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Red corundum


#1
 Red corundum is ruby, period. Any other color, including weak  red
saturation, which is pink, is sapphire.

Dear Orchidians,

Actually there is another variety of corundum which has its own name.
Padparadscha is a rare and lovely corundum with a pinkish orange
colour from Sri Lanka. Would love to be able to afford one.

From Renate in Adelaide where the daffodils and Hyacinths are
blooming, it’s Showtime and spring is in the air.


#2

Padparadscha is still known as Padparadscha sapphire. It is solely a
color description. Scientifically, it is not a variety of the
material corundum per se.

Daniel R. Spirer, G.G.


#3

Terry Dillon Goldsmith Darwin Australia Hi looking for contacts
for red corundum (blood red color preferably) to use in my partners
engagement ring. Can have it cut here in Australia. looking to yield
a piece approx. 16 mm across in a discus shape. Anyone know where I
can get this material please contact me at @ruditel
Thanks Terry


#4
 Hi looking for contacts for red corundum (blood red color
preferably) to use in my partners engagement ring. Can have it cut
here in Australia. looking to yield a piece approx. 16 mm across
in a discus shape. 

Hi Terry,

First of all, congratulations on your engagement (or your business
partner’s, if that’s the case)! As one of the old pundits once said,
“marriage is a wonderful institution”; for what it’s worth: I, too,
am looking forward to being “institutionalized”, about three months
from now. As for that stone you’re seeking, are you aware that all
"Red Corundums" are properly known as Rubies, and that what you’re
asking for (if both natural and even partially transparent) is
likely to be “a bit pricey”, to put it mildly? If you’re seeking
either the opaque or laboratory-grown forms of Red Corundum, that’d
be a horse of a different color, and I can help you out with either
version (I’m a professional lapidary artist, and have access to
both, and some of the latter material on hand). Otherwise, my guess
would be that you’d probably need to set aside a budget of
something like the mid-to-high six figues to reach your goal, since
natural Rubies are amongst the rarest gems on the planet, and
usually don’t come out of the ground that large.

Whichever road you choose, please, either pick up the phone or drop
me a line and I’ll see what I can do to help out. Until then,

Best regards,
Doug
Douglas Turet, GJ
Turet Design
P.O. Box 162
Arlington, MA 02476
Tel. (617) 325-5328
eFax (928) 222-0815
anotherbrightidea@hotmail.com