White sapphire is one of the hardest white natural gemstones, second only to diamond. It has a hardness rating of 9 on the Mohs scale and a high refractive index which results in exceptional brilliance and great fire. Although white sapphire may not have the same fire as a well-cut diamond, a sapphire can still make a very impressive jewelry design stand out. White sapphire is one of the most popular gemstones seen in fashion and designer jewelry today. Due to its excellent hardness and overall durability, it is perfectly suitable for everyday jewelry, including bridal, and engagement rings and wedding bands.
White sapphires are a popular choice as melee or as fancy accent stones, which are very small stones used to accentuate larger main or 'center' stones in many jewelry designs. Small white sapphires ranging in size from less than 1 millimeter to 2-3 millimeters are typically very affordable and can be found in multiple matched piece sets. Usually these are heated and given a diamond-cut. Larger white sapphires, especially those which are eye-clean and untreated can be quite expensive as they are quite a rare find. Sri Lanka, formerly referred to as Ceylon, is one of the leading producers for sapphire today, as is Tanzania and Madagascar.
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Many beautiful gems on the site. Love that you are actually shipped the gem that is shown in the photos. Also cool that they give a write up of each gem detailing hardness, characteristics, and best uses for mounting. Great site! Looking forward to seeing these gems in person.