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Sapphire Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

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A sapphire engagement ring is a stunning way to break tradition with your engagement ring if you're the type of bride who wants to do so. Sapphires are a regal choice for jewelry, having been popularized by Princess Diana in 1981 and now Kate Middleton (who wears the late princess's engagement ring).

What Is Sapphire?

Sapphire is a versatile gemstone that belongs to the corundum mineral family. Sapphire is the September birthstone and was once thought to have spiritual properties.

In contrast to diamonds, which are known for their fire and brilliance, sapphires are known for their color variety. Sapphires are frequently purchased not because they are less expensive than diamonds, but because of their exceptional colors, which range from rich indigo blue to ocean spray blue, from white (colorless) to orange, champagne, and even green.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Sapphire Engagement Rings

A sapphire is the ideal combination of classical beauty and modern expression, allowing you to select one that reflects your or your partner's personality. Another advantage? Sapphires are available in a variety of colors (not just blue!) including purple, pink, yellow, green, orange, brown, black, and even white—although Kashmir and Ceylon blue are the most popular.

Some of the lesser-known sapphire colors, on the other hand, are extremely rare. The Padparadscha, a delicate balance of orange and pink, is the rarest type of fancy sapphire. Because of the variety and range of color, each gemstone has subtle differences.

The price of a sapphire engagement ring can also vary greatly depending on carat weight and quality. Sapphires are typically less expensive than diamonds, with prices ranging from $500 to $2,000 per carat.

What to Look for in an Engagement Ring with Sapphire

Are you thinking about getting a sapphire for your engagement ring? Here are a few questions and answers to consider before looking for the perfect stone.

  • What is the most crucial aspect of sapphires?

    While all sapphire engagement rings are graded by foundational factors such as cut, clarity, color, and carat, the color and shape of a sapphire determine its quality the most. The temperature of a sapphire is also very important and has a significant impact on pricing. Unheated sapphires, for example, can cost more than twice as much as a comparable heated sapphire.

  • What is the best stone cut for sapphires?

    Although sapphires can be cut in any shape, the oval shape highlights the sapphire's vibrant color the best. Oval cuts allow the most light to pass through the gemstone, enhancing its color and preventing it from appearing flat.

  • What settings and metals complement sapphires the best?

    Sapphires look beautiful in both modern and traditional ring settings. Sapphires look beautiful against white metals like platinum and white gold, and depending on the shade of stone you choose, they can also look lovely against the warm hues of yellow and rose gold.

  • How long do sapphires last?

    Sapphires are actually quite hard, with a Mohs hardness rating of 9. Only diamonds are more valuable. This means that sapphires are appropriate for everyday use. A sapphire can be passed down through generations and should last a lifetime.

  • Where should I purchase sapphire?

    Some of the best sapphire stones come from Kashmir, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka, and the origin of the stone is usually a determining factor in price. Thailand is the most common source of commercial-quality sapphires.

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