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Chatham® Padparadscha Sapphire Gemstone Information
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Pink Sapphire. Many believe sapphires are only blue, when indeed they are available in a variety of colors and are classified as fancy color sapphires. Pink sapphire has a range of color from a bright, delicate pink to a pink with a slight tinge of violet. Its most striking characteristic is its luster and is considered to be one of the most valuable secondary gems.

ENHANCEMENT CODE H
Click to view AGTA code.

PROPERTIES
Refractive Index 1.762-1.77
Hardness = 9 (Moh's Scale)
Specific Gravity =4.0
Species - Corundum
Optic Character - Double Refraction.
Phenomena - Chatoyancy (Very Rare)


WARNINGS FOR CARE

Ultrasonic: Usually Safe
Steamer: Usually Safe
Heat: Poor; may sometimes Improve color, but may cause loss of color
Chemicals that harm: Borax

 
Chatham sapphire crystal growth.
Sapphire crystal growth.
Image Courtesy Chatham®.


Crystal Structure
Crystal system: Hexagonal (trigonal), dipyramidal, barrel and tabloid shape.
Birthstones
 January  Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl/Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal/Tourmaline
November Topaz or Citrine
December Blue Topaz or Zircon
Common Cut Examples.

Brilliant cut.
Padparadscha marquise cut image.
Marquise cut.


Oval shape.
 

Padparadscha emerald cut image.
Emerald cut.
 

Padparadscha trillian cut image.
Trillion Cut.
 

Padparadscha pear shape image.
Pear Shape.
 
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