Most people don’t realize that ruby and sapphire are both gems of the mineral corundum. Both of these gemstones have the same mineral structure.Presence of trace amounts of impurities in the gem determine if a gem corundum will be a brilliant red ruby or a beautiful blue sapphire.
Why Do They Look Different?
Trace amounts of other elements can produce brilliant not only just red and blue but also yellow, orange, green, and purple gems. Red corundums are known as “rubies,” blue corundums are known as “sapphires,” and corundums of any other color are known as “fancy sapphires.” Impurities cause corundum to present in a spectrum of colors, and when it is completely free of color-causing impurities, it is a colorless gem known as “white sapphire.”
What More About Them
Ruby and sapphire both serve as modern birthstones. Ruby is the birthstone for the month of July. Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. They are excellet choices for birthstones because they are well know gems and because many people love red and blue gemstones.
There’s a reason that rubies and sapphires spark a special feeling inside of us after all humans have been captivated by these precious stones since before civilization and we continue to hold them in extremely high regard. In its simplest form, these ancient pieces of jewelry would be seen in the form of stud earrings, putting emphasis on the sublime nature of these beautiful stones. They would be the most wonderful gifts for your loved ones.