C ORUNDUM. . Corundum is crystalline aluminum oxide, Al 2 O 3, second hardest on Mohs Scale, and one of the most popular (and expensive) of gem minerals. Ruby is red corundum; all other colors are Sapphire. Sapphire is commonly used to denote blue corundum, with others named according to color, e.g. pink sapphire, yellow sapphire, etc..