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Synthetic Sapphire (Synthetic Corundum)

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Facts

SPECIES/GROUP: Synthetic corundum

CLASSIFICATION: Synthetic stone

Name

The name is derived from the Greek word ‘sappheiros', which is considered to have referred to another blue stone, lapis lazuli.

Origin

Synthetic sapphire has the same properties and chemical structure as naturally occurring sapphire, and strong magnification is usually required to distinguish between the two. Many methods of creating synthetic sapphire today are variations of the Czochralski process, which was invented in 1916 by Polish chemist Jan Czochralski.

APPEARANCE

Corundum is found in virtually all colours. Pandora jewellery uses a blue and a rose pink variety of synthetic sapphire.

PROCESSING

Cutting and polishing only.

Care

Avoid rough handling of jewellery that features synthetic sapphire and be sure to store it separately to avoid scratches. For additional care information, please see our care guide.

Durability

With a hardness of 9 and an excellent toughness rating, it is ideal for all types and styles of jewellery.

MYTHOLOGY & ASSOCIATION

Synthetic sapphires are almost indistinguishable from natural sapphires which have long been a favourite of priests, kings and queens, who considered it a symbol of wisdom and purity. In ancient Greece and Rome, blue sapphire was said to protect wearers from envy and harm. The ancient Persians believed that the Earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection made the sky blue. Sapphires are also associated with the values of faith, truth, sincerity, wisdom and commitment. A sapphire gift is said to be a pledge of trust, honesty, purity and loyalty.

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Other Synthetic Stones

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