A Bit About The Piece:
Natural cushion cut blue sapphire ring set with white sapphire accents.
The Center Stone: Sapphire, natural
- measurements: 11.03mm x 9.05mm
- faceted cushion cut
- color: midnight blue
The Side Stones: Sapphire, natural
- 8 Standard Round Brilliant Cuts
- average diameter: 2mm
- color: white
The Setting: Cast Prong Set Ring
- .925 sterling silver, solid
- bottom of shank width: 2.28mm
- default size: 7.25
While many know sapphire to be blue, the gemstone forms naturally in any shade and saturation of color on the color spectrum. Like ruby, sapphire is a member of the "corundum" family. This means that all rubies are a particular shade of red sapphire. Another notable variety of corundum is "padparadscha sapphire," a sunset, salmon pink sapphire from Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Tanzania. Other popular colors in the trade include yellow, pink, and white sapphire. Color changing varieties do exist, as well as stones that display "asterism," a term for when reflected light creates a star effect in the stone. Most sapphire available on the market is heat treated. This is an accepted practice in the industry, and it is best to assume ALL sapphire has been heat treated unless otherwise proven by a trusted independent laboratory report. Sapphire is the official birthstone for the month of September.
Sapphire is an incredibly durable stone that is excellent for everyday wear. The stone ranks 9 on the Mohs hardness scale and is highly scratch resistant as a result; it also is resistant to chipping or breaking due to being tough as well. Sapphire jewelry, natural or manmade, is safe to clean in chemical jewelry cleaners, ultrasonic cleaners, and steam cleaners.