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The sapphire is a recessive that is still being improved on. A gene that only experienced and knowledgeable breeders should work with. The Sapphire is similar to the violet in that it has no black tipping on the fur. But where the violet leans towards the 'purple' end of the spectrum, the sapphire leans towards the blue and more to the true color of the standard, with the black removed. A cross between a Sapphire with a Black Velvet can produce a Royal Blue Chinchilla. Sapphires crossed with Ebony as with Violets, will produce a Sapphire wrap, or a Solid Sapphire. A Sapphire crossed with a Black Velvet(Sapphire Carrier) will produce a 'Royal Blue' however these offspring must be bred back to a Sapphire (unrelated) and this will create a darker deeper Royal Blue color in the offspring of that generation. The Royal Blue should have a nice deep blue veiling as in the Black Velvet, only blue.
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