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Sapphire

Precious gemstone:

  • The true sapphire is deep blue, yellow corundum is called yellow sapphire or Oriental topaz.
  • Pale pink stones are called pink sapphire.
  • Excellent sapphires occur in alluvial deposits of sand and gravel in Sri Lanka.
  • Other important sources of the stones are Thailand, India, Afghanistan, China, the Ural Mountains and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, and Queensland, Australia.
  • In the United States sapphires are found in North Carolina, and near Helena, Montana.
  • Sapphires and rubies are used as hard bearings in watches and scientific apparatus.