Blue Sapphires are an increasingly popular choice for engagement rings and wedding jewellery, due to their durability and vivid colours. They have long symbolised love and loyalty and transform any jewellery piece into a classic, universal statement accessory and could be worn at all occasions. See our Beginner’s guide to Blue Sapphire and discover all you need to know about the precious gem
Sapphire prices vary greatly, depending on the gemstone’s quality, size and colour. We believe that aesthetics is more important than the stone’s features and that the clients’ preferences should outweigh the class of the stone. However, there are still a few characteristics you may need to understand before purchasing sapphire engagement rings and wedding jewellery.
4Cs of Blue Sapphires
Blue Sapphires come in a wide array of shades, from delicate to velvety royal blue. The gem’s colour is its most crucial feature and it’s affected by three elements: hue, saturation and tone. Saturation is the most important component and refers to the amount of colour in the stone. Too much of it can cause the sapphire too look dark and too little makes the gem appear faded, so ideal saturation would rest between moderate and strong. Bear in mind that the blacker the colour, the lower the quality. Before purchasing, make sure the colour is equally distributed, unless if you are actually searching for a two-toned stone.
The gemstone’s appearance is solely affected by its origins and composition. Since each stone is unique, there aren’t any set measurements for ideal gemstone cut to enhance colour and beauty. When searching for a well-cut sapphire, opt for symmetrical stones with shape and size that suit the purpose and your tastes.
The Blue Sapphire carat depends on the stone’s density, which rests on the gem’s origins and mineral structure. Our experts suggest to focus on the overall appearance, measurements and shape instead of the stone carat. Sapphires are denser and therefore heavier than diamonds, so a one carat sapphire would look smaller than a one carat diamond with the exact same cut and measurements.
High clarity grade gemstones are extremely rare. Almost every natural sapphire has imperfections, however they may be desirable and benefit the stone’s colour and appearance by adding various nuances and secondary colours. The only flaw to avoid is inclusions, however they are insignificant as long as they remain invisible to the unarmed eye.
Synthetic VS Natural Sapphires
Chemically and physically, synthetic and natural sapphires are identical, however natural sapphires come at higher prices. They could be hard to distinguish from each other, even for trained gemmologists.
To discover the perfect blue sapphire, visit one of our stores or consult our specialists online. Steven Stone can source any stone to match your requirements, within your budget frame. For more information or to browse our selection of Sapphire engagement rings and jewellery, visit our website.
By Kristiana Georgieva