White Sapphire Gems
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.
Certified Customer Reviews
Overall Rating -> 9
The opals I ordered are absolutely beautiful, very fiery and well-cut. The pictures online didn’t do them justice. Shipping did take longer than expected (I chose the standard option), but the gemstones I received were definitely worth the wait.
I have purchased gems from Gem Select twice a year, for more than a few years.Gem select is the best place to buy gems. The selection and presentation are genuine. What you see is what you get, keeping in mind the carat weight, and measurements they have listed. Never have I been disappointed with any gem I have received from them. Nan
GemSelect has a great selection of smaller cabochons. Many other retailers do not. Plus, the photo of the stone is the one you are purchasing. Shipping from Thailand is nearly as fast as from within the US. Stones are tightly and neatly packaged.