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Why choose a Sapphire for an Engagement Ring?

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While the diamond became popular in the 1930s, the sapphire has had a long career as the star stone of engagement rings.

Since ancient times, sapphire has been the gemstone preferred by royalty, even in more recent years we can find it in jewelry such as that worn by Princess Diana and today Kate Middleton.

And it is not surprising that many prefer it over the most popular diamond, since sapphire has characteristics that make it unique and its meaning is ideal for couples who want to solidify their union.

 
Colors

The 4C's with which the quality of a diamond is measured can be useful to judge other stones, although they have small differences, the most relevant of which is Color.

While in a diamond it is most desirable that it be totally colorless, in a sapphire it is sought that its color is vibrant, deep and well distributed throughout the stone. However, is all up to taste, maybe you prefer a sapphire more towards the celestial color than deep blue, or you like the sapphire to have different tones distributed throughout the stone.

Most likely, if you think of sapphire, a dark blue color comes to mind. However, sapphire does not only come in that shade ... but in every variety of blues and all the colors of the rainbow: orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and everything in between. Ruby, in fact, is the name given to the red sapphire, althoug they are actually the same gem. There are even sapphires without color!

 

This Personalized Ikcha Ring features pink, lilac, reddish orange, yellowish orange, and yellow sapphires. 

 

Accesible for all Budgets

This gem can range from extremely accessible to priceless, but in between is an extensive range where beautiful stones can be found at very hefty prices. It is very likely that you will find a sapphire of excellent size and quality at only a fraction of the price of a diamond of the same size.

What influences the price is very varied: the depth of the color, the rarity of the color, the clarity (the fewer inclusions, the more expensive), whether or not it is treated to enhance its color, size, cut, etc. However, there are times when an inexpensive sapphire can be charming, as in the case of some sapphires with heterogeneous color, which for the industry may be undesirable due to their lack of color in some areas, but are certainly charming.

This bicolor sapphire, for example, having an inclusion visible to the eye, has a price of less than $ 5,000 mxn (much less than what people say should be spent on a stone)

 

Toughness
Sapphire is among the strongest natural stones ... in fact, it is only surpassed by diamond. On the Mohs scale (which talks about the hardness against scratches and wear), diamond has a 10 and sapphire a 9. This means that, of natural stones, only diamond can scratch sapphire. Sapphire is also among the gems that tolerates better impacts (even more than diamonds; although we still recommend protecting them from blows). Due to these two qualities, sapphire is a good option if you would like to use your jewel daily.
 
Meaning
In an engagement ring, the sapphire symbolizes the loyalty and sincerity of soul mates. It is also considered the stone of those born in September and is also, in different cultures, wisdom, virtue and good fortune. It is said that the ancient Persians believed that the Earth sat on a giant sapphire - and that the sky was blue because it reflected this huge gem. Other cultures believed that sapphire could calm the spirit and heal the body.
 
Sapphire, due to its long history, is one of the stones with the most legends to tell.

Bespoke Ikcha engagement ring

 
In the end, we are free to choose the stone that best represents us in a jewel as emotional as an engagement ring. Sapphire is only one of the hundreds of stones that can be part of your history!
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