Natural Sapphire Jewelry
What Does “Natural” & “Untreated” Sapphire Mean?
The word “natural” identifies sapphire crystal that has been developed in the ground, not synthetically created or treated in a lab. The word “Untreated” means that a sapphire has not undergone any heat or chemical treatments to improve its color or clarity.
Today, most sapphires from online sources and in chain stores are described as “natural” if it isn’t a synthetic that is lab created. Don’t be misled, these “natural stones” may come straight from the ground, but their color and clarity are often results of chemical procedures or heat treatments. The color and clarity of these treated stones are often created through a heating process. During this high heat treatment, additives such as glass and coloring agents can be included to fill natural cavities and cracks in the sapphires. The coloring agents are then diffused throughout the crystal, completely altering the stones original color!
Where Can Sapphires Be Found?
Sapphires can be found in only a handful of locations around the world. At these locations most of the recovered stones are industrial quality that never enter the gem trade.
Only a fraction of these gem quality sapphires are untreated prior to being sold to the market. Key sources which have economically viable sapphire trades include:
- Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
The British Crown Jewels and Sapphire History!
The history of empires and sapphires are intertwined, and the British Empire is no exception. The term “crown jewels” refers to a number of crowns, scepters, orbs, swords, rings, and other regalia worn by a sovereign during various state functions including the coronation ceremony.
Published by Wikipedia: One of the most beautiful stones in the Crown of England:
The Stuart Sapphire is a 104-carat (21 g) blue sapphire that forms part of the British Crown Jewels. The early history of the gem is quite obscure, though it probably belonged to Charles II, and was definitely among the jewels that his successor James II took with him when he fled to France in December 1688.
JWO Jewelers offer loose stones, sapphire estate jewelry and has a few finished pieces on hand. Krist and Heidi can order almost any size and color and Krist can design pendants, rings, earrings and really whatever your heart desires right at the jewelry bench in their store in Roswell Ga.
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