This name derives from the Ancient Greek “sáppheiros (σάπφειρος)”, from the Hebrew “sappı̂yr”, meaning “blue stone, sapphire, lapis lazuli”. The color of fine blue sapphires may be described as a vivid medium dark violet to purplish blue where the primary blue hue is at least 85% and the secondary hue no more than 15%, without the least admixture of a green secondary hue or a gray mask. 1) Ananias and his wife Sapphira were, according to the Acts of the Apostles, members of the Early Christian church in Jerusalem. The account records their sudden deaths after being accused of lying to the apostles about money. 2) Sappho was a Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Lesbos. The Alexandrians included her in the list of nine lyric poets.