Sapphire Engagement Rings
Spring and summer mark the beginning of engagement season, and with that comes a multitude of ring choices. Most couples opt for the classic diamond, but when the budget doesn’t quite have the means for the kind of diamond you want, or you are just looking for a unique alternative to what everyone else is wearing, you may want to seriously consider Sapphire Engagement Rings.
Sapphires are actually more rare than diamonds, and so close to the look of a diamond that many choose a white sapphire to save an incredible amount of money.
Sapphires are thought to only come in the gorgeous blue associated with its name, but they also come in a variety of other colors that will delight any receiver. Below is a guide to the more popular Sapphire engagement ring colors, and how to navigate around them so that you will be prepared this engagement season.
Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings
Starting with the most popular kind of sapphire, the blue is elegant and also comes in many different “shades” of blue. Though people usually flock to diamonds for their value, blue sapphires are actually more rare than diamonds, and are often the choice for most royal engagement rings because of their natural value. Just think of Princess Diana’s engagement ring, which was then given to Princess Kate.
There are different shades and cuts available for you to choose when it comes to the blue sapphire. The rarest is the royal blue color, but depending on your taste, there is really an endless variety. The changes in color are determined by what other elements are found in the stone, so you could find a very light blue, or a very dark blue. The cut of the stone often influences how it will look, so keep this in mind as well. When in doubt, ask a professional to explain how cuts can change the hue and look of the stone, and let them help you find exactly what you are picturing in your head.
Light Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Deep Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Peach – Champagne Sapphire Engagement Rings
This is one of the rarest colors of sapphires. It is a gorgeous light color that will often change a bit depending on the light. When you go out at night it will seem like you have a darker shaded ring compared to what it looks like when you are out shopping in the day. It is almost like the stone changes colors to match the mood of the occasion—something so simple, yet sophisticated. This is one of the classiest and most coveted colors amongst the sapphires because of its rarity, it’s uniqueness, and also because it adds a layer of elegance and grace to any outfit and any occasion. Whenever you wear it, you will definitely be noticed.
Some think Peach-Champagne Sapphires look their best on a gold band, while others prefer them in a Rose Gold Engagement Ring. So when shopping for this gorgeous stone, make sure to ask for the different options. You will want to look for a type of engagement ring style that really compliments the stone, but does not distract from the soft glitter and color of the sapphire. Perhaps one of the most popular styles of engagement rings that is chosen for Peach Sapphires are Halo Engagement Rings. This means that there will be a delicate outline of diamonds surrounding the main Peach Sapphire gemstone, in order to outline and enhance it’s color and beauty. Halo styles are preferred by many brides for their Sapphire engagement ring. (Again think Princess Diana’s Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring. It is an Oval Halo)
The Padparadscha Sapphire is very similar to the peach-champagne sapphire, however it is a darker shade of peach, running more along the shade of salmon than anything. It is one of the most prized colors among many different cultures, and while not much is known about this extremely rare gemstone to the general public, a sapphire expert would be able to spot this rare beauty from a mile away.
Peach Champagne Cushion Cut Sapphire – Rare!
Oval Cut Padparadscha Sapphire – Very Rare
White Sapphire Engagement Rings
This the perfect option for someone who wants the elegance and beauty of a diamond, but does not quite have the budget for it. Even though white sapphires are one of the rarest colors, there is not as much of a demand for it as there is for blue sapphires, perhaps there would be if people knew they could interchange them with diamonds and save a bundle.
They are just under diamonds on the hardness scale, ranking at a 9, so they are almost as durable as diamonds. They also come in the same kinds of cuts as diamonds, so as far looks go, white sapphires are almost indistinguishable from diamonds. Many couples that cannot afford the diamond size or quality that they want, often buy white sapphires because the price difference allows for them to get what they want without compromising on very much else. Even the highest quality White Sapphires can be as much as 90% less expensive than a diamond of comparable size.
If you’re on the fence about purchasing a white sapphire vs. a diamond consider that sapphires are actually much more rare than diamonds, and white sapphires are among the rarest. Making your engagement ring very rare, and very unique. Many of our customers have opted to go the white sapphire route to save money, and they always thank us for coming up with the option. They really look beautiful. Take a look below at the video. We shot this with a white sapphire as the center gemstone. Looks like a diamond, doesn’t it?
Every Ring at BloomingBeautyRing.com can be set with a sapphire center. In fact it can be set with any gemstone. Once you let us know exactly what you’re looking for we will track down the best possible choices for you. No matter which color or shape you desire.
Additional Information about Sapphires
There’s more to the sapphire engagement ring than just beauty and cost. There’s also the folklore, stories, and beliefs many people swear by. You can read more about the myths surrounding the September birthstone here. http://www.americangemsociety.org/september-birthstone.
Here’s a fun fact about sapphires. A Ruby and a Sapphire are exactly the same thing. Both are second only to diamonds in hardness, both are made from aluminum and oxygen, both are extremely rare, both come in many shades, but when it’s a shade of red it’s a called a ruby. Any other color and it’s called a sapphire. Learn more interesting facts at Gemnation.
Be Creative and Take Your Time
Regardless of which color you settle on to mark your joyous engagement occasion, remember that there are literally thousands of choices. Your taste and preference are really what matters the most. Sapphire Engagement Rings are cost effective, beautiful and unique. Take the time to really think about what you want in an engagement ring and then find the perfect shade and cut to make those dreams come true.