This round AAA-grade faceted white sapphire has visual brilliance, near-diamond hardness, and carries prestige of a precious stone at a lower price point. This stone shows the superior cut, clarity and active scintillation required to be classified as a top-quality AAA-grade stone. Because they are natural stones, any given stone may contain natural impurities but will offer excellent color and light-play. White sapphire is valued for its brilliant white color and economical price. Because it is a natural stone, it may contain natural impurities and will present a reasonable level of fire, though not at the level of a diamond. This faceted stone offers a bright, eye-clean clarity. Sapphire is one of the birthstones for September.
Sapphire (like ruby) is a gem variety of corundum classified as a precious stone. Sapphire is hard and durable, and is found in a wide range of colors, making it an extremely versatile stone suitable for any form of jewelry. Sapphires in any color other than blue are referred to as 'fancy' sapphires. Sapphire gets its color from titanium and iron oxides; the depth of color depends on the amount of oxides in the stone. In ancient times, some believed that the sky itself was an enormous sapphire into which the Earth was embedded; sapphires are credited in folklore as being sacred, of conveying wisdom, prophecy and divine favor.
Round-cut gemstones are highly popular and the most commonly available. Rio round gemstones are calibrated for size and hand inspected to ensure maximum attractiveness.
• This stone is suitable for firing in place in silver PMC3 using the schedule with the lowest-temperature settings.
• Unless precisely calibrated to an exact size, gemstone sizes vary slightly. Rio allows a tolerance of +/– 0.1mm for gemstones 4mm and smaller.