The Color of Sapphire is blue - and many other colors.
When discussing sapphire we need to first talk about the mineral called
corundum. Chemically, corundum is an aluminum oxide, a very
hard mineral. Physically, corundum takes form as crystals.
Sapphire is one of the names of the mineral corundum. Ruby
is the name for red corundum. Padparadscha is sometimes used as the
name of orangeish pink corundum.
Last month's article in this space talked about spinel being added as a
birthstone for the month of August. In that article I mentioned that
spinel is a "cousin" to sapphire in many ways. In speaking of
colors I stated... "Ruby is the red version of corundum, and Sapphire
is the name given to all other colors of corundum".
The Color of Sapphire is blue to most people. There is even a shade of
pure blue that is popular in the garment and accessories industry, the
automotive industry, and other places. That color is known as Sapphire
The word sapphire is believed to have it's origins in several older
languages, including Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. In all of those languages,
it seems to be their word for BLUE.
Now that gem identification has advanced over the past hundred years or
so, now we know that corundum comes in many colors... and shades within a
The Color of Sapphire is blue today, as it was in prior times. Other
colors of what we now know to be sapphire were identified as topaz,
peridot, amethyst, or some other gem recognized at that time.
Corundum also occurs with a complete lack of color, and
also in black.
So if ruby is red corundum, and sapphire is blue corundum, what do we
call all the other colors of corundum?
As a group, other colors of corundum are known as Fancy Sapphire.
Individually, we add a descriptive word to the name. Examples include
names such as Pink Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, White Sapphire (colorless),
Purple Sapphire, and many others.
Some sapphire names may be more descriptive, such as Canary Yellow
Sapphire, Hot Pink Sapphire, and Teal Green Sapphire. The list could go on
and on, to describe the many shades of sapphire.
A rare and desirable color is Padparadscha Sapphire. It is popular in
Asian countries. The popularity and rarity of Padparadscha colored
sapphire makes it one of the more valuable sapphires.
Padparadscha Sapphire color is described as "the color of the
lotus blossom - a blend of orange and pink.
In some parts of the world Padparadscha is used alone as the name for
sapphires of this color.
The Color of Sapphire is blue when the generic name is used alone. But
to complicate matters a little more, we may add a descriptive name to some
blue sapphires. These names often are derived from where a typical gem of
that shade has historically been found. Examples include Kashmir Sapphire
(from the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan), and Ceylon Sapphire (from
The Color of Sapphire is blue - and many other colors. With so many
color and shade choices, everyone looking for a nice gemstone should be
able to find one that appeals to them.
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Next - White Sapphire (Thailand)
Next - Yellow Sapphire (East Africa)
Next - Pink Sapphire (Vietnam)
Next - Padparadscha Sapphire (Sri Lanka)
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A Google search for links or images using keywords such as
cornflower blue sapphire or burma ruby
sanctions can return some very interesting information and websites.
We have other shapes, sizes, and
shades of gems available.
We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough
worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.
Gem Industry News
Burma Ruby and Jadeite Sanctions
Credit: Grogan & Company
Since 2003 the U.S. government has prohibited the importation of some gem
materials from Burma (Myanmar) through a combination of legislation and
Presidential Executive Orders.
In 2003 the ban was strengthened by specifically targeting the two most
valuable gems from Burma... ruby and jadeite.
Over the past several years Burma has made significant progress towards
democracy. The recent visit by President Obama to that country has fueled
expectation that the ban on importing these gems will be lifted soon.
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