Sapphire Engagement Rings – A Review
Shine serene in blue, present pretty in pink, or radiate sunshine yellow: All of this, and more, is possible with a sapphire engagement ring.
This elegant gemstone glistens in a variety of colours. But this is just one of the many features that make the sapphire such a popular choice of centrepiece for engagement rings.
From their durability to their timelessness and gorgeous range of colour, we take a look at the factors that make sapphire engagement rings so popular.
Make way for the sapphire!
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? Well, no actually. Not anymore. The former queen of the wedding industry has some mighty contenders on her hands. And the sapphire is one of the frontrunners. So what makes this heiress of the industry so special?
The sapphire has a lot going for it. Not only has this gemstone been the choice of royals over the years, but it matches (and some might even argue, surpasses) the diamond in the key criteria used to measure the value of gemstones: cut, clarity, colour and carat weight.
Considering cut, clarity, colour and carat weight
The choice of cut is extremely important when deciding on an engagement ring. And sapphires offer a huge range to buyers. This means that you have an exceptional variety when shopping for your perfect piece.
A well-cut sapphire will give you that all-important brilliance that the diamond is so well-known for. And the best part? Due to the internal makeup of the sapphire, you needn’t worry about your chosen cut affecting the durability of the stone.
Sapphires have a hexagonal crystalline structure. That means that they are extremely durable, and will wear well even when donned on a daily basis. This is extremely important for engagement rings, which are intended for daily wear.
Clarity is a less-important factor to consider when shopping for coloured gemstones. But there are a few basic criteria to keep in mind when hunting for the perfect sapphire. Coloured gemstones are expected to have inclusions. Unlike diamonds, the presence of some inclusions will not radically devalue a sapphire. The most important thing to look out for is visible inclusions. If your chosen sapphire is clean to the eye, then you’re good to go!
The one thing you should think carefully about, however, is the level of transparency you would like in your sapphire. The more opaque the stone, the less light will be able to enter into it. If you choose a deep blue sapphire, for example, the colour may be less apparent.
And speaking of colour: sapphires have this in abundance! Aside from the range of colours sapphires are available in, there are numerous shades of colour within each of these as well.
And since colour is really about personal preference, you’ll certainly find a sapphire shade to suit your tastes. Unlike the diamond, there is no international consensus about how to grade sapphires, and there is no universal coding system for these gemstones.
Finally, there’s the carat weight. In this, sapphires lose out to diamonds, since these gemstones are heavier. This means that you’ll receive slightly less surface area per carat than you would with a diamond.
But as sapphires are more affordable than diamonds, this might not be enough to deter the sapphire lovers out there. And if you’ve decided against a blue sapphire (which is the most popular colour) then you’re in even more luck. The other shades of sapphire are even more affordable.
And there you have it! Now that you’ve learned all about sapphires, will you opt-in for this royal beauty for your engagement ring? Take a look at our range of sapphire engagement rings to help you make up your mind.