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This is a natural Sapphire Crystal ( corundum ) from Sri Lanka. This shows some of the colors which are present in a sapphire naturally
Corundum or Sapphire is best known for its gem stone varieties, Ruby and Sapphires. Ruby and Sapphires are chemically the same mineral but just different in color. Ruby is the red variety where as a Sapphire is the variety that covers all other colors except Padparadscha which is a soft lotus blossom pink and extremely rare. However, the most popular and valued color of Sapphire is blue. Sapphire is generally used to describe the gem variety, otherwise it is simply called Corundum and comes in a rainbow of colors from pastel pink to rich pinks and vivid and bright yellow. Please see our pages on sapphires and unique colors.
At Sapphire Ring Co we keep a full range of colors to show how beautiful the sapphire gem stone can be in a variety of colors outside the traditional blue.
Corundum is a very hard, tough, and extremely stable . For all practical purposes, it is the hardest mineral after Diamonds, making it the second hardest mineral. It is also unaffected by acids and other chemicals. Translucent brown Corundum and Emery are the most common forms of Corundum with only commercial value and used for their abrasive qualities.
Corundum is easily synthesized, and many Corundum abrasives are synthetic. Synthetic gems are also easily created by adding traces of certain color producing elements to the Corundum solution, and letting the solution solidify into a boule, or synthetic, unprocessed "mineral" with a particular shape. This process is called the Verneuil process.
Natural Ruby and Sapphire gemstones may have their color artificially enhanced or deepened through chemical enhanced whilst being heated to extreme temperatures.
Today these treatments have become much harder to detect. Due to these complex treatments, we have all of our sapphires fully certified by the top Gem laboratories in the world for gem stone identification.
Every sapphire we have is a unique stone created by mother nature, which is cut and polished to show off that one stone's color and luster, bringing out the individual character of each gem. Once the sapphire is certified, we hand pick a unique custom ring setting to be made, which is then set by hand for that stone. It takes approximately 3 - 4 months from when a sapphire is hand picked to having the sapphire set and listed for sale at wholesale price. We do keep a wide selection of loose natural sapphires in stock which are not set, so please contact us if you have any questions on any one of our natural sapphire rings or a custom ring setting which you might be considering.
We own our offices in Sri Lanka were we personally travel to throughout the year to buy our natural Ceylon sapphires from both the mines & markets with support from our full time gem-broker their cutting out all the middle-men, this allows us to buy the finest sapphire at prices not matched by anyone. Our natural sapphire go from the mine to custom rings designed by us & made by our jewelers giving our customers both trade & private buyers unique custom sapphire rings at wholesale prices or less. Please contact us with any questions you have & see our page on “The Life of a Sapphire-http://www.sapphirerings.org/life-of-a-sapphire