Sapphire and diamond engagement rings are the perfect alternative to the tradional diamond engagement rings.
The most recognisable sapphire and diamond engagement ring is the one Prince Charles proposed to the late Lady Diana Spencer with in 1981 and is now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge after their son Prince William proposed with the same ring.
The sapphire after a diamond is the hardiest of stones scoring nine on the Mohs scale and is the perfect choice as the centre stone in an engagement ring as it very well suited to withstand the daily wear and tear that an engagement ring is subjected to.
The sapphire popularity can also be explained, by the fact that they are priced very attractively when compared to the other most popular engagement ring stones, diamonds, emeralds and rubies.
Sapphires, unlike diamonds, are very rarely certificated, and even when they are, they are not graded against the universally accepted criteria of colour, clarity, and cut in the same way as diamonds are.
BIGGER DOES NOT MEAN BETTER
The sapphire like all gemstones is expressed in terms of carat weight with 1 carat equal to 0.2 grams. Sapphire gemstones are denser than a diamond, so if the two stones were of same weight, the sapphire would be smaller in appearance.
Just like a diamond, a bigger stone does not necessarily mean better, and larger stones may be impractical for a ring warn on a daily basis.
The cost, of course, will also be a consideration, as the price of a sapphire will increase exponentially as the size increase.
BLUE IS NOT THE ONLY COLOUR
The most popular colour for a sapphire is blue, but it is also available in the colours of the rainbow, pink, yellows, mauve, oranges and green.
Most sapphires have experienced heat enhancement which is a widespread technique, and this centuries-old process improves the colour and clarity of a sapphire.
Deep rich blue sapphires are the most popular and look beautiful under various light sources. Paler stones, on the other hand, can look a little washed out in bright daylight. You might also wish to consider the colour’s hue with many people liking the hint of violet behind the dominant blue.
SAPPHIRES DO HAVE INCLUSIONS
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) define the sapphire as a ‘Type 2’, and this means that most sapphires are not entirely free of natural inclusions and blemishes.
However just like when choosing a diamond the most important thing is how the stone looks with the naked eye and again if you are looking for a flawless stone these as a flawless diamond will be expensive
BE AWARE OF ZONING
When the colour of a sapphire is not spread evenly, this creates patches of light and dark giving the stone a stripy appearance. A stonecutter will do their very best to make shaw the zoning is not visible when you view the stone from its top perspective.
CUTS OF SAPPHIRES
Most sapphires crystals in their rough form have an elongated shape and stones cut as ovals or rectangle shapes will retain the most weight, and because of this, there is normally a good selection of top-quality stones to choose from in these shapes, although sapphires are available in most shapes and sizes.
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