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Sapphire

You swear only by precious stones and you love them all: Emerald, Ruby, Diamond, however Sapphires are among those you love the most. And for good reason, they have the advantage of being available in all colors, except the red color which is reserved for Ruby. Their hardness (9 on the Mohs scale), their purity, their very high brilliance, their rarity and the countless variation of colors they offer make Sapphires, stones in every way dedicated to the most beautiful works of high jewelry. crossing eras and fashions. They are gemstones and we will never cease to be surprised by the richness of their shades and what is more, because they can be two-tone, tricolor, starry, trapiche. You are a jeweler, jeweler, designer, creator, or quite simply a collector of rare gems in search of the stone which will sublimate your jewel project, or which will brilliantly complement your collection of precious stones. We offer a wide choice of natural sapphires in multiple colors and shapes, all expertly selected for their high quality and which will undoubtedly meet your expectations and desires in terms of exceptional gemstones.

Sapphire is therefore one of the four precious stones. It is a gem variety of Corundum with Ruby, as we have seen previously (the red color of Corundum designating Ruby). Its etymology comes from the ancient Greek of "sappheiros" meaning blue colored stone and from the Hebrew "sappir" meaning "the most beautiful thing". Although known mainly blue by the general public, it is found in extremely varied colors: pink, yellow, purple, colorless, orange, purple, two-tone, tricolor ... Some shades with specific names, such as the highly sought-after Saphir padparadscha of pink-purplish hue, coming from the Sinhalese and signifying color of the lotus flower. Scientifically speaking, Sapphires consist mainly of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and impurities of titanium, iron (blue color), vanadium (for the purple color), chromium (pink color) and iron (for yellow and green). Some rare specimens may also exhibit a color change such as Alexandrites and Garnets change color. Frequently and traditionally heated to enhance its color, Sapphire is the subject of many treatments more or less accepted in the world of jewelry. Indeed, certain lead glass treatments, make it possible to reconstitute Sapphires from unusable debris without this treatment, they then take the name of “Composite sapphires” and become very cheap stones, given their dimensions, which does not This is absolutely not the case with natural sapphires which remain among the most expensive stones in the world. Any good seller must specify such treatments when presenting the products, because in this case they are no longer really sapphires in the strict sense of the term, especially since this type of treatment too often produces bad stones. quality, both in appearance and durability. Sapphire is very widespread on the planet, however the deposits producing the most beautiful stones that can be used in fine jewelry are mainly from Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Brazil, Kashmir and Africa. At the beginning of the 20th century, the French chemist Auguste Verneuil, discovered a method of synthesis reproducing in the laboratory the natural conditions of formation of sapphires. This type of sapphire being called "Synthesis Verneuil" is frequently used in industry, in particular to manufacture synthetic sapphire intended for the industrial production of watch glasses, smartphone screens, camera lenses, because of their high impact resistance. and scratches.

Discover other colors of sapphires:

BLUE SAPPHIRE | PINK SAPPHIRE | YELLOW SAPPHIRECOLORLESS SAPPHIRE | SAPPHIRE CABOCHON | COLOR CHANGE SAPPHIRE | STAR SAPPHIREPARTI COLOR SAPPHIRE | ORANGE SAPPHIRE | GREEN SAPPHIRE | PURPLE SAPPHIRE

See also the following categories:

RUBY | AQUAMARINEEMERALDMORGANITEKUNZITEGARNETTOURMALINECITRINE | AMETHYST

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