Sapphires from Tanzania

The gem gravel of Tanzania produces some of the most beautifully colored sapphires found.
The stone on the left is the most incredible copper/peach color I have ever seen. It was actually the core of a purplish stone, I cut away about 1/2 of the stone to get to this core.
The shield cut sapphire gem on the right was a quick project, just something I wanted to try.
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The pictures below shows some color-change Tanzania sapphires, between purple and violet. These stones were supplied courtesy of
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Here are some pictures of rough Tanzania sapphire. A noticable amount of is it flatten pebbles.
Click on any of the pictures below to see a close-up shot of each view.
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I rough cut this material with a 360-grit plate, followed with a fine cut on a 1200-grit plate, and finished with a 14k polish. Remember to cut slowly and use plenty of water.

Sapphire [corundum] has a hardness of 9, making it excellent for any jewelry use. Sapphire's high refractive index means that I can use shallower angles for thinner pieces of rough.

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