Sapphire facts for kids
The 422.99-carat Logan sapphire
|aluminium oxide, Al2O3|
|Color||Every color except for red – which is called a ruby – or pinkish-orange (the padparadscha)|
|Crystal habit||massive and granular|
Space Group: R3c
|Mohs scale hardness||9.0|
|Optical properties||Abbe number 72.2|
|Melting point||2030–2050 °C|
|Other characteristics||coefficient of thermal expansion (5.0–6.6)×10−6/K|
Sapphires, in fact, are the same as rubies, except that they are not red.
Sapphires have a long history. Tradition says that the tablets of the Ten Commandments were made of sapphire, so strong a hammer could not break them, and would break instead if it hit them. The ancient Persians believed that the earth sat on a big sapphire and that the big sapphire made the sky blue.
A lot of ancient people thought rubies made people calm down, as well as cure their bruises.
Sapphires represent September. It symbolizes telling the truth and doing what you said you would.
Sapphire is actually just corundum and is one of the hardest minerals on the hardness scale. The usual color that sapphire comes in is blue. Sometimes it comes in black, yellow, pink, purple, clear, green, orange, white, but it never comes in the color red. Red corundum is called Ruby.
This mineral is found in gem gravel deposits. These deposits are formed from the heat of metamorphic or igneous rock plateaus. The places where sapphire is formed abundantly are Myanmar, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. The most costly and beautiful sapphires are shipped from Kashmir, India. In other words, sapphire is mostly found in Asia. Recent findings of sapphire have taken place in Australia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
Sapphire was the first mineral to be lab grown in a strategy called "flame fusion". Another strategy, slightly harder to use, "flux growth" was used to lab grow sapphire.
Heating yellow, light yellow, or colorless sapphire from 1500-1900oc can turn into a dark yellow, gold, golden brown, orange, or a reddish brown colored sapphire. There is a specific kind of sapphire called Star sapphires have whitish pieces of rutile or silk as some call it. Star sapphires can be heated to remove the blue color of sapphire and can be heated even more to get the blue color back and remove the white silk.
Most interesting fact: Did you know that since sapphire is the second hardest mineral in the hardness scale, it is sometimes used as a polishing tool?!
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Pink sapphire (American terminology, may be classified as ruby outside of the United States)
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