Sapphire

Sapphires and Rubies are the same mineral – corundum.

When corundum is red it is called ‘Ruby’; when it is any other color it is called ‘Color” followed by ‘Sapphire”, e.g. Blue Sapphire or Pink Sapphire.

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Sapphires actually come in all colors of the rainbow, not just blue. Sapphires and Rubies are the same mineral – corundum.

When corundum is red it is called ‘Ruby’; when it is any other color it is called ‘Color” followed by ‘Sapphire”, e.g. Blue Sapphire or Pink Sapphire.

Pure Corundum is colorless; it is the trace elements that give corundums their colors. For example, iron and titanium make Sapphires blue, chromium creates the red of Ruby and the pink of Pink Sapphire, iron creates Yellow and Green Sapphires. The presence of vanadium in some stones can lead to phenomenal Color Change Sapphire.

Sapphires are routinely heated to improve their clarity and color. Finding Natural, unheated stones is relatively rare which generally makes them more valuable.

Corundums are found all over the world with principal mining locations being Sri Lanka, Burma, Madagascar, Thailand, Australia, Tanzania, Kenya, USA (Montana).

They are durable gemstones with a hardness of 9 on the Mohs Scale and can easily be used in all types of jewelry.

Sapphires are September’s birthstone and their variety of colors offers so much choice! They also celebrate the 5th and 45th Anniversaries.

We have many more colors, shapes and sizes available in Sapphire – please contact us if you don’t find what you are looking for in our online inventory.

Here is a link to GIA’s Buyer’s Guide to Sapphires:
https://www.gia.edu/sapphire#buyers-guide

click here to see a selection of Sapphires for sale

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