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Jewelry Terminology: Sapphire

Blue Sapphire Jewelry Terminology
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In jewelry terminology, the word sapphire comes from a Greek word meaning “blue stone”.

Sapphires are mostly seen as gemstones in jewelry.  They can be found naturally in different sediments or rock formations.  Sapphires can also be created unnaturally.  Sapphires are known for their extreme hardness and are used in special scientific instruments as well.

Sapphires are one of only a few stones made of corundum.  They can be found in any color except for red (which are rubies).

Just like a diamond, sapphires are graded on their cut, clarity, color and carat.  Prices can range from relatively inexpensive to extremely expensive.  The origin of a sapphire can also play into the price.

One rare color of sapphire is called the color changing sapphire.  In different light the stone has as different color.  It looks blue outdoors and purple in incandescent light.

Sapphires are an incredibly versatile stone.  They make for a great stone in any piece of jewelry and also are useful in science.

By, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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