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Purple Sapphires, a Rare and Regal Delight!

March 20th, 2012 | posted by James Gillis

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Sapphires can be called the gemstones of the sky . . .they lie well hidden in just a few places and have to be brought to light through extremely hard work. Sapphires are found in India, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya. From the gemstone mines, these raw crystals are first taken to the cutting-centers where they are turned into sparkling gemstones by skilled hands. When cutting a sapphire, the cutter has to muster all his skill, for these gemstones are not only hard; depending on the angle from which you look at them, they also have different intensities and shades of color. So it is the job of the cutter to orientate the raw crystals in such a way that the color is brought out to its best advantage. Just as they have done with our Purple Sapphire.

Purple sapphires are, in fact, quite extraordinary and far rarer than more traditional blue sapphires. Unlike most blue and pink sapphires which need to be heat treated in order to obtain their best color display, purple sapphires very rarely require any heat treatment. Furthermore they tend to change color in different lighting!

This purple sapphire not only radiates beauty, magnificent color, and transparency, but also constancy and durability associated with these stunning gemstones. The sapphire belongs to the corundum group, the members of which are characterized by their excellent hardness (9 on the Mohs scale). Indeed their hardness is exceeded only by that of the diamond, the diamond being the hardest mineral on Earth! Thanks to their durability, sapphires are exremely easy to look after, requiring no more than an occasional cleaning on behalf of the wearer.

To take a look at our other sapphires in stock, click here.