Sapphire Gems


Sapphire gems derive their name from the Greek sappheiros - blue stone.

It belongs to the corundum family of mineral, so it is sister to the Ruby.





Blue is the most converted colour of the Sapphire, the brightest of mid to royal-blue commanding the highest price, though from a collector’s view the orange Padmaraga romps home easily in second place.

This flower-garden of gems occur in purple, violet, clear-white, orange, brown, green, darkest of blue, black and a combination of multi-colours in one stone.

 sapphire crystals
 By Eelco via Flickr.com

Pink Sapphires change their name to Ruby as the colour deepens. Star Sapphires are awe inspiring.

 sapphire stone
 
By Jeff-o-matic via Flickr.com

Because of the remarkable hardness of Sapphires they are used in many non-ornamental applications, including infrared optical components and fine surgical blades.

 sapphire stones
 By Orbital Joe via Flickr.com

Sapphires are mined primary from underground workings in Burma, Madacaska, Sri Lanka, Australia, America, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Africa and China.

 sapphire gems
 
By the justified sinner via Flickr.com

Russia’s Catherine the Great favoured a Sapphire which weighed a massive 337 ct.

 sapphire gemstones
 
By the justified sinner via Flickr.com

Queen Marie Antoinette wore a seven-piece jewellery set containing approximately 29 sapphires, of which 18 are stones of perhaps 20 ct or more.

 sapphire gemstone
 
By gemteck1 via Flickr.com

Natural corundum crystals are usually a barrel-shaped prismatic form or a tapering spindle-shape.

 sapphire gem
 By Katrina Br*?#*!@nd via Flickr.com

This page was written by Magda Palmer, a gemmologist and the author of The Healing Power of Crystals, Precious Stones and Feng Shui Student Manual, which I highly recommend.













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