This lab-created sapphire is made with corundum and offers an intense blue color. The stone features a stylish rose cut that accentuates the deep blue color. The cut of the stone is well-suited to vintage-style designs. Each stone has a chemical make-up identical to those found in nature. It performs at the bench just as a natural stone would. The color produced is a dark blue that makes a dependable, affordable and popular choice in place of natural sapphire gemstones. Sapphire is one of the birthstones for September.
A favorite of yesteryear, rose-cut faceting features a flat base (no pavilion) and a crown made up of triangular facets symmetrically arranged in a circle and rising to form a point at the top of the stone.
• Care: Clean with warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic and steam cleaning are usually safe.
• This stone can usually be cast in place safely; however, the process involves a great many variables, and there is always risk of damage to the stone. For instructions and information, see Tyler Teague's article "Casting Stones in Place" below (or simply search 'casting stones in place').
• This stone is suitable for firing in place in silver PMC3 using the schedule with the lowest-temperature settings.