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Sapphire is thought to make the melancholy cheerful and maintain the power or vigor of the body. The stone helps the eyes, boils, rheumatism, and colic. The high priest of Egypt wore a sapphire upon his shoulder, and Aelian says that it was called truth. The Buddhists still ascribe a sacred magical power to it, and hold that it reconciles man to God. The sapphire is a good amulet against fear, promoting the flow of animal spirits, hindering argue and gout, promoting chastity, and preventing eyes from being affected by smallpox. (see Gem Healing) A.G.H.
Sources: 70, 197; 81, 347.