Sapphire, a not so simple gemstone

F. Lin Sutherland
  • American Mineralogist, July 2017, Mineralogical Society of America
  • DOI: 10.2138/am-2017-6105

Sapphire is an important gemstone and research material

What is it about?

Recent research on the nature of sapphire shows a more complex geochemistry in relationships to genetic formation in world wide deposits and occurrences than hitherto considered.

Why is it important?

Sapphire is a gemstone and industrial material at the crossroads of gemmological , petrological and chemical studies


Frederick Sutherland
Australian Museum

Sapphire continues to be a research mineral of interest.

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