Today, I want to tell you more about Sapphire, which is in the Corundum family. Most commonly thought of as blue, sapphire actually comes in a variety of colors. What we know of as a Ruby is a red Sapphire. A pinkish orange one is a Padparadscha Sapphire, which means “Lotus Flower.” Red is caused by chromium, and blue is caused by iron.
Sapphire has a hardness of 9 making it a very tough gem. It is found in Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar. The most desired ones used to come from India, and in the 1800’s, sapphire was also found in Montana.
The largest cut Sapphire is 536 ct. and is located in the American Museum of Natural History. Two famous Sapphires are also part of the English Crown Jewels. All in all, this is a gorgeous gem that we love designing into jewelry. We have great selection here for you to see in person!