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• 10/26/2018

Inconsistency with Isidar Mithrim?

So while rereading Eragon I realized that Paolini described the Isidar Mithrim as being a red Star Sapphire shaped as a rose... but sapphires cannot be red, it is literally the only color a sapphire cannot be, as Sapphire is a mineral of corundum, and red corundum is a ruby.


Does this bother anyone else?

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• 10/29/2018

Pinkish sapphires are a thing. Semantics are weird :/. I think the closest is has been to a red is after Saphira fixed it and even then it wouldn’t be called a ruby due to cultural and historic factors.


edit: I believe it would be something like one of these

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• 10/29/2018

I would totally call that a Ruby lmao

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• 10/29/2018

^ Like I said, language is weird :/.


edit: what about padparadscha sapphires?


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• 10/30/2018

That's totally a ruby.

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• 10/30/2018

I'm not the authority for mineral nomenclature here :/. These are literally the things they call them.

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• 10/31/2018

I feel like you're just posting pictures of gems that look like rubies so I'll say ruby

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• 11/11/2018

I am by no means a professional. However, here is a link that might help:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapphire#Pink_sapphires

This article says that a certain hue must be met in order for a gem to be considered a ruby; therefore, a sapphire may appear to be a ruby, but does not hit the requirement, giving you a very red sapphire that's still considered a sapphire, not a ruby.

Sapphire - Wikipedia
Sapphire - Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org
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