Your soulmate has stepped out of your dreams and into reality – congratulations! Aside from feeling a wealth of emotions, you also might be completely overwhelmed by the question of an engagement ring.
What if your special someone is just not into diamonds? Don’t worry – a diamond is not actually necessary! The whole idea of a 2 paycheck worth of an engagement ring was actually a marketing tactic made in the early days of the 20th century.
Fortunately, there are other choices – the most enchanting one being sapphire engagement rings.
Sapphires vs Diamonds
A sapphire engagement ring is not as unusual as you may think – many a royal can boast this precious stone on their finger, including the late Princess Diana!
In comparison with its deep, ineffable blue, a diamond might seem a little…bland. A good dazzle just doesn’t cut it – your soulmate’s ring, just like your soulmate, needs to have some depth to it. And while it’s wonderful to get lost in a diamond’s brilliance, one look at a sapphire enchants with its beauty, mystery, and enchantments. With a sapphire, size really doesn’t matter. A diamond usually needs to be on the large size to inspire adoring gasps, but just one speck of magical blue is all it takes to turn heads.
Just like diamonds, sapphires can be combined with any kind of metal – though we should point out that yellow gold would be a rare choice, it all depends on personal taste!
If you’re wondering how much is a sapphire engagement ring, the answer is less expensive than a diamond (in most cases).
Finding that perfect blue
If you’re planning to buy a sapphire engagement ring, the one thing you need to be absolutely sure about is the color.
Most sapphires will have very small traces of violet or green – in other words, they will have a secondary hue. Your goal here is to choose the one with the least noticeable secondary hue.
Another aspect you should consider is the strength of the color itself – the stone’s saturation. The untrained eye cannot easily discern this, so trust in your dealer is key. Ask for moderate or strong saturation.
So, if you look for a pure blue hue, with moderate to strong saturation you should be presented with a deep blue stone.
Cut, Clarity, and Style
Clarity, when looking at diamonds, is scrutinized – they need to be inspected by a magnifying glass. Sapphires, on the other hand, needs to be “eye clean,” meaning that any inclusions need to be invisible to the naked eye. Of course, the fewer inclusions, the better.
When it comes to the cut, sapphires are extremely versatile – an oval, a marquise, a pear or anything your (soul mate’s) heart desires will not affect the future value of the ring. What most important here is that you make sure the cutter is professional and skilled.
The style of the ring itself should be in accordance with your loved one’s taste – there really are no limits when it comes to sapphires! Paired with other stones (diamonds and sapphires make for a striking combination), set in a variety of metals, bold rings, delicate rings, art deco-inspired rings, modern rings – anything is on the table!
Remember, all you need to do is look for good color, a reputable dealer and cutter, and make sure the engagement ring you choose is in a style your soulmate loves! If you want to make it extra special, you can even create your own design – we at Santayana can offer you custom made jewelry. So, get in touch and make that leap to the happiest days of your life!