Choosing The Perfect Diamonds And Sapphires
Making a custom made diamond and sapphire engagement ring is the perfect alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring.
Sapphires are available in an array of stunning colours - not just blue. They are considered one of the "Big Four" of precious gemstones, alongside diamonds rubies and emeralds, scoring nine on the Mohs scale. Sapphires are well suited to withstand the wear and tear that engagement rings are subjected to as only a diamond is harder.
Popularity Of Sapphires
Sapphire engagement ring first came to prominence is the 18th century. Prince Charles in presenting the late Princess Diana with a diamond and sapphire engagement ring is credited with fuelling the increase in sales of this most popular gemstone as a diamond alternative for an engagement ring in the current era.
The sapphire engagement ring sales were further increased when Prince William proposed to Duchess of Cambridge with his late mother's ring.
Sapphires are available in a variety of stone shapes, sizes and clarity; however, what sets them apart from diamonds is their density meaning a sapphire will be smaller than a diamond of the same weight.
Unlike the diamond, it is most unusual for sapphires to come with a certificate as there are no universally accepted criteria for colour, clarity and cut in the same way diamonds.
Heat Treated Sapphires
Most sapphires experience heat enhancement; this centuries-old technique improves the colour and clarity of a sapphire, leaving it in a stable state that won't alter over time.
Sapphires can also be found in their natural state if that is your preference.
Blue Sapphires Are Not The Only Colour
The most famous sapphires are a vibrant royal blue or peacock blue shade of colour that looks great under various light sources, but sapphires can also come in a range of gorgeous pinks, vibrant yellows, purples, blues with a violet tint, orange and greens shades.
This spectrum of colours increases further the popularity of the sapphire when creating a bespoke engagement ring.
The Cost Of A Sapphire
Sapphires will increase in price based upon their weight and the strength of their colour, however, because unlike a diamond their sizes vary finding a stone the meets your budget and expectation will be a lot easier.
Buying A Sapphire From An Expert
Unlike with diamonds that are today often bought online choosing a sapphire has to be done in person so that you can find your perfect colour and stone shape, and as an expert with a passion for colours, I will help you choose your ideal stone.
Uniqe Styles & Choices To View & Try On
Traditionally sapphire engagement rings found on the high street will be with the sapphire as the centre stone, with ovals and cushion shape sapphires the most popular.
When choosing to create a unique engagement ring, you could decide to have a diamond as your centre stone surrounded by a halo of sapphires or with a sapphire either side as a three-stone engagement ring.
And when it comes to stone shapes the sky, the limit, with endless options available to you. You could decide on a brilliant-cut centre stone with a pear shape on either side as just one example.
Be inspired by a vast, collection of past commissioned custom made Sapphire and Diamond engagement rings, individually designed with love and crafted at my Hatton Garden workshop.
100’s of bespoke wax ring designs available for you to see, try on and draw your inspiration from as your ring ideas evolve.
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