With the recent royal proposal using Princess Diana’s legendary sapphire ring, there has been a surge in popularity of sapphire engagement rings. But long before the current fuss over sapphires, they have been a choice for many brides for generations. Sapphires rate a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, while a diamond rates at a 10, making the sapphire an ideal long, wearing alternative to the diamond. But where do you start if you’ve decided that a sapphire engagement ring is the right choice for you?
Vintage Sapphire Engagement Rings
Sapphire engagement rings were popular during the Art Deco period and many beautiful vintage and antique sapphire rings can still be found. Because of their popularity, new sapphire engagement rings made in the Art Deco style have also become very popular. If you are shopping online, check out Fay Cullen or Ruby Lane as a source for vintage sapphire engagement rings. If you prefer to shop in person, look for a jeweler specializing in vintage and antique pieces or go on a hunt at estate sales and antique fairs.
Buying a Ready Made Sapphire Engagement Ring
When looking for a new ring, several companies specialize in sapphire engagement rings and many traditional diamond engagement ring retailers now also offer a selection of sapphire engagement rings. Sapphire rings not designed as engagement rings can always be used as an engagement ring, but remember that engagement rings typically mount the main stone, diamond or sapphire, a little higher to allow for a wedding band to sit flush with the engagement ring. Well known retailers specializing in sapphire engagement rings include The Natural Sapphire Company, Angara and Brilliant Earth.
Designing a Sapphire Engagement Ring
If you still can’t find what you want in either a vintage or new sapphire engagement ring, then the next route would be a custom or semi-custom ring option. For a completely custom sapphire ring, check out the work of Brian Gavin or Whiteflash. Although both are more well known for their diamond engagement rings, there are also many examples of beautiful sapphire rings they have created. For a semi-custom ring, you could choose a sapphire and a setting and then have it put together. One point to remember, standard wedding set and engagement ring mountings are designed for diamonds, which often have a shallower depth than a sapphire. Look for a diamond cut sapphire for a better fit in an engagement ring mounting. Sources for loose sapphire gemstones include Gems NY or Thai Gems.
Pink, White and Peach Colored Sapphires
Don’t just think blue sapphires, for you can find this beautiful stone in a variety of colors from very pale to deep and dramatic. Popular colors for sapphires include pink, white, and a peachy coral color also known as a padparadsha sapphire.
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