The blue-chinned sapphire can be found many parts of South America, depending on season.
Origin of sapphire
- Middle English saphir from Old French safir from Latin sapphīrus from Greek sappheiros of Semitic origin Hebrew sappîr a precious stone
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old French saphir, from Latin sapphirus, from Ancient Greek á¼¡ ÏƒÎ¬Ï€Ï†ÎµÎ¹ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (hÄ“ sÃ¡ppheiros, “precious stone, gem") (2nd decl.; transliterated /sÃ¡pfiros/ in Biblos - Strong's Greek, entry 4552, sometimes spelt ÏƒÎ¬Î¼Ï†ÎµÎ¹ÏÎ¿Ï‚ in Griechisch-deutsches HandwÃ¶rterbuch or unusually hyphened as ÏƒÎ¬Ï€-Ï†ÎµÎ¹ÏÎ¿Ï‚ by Leander van Ess in "HÄ“ palaia diathÄ“kÄ“ kata tous hebdomÄ“konta" published in 1835), from a Semitic language (compare Hebrew ×¡Ö·×¤Ö´Ö¼×™×¨ (sappir) (cf. Strong's Concordance: entry 5601, probably ultimately from a non-Semitic source such as Sanskrit à¤¶à¤¨à¤¿à¤ªà¥à¤°à¤¿à¤¯ (Å›anipriya, “dear to Saturn") and dark-coloured stone (cf. Sanskrit Dictionary for Spoken Sanskrit).