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The Identification of Sapphire

A precious gemstone, Sapphire, consists of corundum mineral, a crystal of aluminum oxide with traces of other elements like titanium, iron, chromium, magnesium or copper. Generally, it is blue but they are also occurring in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors. There is only one gem that is red Ruby which is also named as Sapphire belongs to another corundum variety. There are substitutes available for natural sapphire like Golden Topaz, Iolite, Kyanite, Tourmaline, Blue Spinel and Synthetic Sapphire.
There is a need to identify the difference between natural Sapphires and its substitutes.There are certain ways through which you can do the Identification of Sapphire:
There is a need to identify the difference between natural Sapphires and its substitutes.
There are certain ways through which you can do the Identification of Sapphire:
Use your jeweler magnifying glass and look for flaws and inclusions. Natural sapphires will always have some inclusions of other matter in them. If there are some flaws then your Sapphire is real. If not, then it is a lab-created gemstone. Lab created gemstones will not have any flaws or inclusions but they may have air bubbles in it, so make sure to observe the Sapphire from all angles.
  • Watch the reflection from your Sapphire. Make the room dark and open the flash light, the real Sapphire will reflect the color it has whereas the fake Sapphires will reflect the other colors too.
  • Not only you observe but you can also ask to your gemologist for any treatment that has been done to the gemstone. To enhance the color and clarity of gemstone, some treatment like oil polishing or other treatment has been done. It makes Sapphire appearance better but may reduce its natural quality.
  • Last and the most important, certification of purity and originality which you must always ask from your Gemologist.
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