Do You Know the True Colour of a Sapphire?
Posted on 27 July 2017
Traditionally, the corundum, better known as the sapphire, is the precious stone shown as having a deep blue shade. But, in reality, blue is just one of many shades in which this fascinating jewel can occur. So let's admire together the other colours of the sapphire, the second hardest mineral after the diamond.
The most popular colour for sapphires is blue, which represents loyalty, strength and truth. They come in all shades, from the pale sky-like blue to the dark, almost black blue.
Pink sapphires can be found in an array of shades: from pale pink to intense magenta and purple.This variety is quickly rising in popularity as many choose this stone for their engagement rings.
Because of their resemblance to yellow diamonds and having some famous owners, yellow sapphires are very trendy at the moment. Their yellow hues is given by trace element iron.
Green sapphires are extremely rare and virtually unknown to the public even though they are more brilliant than the emerald and more durable and much harder than the tourmaline and peridot.
The word padparadscha is derived from the Sinhalese (language spoken in Sri Lanka) word for aquatic lotus blossom, which has an unusual salmon colour, a boundary colour between pink and orange. It is not very well know by the general public, but highly appreciated by the connoisseurs.
There are also red corundums (sapphire) which are actually called rubies.
Image credits: The Natural Sapphire Company