Corundum is the scientifically named gemstone known as sapphire, one of four precious gems. The sapphire is a crystallized pure aluminum oxide. Corundum or sapphires need heat and pressure as the catalysts to create it, with the presence of small iron or iron particles, the stone gets its color, with a wide spectrum of shades from dark navy to almost white blue. However, there are also white, yellow, pink, and black stones. These are referred to as “fancy” sapphires.
Many of these elegant blue gemstones come from various parts of Asia, like Sri Lanka, India, Australia and Thailand. The genuine ceylon sapphire, is the one that is second to diamonds in their hardness. The Ceylon sapphire is mined primarily in the location of the world’s oldest mines formerly known as Ceylon at Sri Langka, known for their unique color that occurs naturally, making the color of the stone to vary. The genuine Ceylon sapphires’ color are slightly greenish blue to violet blue and has a Mohs’ hardness rating of 9. This strength makes them an excellent choice of jewelry because of their durability.
Meanwhile a majority of the blue variety come from Australia and Thailand, and the most coveted gems, the one with pure rich shades of blue. come from Kashmir and Burma. Kashmir and Burmese gemstones are very valuable, transparent, intense and rich in color that will bring a fortune. These gemstones are the ones that will make you the envy of all with their fabulous sapphire engagement ring or sapphire necklace.
Sapphires are adored and are the official birthstone of people born in September, and are one of the four precious gemstones. The elegant stone looks great in a variety of settings, especially for silver or platinum that look great with any shade of blue. A sapphire engagement ring is popular for a change from the traditional diamond engagement ring.
As mentioned above, sapphire is a durable stone, which ranks 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, so you can wear them daily without worrying about chipping, cracking or scratching the stone, especially when it is paired with diamonds, certainly you will have an elegant yet a very durable piece of jewelry.