The interest in sapphire engagement rings is no new thing. The recent trend emerged with the engagement of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, back in 2010. But really, you could say that it was the Duke’s parents who sparked the interest 30 years earlier. And the sapphire has a long history when it comes to engagement rings, with coloured gems being highly popular long before diamonds became a girl’s best friend. The sapphire’s popularity has endured, quite simply, because they are stunning. But there is more to it than that.
Five Reasons Why Sapphires are Loved for Custom Engagement Rings
Sapphires are strong
Most people know that the diamond is the strongest gemstone around. On the Moh’s Scale, the ranking system for mineral hardness, the diamond is at the top, scoring a 10. But the sapphire isn’t that far behind, scoring a 9. This means that it’s durable, scratch-resistant, and very strong – all qualities that you want from the physical symbol of your relationship.
Sapphires come in more colours than blue
The breath-taking blue of the Ceylon sapphire is both iconic and incomparably beautiful. But what many people don’t know is that sapphires come in a full range of colours: white, yellow, orange, mauve, and as you can see above, pink. You can even find ‘colour-change’ sapphires, that can look totally different under different lighting conditions. Of course, the beauty of this is that you gain all the benefits of the sapphire – the scintillation, the strength. But if blue is not for you, you have a whole host of other colours to choose from.
Sapphires are more affordable than diamonds
Despite the fact that they’re rarer stones, sapphires actually cost less money than diamonds. This is partly due to advertising and popularity – thanks, De Beers! And partly because of the mining process. But what this means for you when designing your custom engagement ring is that you can get more stone for your money. So, whether you need to work to a tighter budget, want a bigger centre stone, or are looking for contrasting gems for a trilogy or halo ring, the sapphire presents fantastic value.
What’s more, sapphires are gaining value. So, the chances are, that any sapphire you invest in now, will be worth considerably more in the future.
Sapphires are a more ethical choice
One of the loveliest things about the sapphire is that most of them are mined by small, independently run family businesses. This means that the stones are traceable, worker conditions can be more easily monitored, and they are not associated with conflict. While there is no room for sweeping statements when it comes to the gem industry, and there will always be unscrupulous suppliers, sapphires are one of the safest choices when it comes to ethics.
The stone’s symbolism
One of the reasons why so many couples opt for a diamond engagement ring is because of the De Beers’ slogan, ‘a diamond is forever’. Symbolism can be immensely important when selecting an engagement ring. And when it comes to designing a custom engagement ring, couples often put a lot of thought into stone selection. Not just what the stone looks like, but what it means. And the sapphire is full of symbolism: divinity, health, peace, beauty, joy, truth and wish fulfilment.
When it comes to selecting a stone for your custom engagement ring, the sapphire has a lot to offer. But above and beyond anything else, these stones are simply beautiful. And we absolutely love them.
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