Diamonds versus Sapphires
Although diamonds are still more commonly used in engagement rings than Sapphires, a quick glance through any type of Bridal magazine might leave you convinced otherwise. Aside from the obvious reason of so many beautiful colors to choose from, you might be surprised to learn that Sapphires can offer other advantages too.
The first fact about using Sapphires in your engagement ring is that they too can last forever. We all know that diamonds are extremely hard and durable, but did you know that Sapphires are also very hard and durable? In fact Sapphires fall right behind diamonds on the Mohs Hardness scale. Diamonds have a hardness rating of 10, whereas Sapphires have a hardness rating of 9. Here is a link that explains that figure: http://www.amfed.org/t_mohs.htm
Sapphires are also called Corundum, which is a Crystalline form of Aluminum Oxide. When Corundum forms, it can form with impurities, just like diamonds can. These impurities are what causes the beautiful colors found in Sapphires and diamonds. So both diamonds and sapphires are formed in many, many different colors and shades. It basically boils down to the type and amount of impurities that are caught up in the Sapphire and diamond formation, that determines the color that will result. One difference however is when no impurities are caught in the formation. A pure diamond formation will result in a perfectly colorless diamond, a D color grade. However when Corundum forms without any impurities, it will either result in a Red Ruby, or a Padparadscha Sapphire. (Pink-Orange in color)
Padparadscha are extremely rare and desired by many different cultures!
**Sapphire Versus Diamond Facts**
*Sapphires are more dense than diamonds. An example of this would be if we used a 1 carat diamond. A perfectly cut 1 carat diamond will measure approximately 6.5 millimeters in diameter, whereas a Sapphire that measures 6.5 millimeters in diameter may weigh as much as 1.50 carats!
*Just like diamonds, Sapphires are available in many different shapes. However you may find that Oval is the most common shape of Sapphire whereas Round is the most popular shape of diamond.
*Sapphires can have inclusions just like diamonds. Sapphires with less inclusions are typically considered more desirable and valuable.
*Sapphires can be graded by GIA just like diamonds. Although this is a true fact, GIA grading is usually only performed on the most valuable Sapphires, Rubies and Padparadscha’s.
*White sapphires offer a very reasonable alternative to diamond engagement rings. White sapphires can cost as little as 10% as much as diamonds and can be almost as brilliant!
If you would like to know more about Sapphire Engagement Ring options or would like assistance in finding the perfect Sapphire for your engagement ring, please contact us at the address provided below. Since we create and design all of our own diamond engagement ring settings and Sapphire engagement ring settings, we are able to offer custom engagement ring designs to our customers.
Blooming Beauty Ring Company
629 South Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90014