Following on from our previous blog about the origins and meanings of birthstones, now that September is upon us we have decided to do a quick post about this month’s beloved stone: the Sapphire. Sapphires are one of the most popular gem stones, after diamonds and we can see why. Sapphires are beautiful to look at, have very desirable properties and look good in a whole host of different styles of settings. So, let’s take a closer look at this beautiful blue stone.
What is a Sapphire Gemstone?
A sapphire gemstone is most commonly associated with a vibrant blue colour but sapphires can come in a wide range of colours – from white, yellow, orange, brown, pink, all the way to black! Sapphire is exceptionally durable, with only diamonds being a harder natural occurring gemstone. However, this still means that sapphires should be handled with care to avoid any chipping. It is interesting to note that in the gem trade, the word ‘sapphire’ applies only to blue sapphires and a prefix of the colour desired such as ‘pink sapphire’ or else a prefix of ‘fancy’ needs to be added to clarify.
What to Look Out for When Buying Sapphires
Like most gemstones, the most important thing when buying sapphires is to look out for colour. The more vivid blue sapphires are more expensive – the more colour = more expensive. Also, like all other stones, ideally you want the stone to be inclusion free or at least have inclusions that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Large carat weights of sapphire are very rare so they can be expensive.
Here are some of our favourite sapphire rings that we have available in store for you to view:
Set in 18k white gold this marquise cut sapphire and diamond halo engagement ring has a total carat weight of 2.05 carats. The Bespoke setting was locally hand made by our designer with his inspiration being based on various Art Deco designs. The pave set band has both marquise cut and round cut diamonds which lead upward towards a marquise cut sapphire which exudes a beautiful tone of blue. The centre sapphire has a carat weight of 1.70 carats.
This is the perfect style of engagement ring for someone who loves the classic style of engagement ring but want to differentiate theirs by adding a little pop of colour. This beautiful sapphire and diamond ring is set on a classic 18k yellow gold band. The centre stone is a magnificent, vibrant 1.90t sapphire. On each side of this centre stone are two 0.50ct diamonds. The centre stone is held in by six-claws which makes the ring even more unusual.
Beautiful inky blue sapphire and diamond ring set in an antique style setting in 18k white gold with a carat weight of 1.45 carats.