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Sapphire

The name “sapphire” can also apply to any corundum that’s not ruby, another corundum variety.

The Facts

Depending on their trace element content, sapphire varieties of the mineral corundum might be blue, yellow, green, orange, pink, purple or even show a six-rayed star if cut as a cabochon.

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Ciitrine

Citrine is the transparent, pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz.

The Facts

Citrine’s color comes from traces of iron. It’s perhaps the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstone and an attractive alternative for topaz as well as for yellow sapphire.

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