February 24, 2017

Australia is blessed with some of the most unique and exotic gemstones in the world… precious black and white opal, yellow and pink diamonds and stunning parti sapphires.

Parti sapphires are multi coloured stones that feature colour zones of two or more colours: predominantly blues and yellows - and sometimes greens. The stones are so striking as the colours contrast so vividly, making them a delight for a jewellery designer.

The gemstones display different colours when viewed from different angles making them ideal for people who appreciate gems with personality and individuality.

Australian sapphires are all from alkali-basalt related deposits and are very rich in iron content. Most of the stones are dark blue to bluish black due to the traces of iron. Due to varying concentrations of transition elements (e.g. iron and titanium) in the chemical make-up of the parent fluids (sapphire is essentially aluminium oxide) different colours result. The parti sapphires are so special as each stone has a unique combination of zoning and banding.

At Lizunova, we are fortunate to have an exquisite loose Australian parti sapphire in eye-greens with distinct straight black banding. The fabulous gem, weighing just over three carats, would make an exotic ring like no other.

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