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Natural Sapphires in Glorious Colours

Kirsten Atmekjian - Thursday, June 29, 2017
Sorbet Sapphires come in a variety of colours

Sapphires are gemstones formed from the mineral corundum. They're typically blue in colour. At least, that's what most people think when they think of a sapphire. Truth is, sapphires come in many different beautiful shades, including clear, gray, black, yellow, purple, orange, green and pink.

Take a look at the stones above. They're untreated sapphires. Their natural colours are beautiful and just like a blue sapphire, these extraordinary gemstones sparkle and shine.

These sapphires come from a Canadian company called Sorbet Sapphire. The founder, Justin Obert visited Bankok, Thailand in 2012. Bankok is widely considered to be the gemstone capital of the world. While there, he was astonished to learn that sapphires came in colours other than blue. He was even more shocked to discover the blue-ness of sapphires is something that usually has to be enhanced by interventions, including treatments with heat, chemicals and other procedures.

Justin was impressed with the beauty of untreated, natural sapphires and decided to bring them to the Canadian market. We agree that these are an excellent choice of gemstone and are pleased to be able to offer them to our customers.

Here are a few facts you may not know about sapphires:

  • Sapphires can not be red. Why? Because we call gemstones made of red corundum RUBIES :)
  • Queen Elizabeth's 65th year on the throne was marked by a SAPPHIRE jubilee
  • Sapphire is the birthstone for SEPTEMBER
  • The 45th wedding anniversary is called the SAPPHIRE anniversary
  • Diamonds are the hardest minerals, clocking in at 10 on the Mohs scale. Sapphires are the third hardest, ranking at 9. What is #2?

We are pleased to be offering Sorbet Sapphires. Like Justin, we think the beauty of natural, untreated sapphires make them an exceptional choice when you're considering a piece of custom jewellery. With all the colour and shape choices available, we're sure you'll find a Sorbet Sapphire that resonates with you. Come in and see these beautiful gemstones in person at 29 Front St. S., Thorold.


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