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Sapphires often have other minerals within them. After heating, these little crystals look a little melted and often display a tension halo. This feature is also called a discoid fracture. They're pretty easy to spot under 10-30x magnification.
Before heating, you might see shiny needles of rutile silk within the stone.
The heating process dissolves the needles which can improve clarity. This is an example of "broken silk":
In some cases, the process releases the titanium into the crystal which will intensify the blue color.
Sapphires from our talented artists:
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