Sapphire Engagement Rings
When we think of sapphire engagement rings often the first thing that springs to mind is the classic, yellow gold band with a sapphire surrounded by diamond a la Princess Diana’s ring. There is no doubt that this design is iconic but, in truth, there are so many options for sapphire engagement rings: from classic to modern, from vintage to trendy and everything in between. Now, obviously, the centre piece of your ring will be the sapphire and that makes your choice of stone significant. We’re going to take a moment here to discuss all of the different kinds of sapphires you have to choose from.
Genuine Sapphire Engagement Rings
Genuine sapphires come in a range of colours including: blue, purple, green, orange, pink, white, yellow and in every hue from pastel to saturated. Most sapphires on the market are heat treated to create more desirable, saturated colours. Especially in blue. This treatment is applied through intense heat to change, for example, a natural pastel hued crystal into a deeply saturated colour. This treatment is stable and the colour will not change over time. Treated sapphires are often less expensive than non-treated sapphires because they are more abundant.
Recently, the desire for more pastel hues has led to an interest in natural, unheated sapphires. Natural sapphires or untreated sapphires are rarer and are often more expensive. The one thing to be careful of when working with natural sapphires is the treatment of heat. If, for example, a natural sapphire ring requires sizing and heat is applied to the stone through the sizing process then there is a risk of the stone changing colour. In these cases it’s very important to proceed with caution. At flux+ form we are pleased to offer our clients a beautiful selection of natural, untreated sapphires from a variety of sources. We do also offer treated sapphires which are also exquisitely beautiful.
For more lovely examples of natural sapphires please visit our partner Sorbet Sapphire.
The Classic Sapphire Blue
We see a lot of sapphire rings passed down in families from one generation to another. It is these pieces that have informed a lot of the understanding of sapphires in the general public. These pieces are most often set with the the dark, opaque navy blue sapphires. This is because in days gone by this quality of stone was plentiful and easier to obtain. So this is the colour that most people think of when they think of sapphire. But, historically, the most classic sapphire blue is called Ceylon, named after an area in Sri Lanka. This archetypal material is medium blue in shade and transparent. The shade has also been described as corn flower blue. You will find that sapphires in this shade are the most expensive, especially if the stone is untreated.
Padparadscha Sapphire Engagement Ring
There is another shade of sapphire that has it’s own name and that is the wonderful Padparadscha. A padparadscha sapphire is a subtle mixture of pink and orange tones and is also a highly sought after stone. There is still a lot of debate around the proper classification of a gem as ‘Padparadscha’ or not, some labs calling a stone pink or orange and others deeming it Padparadscha. To view a selection of natural padparadscha please visit our partner Sorbet Sapphire.
Synthetic Sapphire Engagement Ring
Synthetic Sapphires are known by many aliases including: man-made sapphires, lab-created sapphires, lab-made sapphires, lab sapphires and artisinal sapphires. A synthetic sapphire is chemically identical to a genuine sapphire from the earth except that it has been purposely made in a lab by humans. While you may think that all sapphire material created in a lab is equal, this is not true. Some companies take more time to create high quality, well cut material and others focus on inexpensive material, cut quickly in order to offer less expensive gems. If you are interested in a synthetic sapphire engagement ring we would suggest higher quality gemstones such as Chatham Created Stones.
If you’re interested in learning more on the syntethic stones you can visit this guide.
Montana Sapphire Engagement Ring
In the late 1800’s sapphires were discovered in Montana. Nobody much paid them any mind as there was gold in them thar fields and the yellow metal was much more alluring to people at the time. In the 1980’s people became interested in these sapphires again. Montana sapphires do come in every colour but most common are the blue and green hues. In fact, they are often colour zoned showing both blues and greens in the same crystal. Montana sapphires are natrual and not treated. If you’re interested in a Montana sapphire engagement ring you may want to get a move on. It’s been reported that the sapphire deposits in Montana are running out. Luckily our suppliers have some wonderful specimens we would be happy to show you!
For some gorgeous examples of Montana sapphire please visit our partner Pierre de Charme.
Rose Cut Sapphire Engagement Ring
A rose cut sapphire is a sapphire that has been cut in an old style. A rose cut is the next step in the evolution of stone cutting, following the rounded cabachon, with a flat bottom and two levels of facets rising to a point. These facets create light reflection and make a gem sparkle much more than the previous cabachon cut. Recently, rose cut sapphire engagement rings have become quite popular. In fact rose cut engagement rings of any stone are becoming quite popular. But the best choice for a ring you will wear everyday is definitely a diamond, sapphire or ruby. You’ll want to avoid the other kinds of gems that have been rose cut as it’s likely they won’t stand up to everyday wear.
If you are interested in learning more about sapphires or seeing some in person we’d be happy help, get in touch today!