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Sapphires take their name from the Latin ‘sapphirus’ or blue stone. It is a gemstone variety of the mineral Corundum. Sapphires naturally occur in a wide variety of colours, such as blue, yellow, purple, orange and green colours, which are called ‘fancy sapphires’. Sapphires are very desirable due to their excellent colour, hardness, durability and lustre. Important sources include Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Australia and The US (Montana). The Kashmir region of India / Pakistan was famous for its ‘Kashmir blue’ sapphire, but little material comes from there today. Sri Lankan (Ceylon) sapphires are well-known for their excellent colour. Julia uses sapphires of every colour and shade often using many different colours of sapphire in one piece.