Sapphire, White

White Sapphire Gemstone Information
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White Sapphire is a near colorless corundum often used to simulate a diamond. However you can see by it's hardness white sapphire is a durable gemstone in it's own right. Though they often have a slight tint of color, be that blue, yellow, or any other color they can often be found colorless.
 

ENHANCEMENT CODE H
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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

 

Crystal Structure
White sapphire crystal image.
Crystal system: Hexagonal (trigonal), dipyramidal, barrel and tabloid shape.

MAJOR SOURCES
Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, Kampuchea, Kenya, Tanzania, US, Madagascar
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
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