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Prince Aemond Targaryen with his sapphire eye, by DarklyGreen ©

Sapphires are blue gemstones prized as ornamentation.


The Summer Isles are rich in gemstones, including sapphires.[1]

Tarth is called the Sapphire Isle,[2][3] but it has no such gemstones. The name is from the blue of its waters.[4]

Tobho Mott wears a sapphire as large as a pigeon's egg, on a heavy silver chain around his neck.[5]

Prince Joffrey Baratheon has a slim coronet made of gold and sapphires.[6]

Ser Loras Tyrell decorates his silver armor with tiny sapphires to represent forget-me-nots.[7]

Illyrio Mopatis has rings set with sapphires among the many on his fingers.[8][9]

Lady Lysa Arryn has a necklace of sapphires and moonstones.[10][11]

Ser Wylis Manderly clasps his cloak with a silver-and-sapphire trident.[12]

Dagmer Cleftjaw has rings set with chunks of sapphire, garnet, and dragonglass.[13]


Shiera Seastar and her favorite emerald and sapphire necklace, by Hylora ©

The legendary Symeon Star-Eyes was a knight who lost both of his eyes. He replaced them by putting star sapphires in the empty sockets, or so the singers claim.[14]

The Summer Isles engaged in trade with the Valyrian Freehold, sending them gemstones (including sapphires) and other rare and exotic resources, in exchange for gold, iron, tin, and other metals.[1]

Prince Aemond Targaryen replaced his missing eye with a sapphire.[15]

In 134 AC, when Lord Alyn Velaryon returned to King's Landing after the first of his great voyages, young Queen Daenaera Velaryon presented him with heavy golden chain studded with sapphires.[16]

Shiera Seastar's favorite piece of jewelry was a heavy silver necklace, with alternating star sapphires and emeralds, that complemented her mismatched eyes — one dark blue, the other bright green.[17]

In 284 AC, when Cersei Lannister wed King Robert I Baratheon, her uncle Gerion gave Robert a gilded dagger with an ivory grip and a sapphire pommel.[18]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

When the bodies of rangers Othor and Jafer Flowers are found by the Night's Watch, their eyes appear to be blue as sapphires, though they were not that color before. The corpses later rise as wights.[19]

A Storm of Swords

To protect Brienne of Tarth, Ser Jaime Lannister tells Urswyck that Tarth is known as the Sapphire Isle. Unaware the island is so named because of the color of its waters instead of being rich in gemstones, the Brave Companions expect that Lord Selwyn Tarth will pay a large ransom for his daughter.[4][20]

A Feast for Crows

Euron Greyjoy's Silence returns to the Iron Islands with holds full of treasure, including sapphires big as eggs.[21]

Arya Stark imagines the House of Black and White has treasure chambers full of precious metals and gemstones, including sapphires as blue as the sea.[22]

Lord Robert Arryn wears a chain of gold and sapphires.[23]

When Brienne of Tarth and her companions are captured by the brotherhood without banners and about to be hanged, she attempts to save her squire, Podrick Payne, by claiming her father will ransom him for sapphires, but they do not care.[24]

A Dance with Dragons

When the free folk pass through the Wall, the tribute collected from them includes a broken sword with three sapphires in its hilt.[25]


Blue as the sea where my lord has won his victories.[16]

See that you don't break any bones. The horse-faced bitch is worth her weight in sapphires.[4]

Secrets are worth more than silver or sapphires, Varys claimed.[26]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Summer Isles.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: The Men of the Stormlands.
  3. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 1, Jaime I.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 32, Arya III.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I.
  10. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
  13. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 37, Theon III.
  14. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.
  15. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.
  17. So Spake Martin: Shiera Seastar (March 7, 2006)
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
  19. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 52, Jon VII.
  20. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 31, Jaime IV.
  21. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  22. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
  23. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
  24. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 42, Brienne VIII.
  25. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 58, Jon XII.
  26. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.