6 Facts You Should Know About Purple Sapphires

  • The colours purple and violet are often confused, but are actually distinct hues. Purple is a blended hue: red with a mixture of blue. These colors may be considered more obscure due to the availability of other purple and violet gemstones.

  • Sapphires are far more durable and brilliant than other stones of the same colour.

  • Sapphires are the birthstone for the month of September.
     
  • Many purple sapphires show subtle shifts in color under different kinds of lighting. They will appear violet under daylight or fluorescent lighting, and distinctly purple under incandescent lights.

  • Purple Sapphires rate 9.0 on the mohs hardness scale, making them one of the best gemstones for use in jewellery. 

  • Purple sapphires come from Sri LankaKenyaTanzaniaMadagascar, and Myanmar.

August 19, 2014 by Perrine Comeille
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