Sapphire Rings as Engagement Rings
Blue Sapphire is one of the legendary “Big Four Primary Gemstones” – Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond. This historical “precious” status and its exceptional durability has made Sapphire a suitable and highly desirable choice for engagement and wedding rings for many generations.
Prince Charles’ gift of a 12-carat “Royal Blue” sapphire to Princess Diana for their wedding made blue sapphire a very famous and popular alternative engagement stone in the 1980’s, and Prince William and Kate Middleton, with the same stone having brought resurgent interest to the mesmerizing blue of sapphire stones.
For most people in Malaysia and Singapore, it is quite a novel idea to use a sapphire ring as an engagement ring. But sitting in the geological heart of Asia, it should be a natural desire to use the finest gems produced in the region as enduring, precious symbols of love! The finest sapphires come from Kashmir, Burma, Sri Lanka and Madagascar, all with their origin in the ancient Himalayas before filtering down into the great rivers of Asia.
Sapphire gemstones come in an amazing range of colours, with blue sapphire being the most familiar. From sparkling pastels to vibrant “Cornflower” medium blue, and deep, rich “Royal Blue”, there’ll be a perfect sapphire to suit anyone’s taste. Sapphires also come in a dazzling array of other beautiful natural colours: Pink, Green, Orange, Yellow and all shades in between. The famous orangy-pink “Padparadscha” colour is also a favourite for those seeking a rare and unusual stone for an engagement ring. Look for gems with an even distribution of colour throughout the stone. If you are seeking your own unique personal colour, one that you are unlikely to ever see on anyone else, then sapphire is a great gem to be looking at!
“Quality” in sapphire is a complicated subject, and it is helpful to be aware of the various factors that go into setting the value of a particular stone. Sapphire is second only to Diamond in hardness, and the resistance to chipping and abrasion are second to none, making it an outstandingly durable choice for a gemstone to be worn in daily life. Stones that are naturally free from cracks will have superior durability, as cracks are difficult to initiate in sapphire. Gems that are free from eye-visible internal inclusions and any small external cavities, chips or abrasions are most desirable. Colour is a matter of taste, not quality, so a top-quality pastel to medium tone stone may be surprisingly more affordable than you might think. Intensely-coloured medium to medium-dark gems are most valuable, all else being equal.
Skilled cutting brings out the superior fire and brilliance of sapphire, and careful polishing of each facet accents the dazzling natural surface shine. Cabochon cut gems show the colour of the sapphire at its simple best and can have a natural “organic” appeal.
Heat treatment of corundum (the mineral that comprises Ruby and Sapphire) has been standard and normal for many years, as gentle heating in a controlled oven often enhances the clarity of sapphire, “melting” the natural impurities in the sapphire crystal to make the gem more sparkly and transparent. This is an accepted practice, as it is detectable by trained gemologists, and the results are good and permanent. 100% unheated natural gems are a small fraction of the market, often sought after by collectors, investors and gemstone lovers, and you can expect certified untreated sapphires to fetch at least double the price of normal heated stones.
The talented design team at La Putri both in Singapore and Malaysia can help you to find the perfect sapphire ring and the best setting suited to your lifestyle. Alternatively, browse our stores to see our collections.