What color is sapphire?

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Gemcutting, Just for Fun

Blue Sapphire
This morning there was a 2 hour delay for school, so I had the kids with me in the shop. My son, 10 years old, was helping me make some images of recent gemstones. I was letting him work the remote trigger on the camera & do some basic culling of rejected images.

When he saw a blue-green oval brilliant come through to the computer screen, he quickly asked “What’s that?”, sounding genuinely lost.

“Oh, that’s a sapphire from Songea, Tanzania.” I replied.

He seemed confused for a second, then answered: “Wait, I thought sapphires were pink.”

He caught me stifling a laugh, so I had to explain that most people think sapphires are only blue.

I guess it’s almost time for “the talk” about the difference between rubies and sapphires. They grow up so quickly.