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Different Types of Sapphire

Sapphires are some of our favorite subjects to work with!

Did you know that Sapphires are actually one of the most durable, naturally occurring gemstones in the world?

That’s right! This resilient stunner is actually a contender for the diamond’s popularity due to its hardiness. But that is not the only reason that sapphires are a top pick for many jewelry enthusiasts. Find out more about this popular gemstone and why we love working on it in this short article?

What is a Sapphire?

The scientific name for sapphire crystals is actually Corundum – an aluminum oxide material with a hexagonal crystal structure. This tough gemstone comes second highest on the Mohs scale, losing only to the Diamond in terms of its mineral hardness. Just like the world’s most popular stone, Sapphires are also used in commercial and industrial applications.

While known for its striking royal blue color, Sapphires actually come in a variety of colors. Though they are all structurally the same when put through the refractive index test ( a test which analyzes how a crystal separates the spectrum of light), the color of a Sapphire is determined by the mineral traces within the conundrum crystal.

According to the Natural Sapphire Company, Blue Sapphires achieve their regal color based on titanium traces. On the other hand, chromium presence within the conundrum will yield a rosy tint, such as in the sapphires sourced from Madagascar. More irregular chemical compositions may lead to rare colorations, such as yellow, or lime green like the yellow sapphires found in Sri Lanka.

This unique influence in design is one factor which makes the sapphire a special wonder of nature— because nature itself is the deciding factor for a sapphire’s content and subsequent appearance.

What Do Sapphires Represent?

As the Virgo Birthstone, sapphires are often associated with purity, serenity, wisdom, and finally, creativity. However, royals and nobility often use the stone to propose in place of diamonds. This is because of its higher rarity and the regal blue color from the prevalence of titanium pigmentation.

Scroll down to see some shots of our favorite Sapphire shoots from clients!

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