Sapphire: A rainbow of colors

Sapphire is the birthstone for September, and while most people think of sapphire as being blue, sapphire is actually available in a rainbow of colors.

I mentioned in my previous post that the gem species corundum is colorless in its purest form and colorless sapphire is very rare. But colored sapphires are very abundant in many colors…including blue sapphires, pink sapphires, orange sapphires, yellow sapphires, green sapphires and purple sapphires. Remember, there is no red sapphire, because red corundum is actually ruby.

Author: Michelle M. Rahm is a GIA-trained Graduate Gemologist and is President of Colorado’s Mile High Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association. She has been selling gemstones and jewelry online since 1997. Visit her websites and

About mrahm

Michelle holds a Graduate Gemologist Diploma, Graduate Diamonds Diploma and Graduate Colored Stones Diploma through the Gemological Institute of America's distance education program. Michelle currently serves as President of the Mile High GIA Alumni Association. She also serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Jeweler's Association and is a member of the American Gem Trade Association.
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