Sapphire, Natural, 8mm Smooth Round

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Sapphire, Natural, 8mm Smooth Round. This price is for one strand 15 to 16 inches long.

8mm strands have 45 to 50 pieces.

Sapphire is a precious gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum, consisting of aluminum oxide with trace amounts of elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, vanadium, or magnesium. It is typically blue, but natural "fancy" sapphires also occur in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors. Red corundum stones are called rubies and is generally caused by traces of chromium.  

Significant sapphire deposits are found in Australia, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United States (Montana) and Vietnam.

Sapphire is the state gemstone of Montana.

Hardness 9 

This is a natural stone that has had no treatment other than cutting, drilling, and polishing.

The source of these beads is South Africa and they are cut, drilled and polished in China.