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Sapphire


Sapphire (Heb. sappir), a precious stone, apparently of a bright-blue color, see Ex. 24:10; the second stone in the second row of the high priest’s breast-plate, Ex. 28:18; extremely precious, Job 28:16; it was one of the precious stones that ornamented the king of Tyre. Ezek. 28:13. The sapphire of the ancients was not our gem of that name, viz. the azure or indigo-blue, crystalline variety of corundum, but our lapis lazuli (ultra-marine).