Spinel occurs in the same bright red and blue colors as rubies and sapphires.
Spinel forms in the same rock units, under the same geological conditions and is found in the same gravels.
But let's assume that Henry was a true romantic and a gentleman who would have preferred a naturally-occurring gem. It's the crystalline form of aluminum oxide, which makes all the difference.
This crystalline aluminum mineral is called corundum, and people have been wearing it with pride for thousands of years.
It is estimated that at least 28 million carats (5.6 t or 5.5 long tons or 6.2 short tons) of Yogos are still in the ground.
Jewelry containing Yogos was given to First Ladies Florence Harding and Bess Truman; in addition, many gems were sold in Europe, though promoters' claims that Yogos are in the crown jewels of England or the engagement ring of Princess Diana are dubious.
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One can imagine her face, glowing with happiness, with the necklace that symbolized their future glittering on her chest during dinners in the Titanic's elegant dining rooms.
Gold was discovered at Yogo Creek in 1866, and though "blue pebbles" were noticed alongside gold in the stream alluvium by 1878, it was not until 1894 that the "blue pebbles" were recognized as sapphires.
Sapphire mining began in 1895 after a local rancher named Jake Hoover sent a cigar box of gems he had collected to an assay office, which in turn sent them to Tiffany's in New York, where an appraiser pronounced them "the finest precious gemstones ever found in the United States".
Speaking of legend, James Cameron's film was so sweeping and dramatic that some folks think it must have been entirely fictional. This lovely and simple sapphire graced the neck of 19 year-old Kate Florence Phillips, a Worcester, England shop assistant eloping to America. Marshall, with second-class tickets and likely first-class dreams. Then came the iceberg, and the reality of too-few lifeboats, and women-and-children first as the band played and the passengers scrambled to survive. Kate made it off the ship and back safely to England on the .
But it was based on a true story, right down to the Heart of the Ocean. And it wasn't called the Heart of the Ocean, although it's now known as The Love of the Sea. Henry Samuel Morley, twenty years her senior and owner of one of the shops she worked in, had given her the necklace before they embarked on a new life together. She carried nothing but a purse with her trunk keys, a pregancy, and her beloved sapphire necklace. I, being a geology addict, am touched by their love story, but also by that beautiful necklace.