We here at grandgemstones have several options for sapphire as we buy the rough direct from the mines so we can cut to your order. As our factory buys direct and cut here on site we are able to offer fantastic below trade wholesale prices to the public. So please feel free to contact us with any questions or orders you may have.
Sapphire from the greek word meaning blue. One of the worlds best loved and known gemstones. It is in the corundum species the same as Ruby with the same hardness and with the pink sapphire can be very hard to tell apart.Trace amounts of other elements such as iron, titanium, or chromium can give corundum blue, yellow, pink, purple, orange, or greenish color. Pink-orange sapphires are also called padparadscha. Pure chromium is the distinct impurity of rubies. However, a combination of e.g. chromium and titanium can give a sapphire a color distinct from red.
Sapphires are commonly worn as jewelry. Sapphires can be found naturally, by searching through certain sediments (due to their resistance to being eroded compared to softer stones), or rock formations, or they can be manufactured for industrial or decorative purposes in large crystal boules. Because of the remarkable hardness of Sapphires (and of aluminum oxide in general), Sapphires are used in some non-ornamental applications, including infrared optical components, such as in scientific instruments; high-durability windows (also used in scientific instruments); wristwatch crystals and movement bearings; and very thin electronic wafers, which are used as the insulating substrates of very special-purpose solid-state electronics (most of which are integrated circuits).