The Sapphire Gemfield's in the Capricorn region are one of the largest Gemfields in the world. The mines of Australia have produced more commercial-grade
blue sapphire than any other source in history.
There are many reasons you will want to own a sapphire from the Gemfields located just 45 minutes out of Emerald.
Here are a few reasons to get you started:
1. Discover a rainbow of colours.
Sapphires come in a spectrum of colours, rich blue, pink, yellow, orange, and green and even white. Red sapphires are better known as rubies. Most of these colours are found in the Gemfields in the Capricorn region.
2. See where beauty meets durability.
The hardness of the sapphire is second only to that of the diamond (9 on the Moh scale) making it a very durable and beautiful gemstone for everyday wear. However, sapphires are still subject to chipping and fracture if handled roughly, and care should be taken.
3. Explore more uses than jewellery.
Sapphires are not only used as decorative peices in jewellery, they are used in the glass of Apple watches, record player stylus, circuits used in mobile phones, aircraft windows. Rubies produce the common red-light laser beams which we see in supermarket scanners and laser pointers. The mineral found in sapphires and rubies corundum, is used to manufacture materials such as sand paper, cutting tools, and polishing compounds.
The most famous royal sapphire today is the engagement ring given by England’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, and now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. It features an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.
5. Own a piece of history.
When fossicking at the Gemfields think how old they are as they can take millions of years to form. The sapphires which are found today were formed around 150 to 200 million years ago.
Places you can go fossicking in the Capricorn region includes Sapphire, Rubyvale and Anakie. Unearth your very own Australian sapphire at one of these places or at the Gemfest - Festival of Gems 9-12 August 2018.