Outback Gems of Australia - Australian Sapphires

Sapphire in Australia

Australia is one of the world's largest suppliers of sapphire.

The east coast of the continent from northern New South Wales through to Northern Central region of Queensland. The colours vary from blue through the rainbow of green, yellow, orange, red and purple. The rare ones being the orange red and purple. The difference between red sapphire and red ruby of the same material being the colouring agent. Ruby being coloured by chromium and the sapphire coloured by iron.

Australia is famous for its dark blue sapphires which in it's clearest form is a very intense blue. Being dichroic (light from the stone is polarised into two colours) the darkers stones exhibit flashes of a red and a purple blue.

Party coloured stones can be blue/green or blue/green/yellow in the single stone.