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Sapphire

The name “sapphire” can also apply to any corundum that’s not ruby, another corundum variety.

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Depending on their trace element content, sapphire varieties of the mineral corundum might be blue, yellow, green, orange, pink, purple or even show a six-rayed star if cut as a cabochon.

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Diamond

A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum

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Rubies have always been held in high esteem in Asian countries. They were used to ornament armor of noblemen in India and China.

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