All You Need To Know About Blue Sapphire Gemstones
BLUE SAPPHIRE ENGAGEMENT RINGS: An Exclusive Selection for Your Special Day
Are you seeking a vibrant gemstone that offers a sought-after and refined style for your engagement ring? Blue sapphires are one of the most coveted of precious colored stones available on the market today. Blue sapphires make the perfect addition to your fine jewelry collection, along with being the pinnacle choice for your engagement ring.
SAPPHIRES: A RAINBOW OF ULTIMATE LUXURY & DISTINCTION
Did you know that sapphires come in different colors, exhibiting intense, vibrant hues from all spectrums of the rainbow? These colored sapphires are referred to as fancy sapphires. These fancy sapphires are frequently set into tennis bracelets of divine bouquet clusters, accented by diamonds in rich premium metals, offering an exciting display of vibrancy and intrigue. You may sometimes run across these beautiful fancy sapphires while you search for blue sapphire engagement rings.
This article will focus on blue sapphires and the wondrous world of luxury and decadence they bring. This article will also provide detailed information on the different sapphire engagement ring styles available. Start shopping for your personalized sapphire engagement ring with easy-to-learn knowledge that will aid you in purchasing the sapphire ring you have in mind.
BLUE SAPPHIRES: One of the Coveted “Big 3” of Precious Gemstones
Sapphires are a part of what is called The Big 3. The Big 3 of the colored stones consists of sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Blue sapphires are a variety of the mineral corundum, along with rubies, which also makes them a relative to rubies! Corundum is composed of aluminum oxide with trace amounts of iron, magnesium, titanium, and chromium.
This exclusive trio of gemstones, including sapphires, rubies, and emeralds, offers an impressive color selection. But only one of these precious gems has an incredible blue hue that is striking...blue sapphires.
SAPPHIRES: Sourced Around the World
Sapphires are sourced from around the world. They may come from countries such as Australia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cambodia, Kashmir, and more.
The sapphires from Kashmir, known as Kashmir sapphires, display a soft cobalt blue. Kashmir sapphires are considered to be the finest quality of blue sapphires and may have higher price points than other varieties. According to GIA, sapphires with a strong to vivid color saturation are preferred. Kashmir sapphires have a “true” blue hue.
Blue Sapphires: Choosing Your Preferred Stone
Sapphires free from inclusions, with intense color saturation, are the preferred stone. These sapphires will have a single color throughout the stone, with little to no undertones, such as green, which is common in blue sapphires. Sapphires may have color zoning, where the sapphire has streaks of color that are apparent under a microscope. Color zoning is a frequent occurrence that adds a unique quality to the sapphire.
Faceted or cabochon sapphires should have specific dimensions that are standard size measurements. Stones that have irregular dimensions will be harder to set. Most sapphires and other stones are not 100% symmetrical. These small variants will not detract from the all-over beauty the sapphire displays.
When selecting a sapphire, take note of the sides, height, and depth. If the stone is too irregular, it may be harder to set in your desired ring mounting.
Blue Sapphires: Perfect For Frequent Wear
Blue sapphires are not only gorgeous but durable as well. Sapphires rate 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making them perfect for frequent wear. Diamonds rate 10 on the scale, making sapphires a fantastic complement or alternative to diamonds when purchasing a fine piece of jewelry.
This innate durability will help the sapphire from easily being chipped, cracked, or broken as easily as other stones, such as the emerald. This is what makes sapphire suitable for an engagement ring. Sapphires are strong and will withstand frequent wear through life’s daily challenges.
A SUMMARY OF SAPPHIRE QUALITY FACTORS ACCORDING TO GIA:
- COLOR: Sapphires come in a variety of colors, with high saturation preferred.
- CLARITY: Sapphires may contain inclusions. The finer quality sapphire will be free of inclusions.
- CUT: Refers to the cut or shape of the stone.
- CARAT WEIGHT: The stone weight of the sapphire. Just like a diamond, colored stones also have carat weights.
PLEASE NOTE: Colored stones are also graded, just like diamonds. Instead of assessment using the 4c’s of diamonds, sapphires are graded on a different scale tailored to colored stone attributes. At Barkev's we use AAA sapphires, meaning we only deal with the highest quality gemstones.
BLUE SAPPHIRE ENGAGEMENT RINGS
The different styles to choose from when selecting a sapphire engagement ring or sapphire and diamond engagement ring are endless! Blue sapphires are always set into artistic creations that are perfect for your engagement ring and wedding occasion.
BYPASS ENGAGEMENT RINGS: A UNIQUE TWIST ON A CLASSIC STYLE
Bypass rings feature center stone(s) and appear almost like a swirling ribbon band. Solitaire bypass engagement rings, halo bypass engagement rings, and cluster bypass engagement rings are just some of the styles available. Instead of a classic round shank, bypass rings meet at the center point from each side, giving the overall design a vintage influence.
Bypass rings may appear as if the ring part “passes” over each other in a graceful shape. Bypass rings hug the finger as they amplify the stones featured in any unique setting.
Bypass rings feature stones on the band, or they can have a simple band. If a bypass ring is chosen as an engagement ring, purchasing a made-to-match wedding band is optimal so the bridal ring set will lay in harmony.
Barkev’s offers double and single bypass settings in our Sapphire Engagement Ring Collection. These bypass engagement rings feature a middle stone of your selection, diamonds, and sapphires set on the band. From simplistic to statement worthy, these bypass rings exude an antique style that is bold and beautiful.
THREE-STONE SAPPHIRE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS
Three-stone diamond sapphire engagement rings represent the past, present, and future, symbolizing everlasting love and commitment. A three-stone engagement ring is perfect for those who want a multi-stone look. Sapphire and diamond 3-stone engagement rings stand out from the crowd with their dazzling elegance and luxurious vibrancy. Three- stone rings are also sought-after for anniversary gift ideas. Celebrate your next anniversary with a three-stone diamond sapphire ring.
HALO SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS
This stunning design features a multi-stone setting in the center, displaying incredible sparkle. Halo is a type of cluster setting usually with one main center stone surrounded by smaller accent stones. Cushion halo, round halo, emerald cut halo, pear halo, and marquise halo are all popular halo shapes for an engagement or anniversary ring. Halo engagement rings are perfect for those who love a vintage engagement ring, or retro style jewelry.Halos are an impressive way to showcase an assortment of sapphire and diamonds, in addition to other stones. Halos are frequently designed with raised basket settings that sit high above the finger.
Make dreams come true with a unique fine engagement ring that features an impressive blue sapphire placed center stage in various settings. Blue sapphires can also be featured as accent stones on the band or set into dazzling clusters. Blue sapphires are available in solitaire engagement ring styles that feature your favorite stone shape.
SAPPHIRES: EASY TO CARE FOR AND KEEP CLEAN
Taking care not to knock or drop your sapphire will prevent it from becoming damaged. Removing your fine jewelry before swimming or cleaning with chemicals is suggested in order to keep your jewelry pristine.
Sapphires can be easily cleaned in many different ways:
- Taking your jewelry to a local professional jeweler for a deep clean.
- Clean your jewelry with soapy warm water, soft toothbrush, or cloth. Avoid using anything harsh or abrasive. This may cause damage or built-up residue on the stone.
- Mild dishwashing soap can also be used.
- Store your jewelry in a jewelry cloth or away from environmental pollutants when it is not worn will help keep your jewelry safe and clean.
Invest in blue sapphires and appreciate their versatility, wearability, along with their unparalleled natural beauty. Find your dream ring today by browsing our huge selection of sapphire rings.