Sapphire engagement rings are a first choice for many Europeans unlike diamond rings which are a North American tradition. In other parts of the world, people consider the whole spectrum of gemstones as viable options for a center stone.
Remember Princess Diana's beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring which Kate Middleton proudly wears today? In her family, the precious blue gemstone reigned supreme above all other gems for their bridal jewelry.
However blue isn't the only color they come in. There are also fancy colored sapphires which come in pink and yellow, and white ones that look just like diamonds.
Generally speaking blue sapphires are more expensive than the fancy colored ones and all of them are less expensive than a diamond (4Cs being equal). What's even better, is that today sapphires are found on almost every continent and are available at every budget.
Blue sapphire rings are by far the most popular likely because of its Royal connection. Lady Diana's ring was so popular that many jewelers at the time, designed similar pieces. Now, with Kate Middleton (a fashionista in her own right) wearing the ring, we're seeing whole collections. Check out our top picks for Di/Kate inspired diamond and sapphire engagement rings.
Although sapphires come in many colors, the traditional color is that rich velvet blue and is the official birthstone of September. The blue sapphire ranges in tone from the deepest of blues to the lighter mid-blues of a beautiful summer sky with the Kashmir Cornflower Blue Sapphire being the rarest and most expensive.
Pink falls into the fancy sapphires category but a pink sapphire can actually cost quite a bit less than the blue varieties, especially in the lighter pastel shades. And compared to a fancy pink diamond, it's an unbelievable deal!
Going for a pink stone is really a question of personal style and taste. It's all up to you! The only thing to keep in mind is that generally speaking, the more vivid the color and clearer the stone, the more valuable it will be.
We love the white variety of this precious gemstone! It looks just like a diamond, it's as close in hardness on the Mohs scale as you can get, and it costs soooo much less. What's there not to like?
If you love the look of a traditional diamond ring but you just don't have the budget, a white sapphire is a great way to go...
We often get asked about Canary diamonds. You know the ones... those yellow diamonds that are both gorgeous and expensive. Let's face it, most of us will never have the budget for one of those beauties but we can still have a fantastic yellow engagement ring.
We love these rings and the fresh and summery palette created by the yellow and white stones, especially when coupled with yellow gold. It's like a little ray of sunshine for your ring finger.
Like its cousin the ruby, all sapphires are very durable and hard—almost as hard as a diamond. They will stand up to a lot more abuse and need much less care than softer stones. They're also very lustrous and depending on the quality of stone will reflect light at diamond-like levels.
|Color||Blue, Yellow, White, Pink, and variations for each.|
|Hardness (Mohs Scale 1-10)||9|
|Luster||Glassy, Brilliant or Diamond-like|
Engaging Tip: Given the hardness and durability of the stone, consider getting a fancy sapphire over other stones of the same color because you won't have to worry about nicks or scratches nearly as much.
As you can see from the examples above, there are no real conventions when it comes to settings for sapphire engagement rings.
Contemporary, classic, pave, traditional or vintage, the stone works equally well in all types of settings and all colored metals. However, both the traditional blue as well as the fancier colors will usually have diamond accents to frame and accentuate the sapphire to its fullest.
Our favorites? Any of the colors with white diamond or sapphire accents. There's just something about the richness of color against the white gemstones that makes us weak in the knees.