Raw Sapphire Electroformed Cufflinks. Raw corundum

$ 109.00

Purple Sapphire Electroformed Cufflinks. Raw corundum, polished one end. Ruby (red) and Sapphire (blue) are both varieties of the mineral corundum, only color distinguishes them. Trace amounts of minerals determine if a gem corundum will be a brilliant red ruby or a beautiful blue sapphire. These natural star sapphire specimens have a grayish-purple color interior and a dark brown exterior; erosion has liberated the stones from their host rock, and carried them into streams over long periods of geologic time, as seen in their softened edges and tapered hexagonal form.
  • Rough corundum crystals average ~1" long
  • Bullet back cufflink.
  • Each is one of a kind! Handmade in-house.
  • Textured, electroformed copper surrounding the stones.
  • Oxidized darkened copper
  • Please allow for slight variations in color, shape and size of the stones.
  • Unbleached Kraft gift box included.

Each has been polished on one end to reveal the interior's purple color and a subtly developed six-ray star. These genuine star sapphire crystals are unheated and untreated. Each specimen is 80 carats / 16 g, for a total weight of 160 carats / 32 grams.

Purple sapphire is the least well known in the sapphire family; purple sapphires are rarer and quite extraordinary. Natural sapphire displays an amazing chatoyancy - chatoyance is an optical phenomenon in which a band of reflected light, known as a cat's-eye, (chat = cat in French) moves just beneath the surface of a polished gemstone.

Each pair of cufflinks is unique and one of a kind, and made by hand by metalworking artist and Well Done Goods by Cyberoptix founder, Bethany Shorb. Working between Detroit and DTLA, she sources all stone, crystal, shell, fossil and horn specimens locally, intuitively sourced in person from only the most reputable and ethical suppliers.

Electroforming results are unique to each specimen and will never be identical, even when crafted under what seems the same conditions. This nuance and variation is characteristic of the singularity of the piece and process.