5 Reasons Why It’s Finally Time to Flash a Sapphire
A century’s worth of proposals has trained us to expect the ice white flash of a diamond on an engagement ring, but these days many couples are looking elsewhere for eternal elegance, and brightening up their lives with the colourful flare of a sapphire. You could chalk this up in part to Prince William presenting Kate Middleton with the late Princess Diana’s 12-carat blue sapphire engagement ring in 2010, but that’s not the only reason why modern couples are eyeing sapphires.
From standing apart in a crowd to exploring a world of colour, these are a few reasons why more and more people are seeking out the versatile, dazzling allure of sapphire.
It’s different than the norm
Let’s not get it twisted: diamonds are still exquisite. But there’s something to be said about breaking away from tradition. Going with the bold, peacock blue of a Sri Lankan sapphire over a colourless diamond defies expectations, and demands, at the very least, a double take. It’s an epic colour swap that will make jaws drop.
Sapphire is actually a legacy gem
While diamonds had almost always been an option, it’s really just within the last century that they became the top-tier gem we know and love today—you can thank De Beers now-classic “A Diamond Is Forever” ad campaign. Sapphires, however, have a long and glorious history, with various rings, brooches, bracelets, and crowns in the British Crown Jewels having been mounted with eye-popping blue gems. You could argue that the Sapphire’s recent rise in popularity is just the Sapphire reclaiming its rightful spot on the throne.
Sapphires offer a full rainbow of options
When we’re imagining a sapphire in our mind, more often than not we envision a vivid blue stone, but the sapphire family offers an amazingly deep variety of colours for you to choose from. While blue-hued Ceylon sapphires may be the most valuable, don’t forget about the aptly-named fancy sapphires, which can be pink, orange, yellow, purple and green. In fact, one of the most prized varieties of sapphire is the Padparadscha sapphire, which possesses a powerful, pastel blend of pink and orange.
They’re insanely durable
Try as you might to treat your engagement ring as the precious item it is, the truth is that life is unpredictable, and accidents can happen. Beauty is, sapphires are one of the most durable gemstones around, sitting at a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. That means it’s especially resistant to scratching and scuffing. Don’t put your jewellery through the ringer for proof, but everyday wear-and-tear really shouldn’t affect your ring that much.
They’re more affordable
While the Blue Belle of Asia smashed sales records for sapphires—going for $17 million at an auction in 2014— on the whole these gems are still more affordable than premium diamonds. On average, a carat of high-grade Sri Lankan sapphire will set you back on average approximately half of a diamond. Their surge in popularity might mean, however, that the market value will likewise soar. That’s just another reason why many couples are choosing sapphire while it’s both breathtaking and a bargain.