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Corundum (var. sapphire)

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Photo by Ken Larsen. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH G11495-00
Locality Madagascar
Weight 7.41 ct

Added to the collection in 2015.

Even though sapphires are traditionally thought of as blue in color, they occur in a wide variety of colors: yellow, orange, green, purple, pink, and even colorless. If a sapphire is not blue then it is termed “fancy color.” The majority of fancy-colored sapphires seen in the jewelry trade are from Sri Lanka. Yellow, pink and purple are the most common fancy colored sapphires used in jewelry, but this gem is a beautiful slightly yellowish-green color. The cushion cut gem weighs 7.41ct and is from Madagascar.

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