initiation. [Gienger, 77][Melody, 584-585]
Orange and Padparadscha Sapphires are crystals of bliss, rapture and surrender to the eternal Creator. They stimulate higher vision, opening the mind for inspiration by Divine revelations, communications and experiences. They ensure that one’s creative expressions are aligned with the heart, and the manifestations serve only the highest good in the world. [Ahsian, 342]
Sapphires with Orange color energy bring joy and friendship, pleasure, and family togetherness. They are happy and sharing stones, integrating the parts of our communal lives, bringing things and people together. They embody physical pleasure and intimacy. In lighter shades, Orange Sapphires promote companionship and affection, while darker crystals deepen the sense of belonging and home.
In addition to Orange color energy, Padparadscha Sapphire carries the Pink ray of influence, bringing determination, commitment, and caring. This color calms feelings of anger or resentment, and can aid efforts to meditate and reflect. Pink is the color of new love, new romance and new relationships. It increases developing sensuality, and can help overcome heartache, aiding in the improvement of our caring and loving abilities.Â
Padparadscha, whose name refers to the Lotus blossom, is an excellent meditative tool for discovering “the jewel in the lotus.” For this meditation, Robert Simmons in The Book of Stones suggests placing a pendant or unset gem of Padparadscha at the navel, or a couple of inches below, to energize the Second Chakra. Visualize this chakra as a Lotus flower the color of the stone, and focus more deeply on the flower until the jewel at its center is found. Then go within the jewel to its heart, to discover the fiery nugget of pure consciousness and life force, and merge with it. [Simmons, 342]
Dreaming of Sapphire indicates escape from danger. [Kunz, 358]
Orange Sapphire varies in color from pale to dark orange, and Padparadscha includes pink influences. If your birthday falls in any of the following periods, an Orange Sapphire or Padparadscha of the color listed can be a valuable conduit to your Guardian Angel. The table also provides the name of the Guardian Angel of those born in the time period.
There are other Angels that are partial to Orange Sapphire. The table below gives you the information about them.
Padparadscha Sapphire may be used to honor Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of Childbirth.
All Sapphires honor Juterna, the Roman Goddess of the Brooks and Ponds, and Turan, the Etruscan Goddess of Love and Beauty.
Star Sapphire honors Gendenwitha, the Morning Star Goddess of the Iroquois.
There are several ways to find an appropriate birthstone. The traditional one is listed first. These are from the popular lists that most people are familiar with. The second way is to find your natural birthstone by the color wheel of life. You can click on the Natural Birthstone graphic below to learn more. Finally many people use the traditional stones of the Zodiac.
In this section you will find information on all three approaches.
Sapphire is the traditional birthstone of September. Historically, it was the birthstone of April.
Sapphire which is orange in color is one of the true birthstones of those born at the end of summer (August 22 - September 22). Orange crystals bring you joy, friendship, pleasure, and family togetherness.
Sapphire is a zodiac stone for those born in the heart of spring under the sign of Taurus, from April 20 - May 20. Taurus is depicted as a bull because of its characteristics of being strong but quiet, and is ruled by the planet Venus that also rules Libra. Taureans are known for being "down to Earth," the doers and the realists. They are affectionate, known for their tempers and very stubborn.
Sapphire is a Seeker Transformer crystal. Seekers contain a crystal energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind to find the way to new horizons and new capabilities. They’re pointers, directors, and compasses; the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, wanderer, and explorer. They’re also crystals of the student and the researcher.
Transformer crystals enhance efforts to change our situations, prospects, health, outlook or relationships. By transforming ourselves we transform our lives. We learn to dance, speak a new language, grow stronger, or become a better spouse or child. Seeker crystals with the earth power of the Transformer are excellent talismans to aid our efforts to grow, develop new capabilities and change our lives.
Orange and Padparadscha Sapphires utilize Fire Energy, the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion - of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family. Use orange crystals as an accent and as an accessory in rooms where high energy is needed.
Orange Sapphire in Ancient Lore and Legend
In antiquity, Diamonds and Rubies were divided by the Hindus into four castes, or classes, and being a Corundum of unique reddish hue, Padparadscha was called the Oriental Ruby, a Brahmin of the highest caste. The possession of a padmaraga, or Brahmin Ruby, conferred perfect safety upon the owner, and as long as he owned this precious stone he could dwell without fear in the midst of enenmies and was shielded from bad fortune. However, great care had to be taken to keep this Ruby of the first class from contact with inferior specimens, as its virtue would be contaminated and its power for good diminished accordingly. [Kunz, 102-103]
Though many of the Sapphires were appropriated by other names and little is written concerning them, they were well-known and highly valued in the ancient world, used by the Etruscans over 2,500 years ago and prized in ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt. [Simmons, 339] The term “Sapphire” with no color prefix attached to it refers to the Blue Sapphire and has an extensive history of legends and lore, much of which appears on our Blue Sapphire page. Other colors of Sapphire were called the same name as a popular gemstone of that color with the term “Oriental” added, thus the Oriental Amethyst was actually a Violet Sapphire, the Oriental Emerald was a Green Sapphire, and an Oriental Topaz was a Yellow Sapphire. Padparadscha was an Oriental Ruby, while Pink Sapphire was a Ruby that had not yet “ripened.” Others may simply have been mistaken for another mineral or were discovered too recently to have historical reference. [Fernie, 127, 163, 169][www.minerals.net][Kunz, 102]
The symbols [ ] enclose the author's name and a page number for a reference cited from the following books:
[Ahsian, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).
[Altman, pp.] Jennifer Altman, Gem and Stone: Jewelry of Earth, Sea, and Sky. (San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 2012)
[Eason, pp. ]Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010).
[Fernie, pp.] William T. Fernie, The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones (Blauvelt, NY: Rudolph Steiner Publications, 1973).
[Gienger, pp.] Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals (Scotland: Earthdancer Books, 2009).
[Hall, pp.] Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003).
[Hall 2, pp.]Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009).
[Kunz, pp.] George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971).
[Megemont, pp.] Florence Megemont, The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2008).
[Mella, pp.] Dorothee L. Mella, Stone Power II (Albuquerque, NM: Brotherhood of Life, Inc., 1986).
[Melody, pp.] Melody, Love Is In The Earth (Wheat Ridge, CO: Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995).
[Raphaell, pp.] Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment (Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1985)
[Simmons, pp.] Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007).