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What color is sapphire?

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Sapphire is a very valuable blue gemstone, but it can take on a variety of colors, including white, yellow, pink and green. It is made from a colorless mineral called corundum, but this mineral contains trace elements such as iron and titanium that can turn it blue.

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When corundum contains trace elements of iron and chromium, sapphire takes on a gold or orange color. As a result of the various possible combinations of trace elements, sapphire can come in a range of colors. These are called "fancy sapphires." Sapphire is known for its durability, and has varying value, based upon the intensity of its color.

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