There is a saying that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” That may be true, but the humble sapphire is gaining ground on that idea. Just like a diamond, a sapphire gemstone is readily available in every shape and cut. Furthermore, the price for a sapphire is much more reasonable. Your engagement ring is supposed to be a once in a lifetime purchase. Why not give it the personal attention to detail that it deserves.
Maybe blue isn’t your favorite color. Don’t concern yourself, because sapphires come in several other colors. Blue is the most popular and well known of all the sapphires, but pink and yellow sapphires can be found. The popularity of the pink sapphire for engagement rings is growing rapidly. Some sapphire enthusiasts select purple, orange, or green stones. Some prefer the black ones. Yes, I said sapphires come in black tones.
Just like a diamond, there are four “Cs” to categorizing a sapphire gemstone. They are color, clarity, cut and carat weight. The color of course is what shade the sapphire is. The clarity comes in when you look at the stone with the naked eye and see no inclusions. The inclusions should only show up under expert magnification. The less visible the inclusions are, the higher the grade of the stone. The cut refers to how it was faceted and polished. This is what makes a sapphire really sparkle. Carat weight refers to the size of the stone. The larger the stone, the higher the carat weight.
So, your curious mind wants to know where sapphires come from. Burma, Sri Lanka and Madagascar produce stones in varying shades of blue. Australian mines produce stones that are a darker hue, the post popular shade. Mines in Thailand, Cambodia, Kenya, and Tanzania produce sapphires in a rainbow of colors. Some sapphire suppliers heat the stones before sale or trade. Treatments of 4000 C to 17000 C are known to improve the color and clarity.
The Moh’s scale of mineral hardness ranks the ability of one natural mineral to visibly scratch the surface of another mineral. Diamonds are ranked at on the Moh’s scale at 10, nearly the hardest mineral to be found. Sapphires enter the list at 9. The sapphire has superior physical properties that render it nearly indestructible. A sapphire engagement ring will stand up to a lifetime of everyday abuse.
More affordable than a diamond, quality sapphire jewelry is within the budget of just about anybody. So, buy that special sapphire ring for that special someone. Follow the trend of the Royal Family. No, start your own trend.