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Tips to Choose the Perfect Sapphire for Rings & Necklaces?

  • September 24, 2015

Sapphire rings and necklaces are highly cherished for the colors, strength and elegance of the stone. The gemstone, second only to diamond in strength, is valued for its clarity, variety of colors, and cut. The quality of the stone can vary from one stone to another. But with so many options available, how can you choose the right one? Here are 4 factors to consider when choosing sapphire jewelry.

Sapphire Colors

There are different colors of sapphire, ranging from blue to orange to pink to black to tons of shades in between. In fact, the colors can be so varied that gemologists describe sapphire colors in different forms. They can vary on the basis of hue, tone, intensity and the distribution of colors.

There is no fixed rule that the same tone can spread through the entire stone. It can vary in different places. The way the color is saturated will also have an effect on how the sapphire is cut.

Cut & Size

Once you have determined the color and associated factors, you will want to determine the cut and size. 6-mm round is the most popular size and cut for this gemstone.

But you can always choose other options based on your requirements. It is most important to create the perfect balance between size and cut. The shape should ideally match your own personality.

In fact, when you are looking for jewels studded with sapphire, you will find that they are calibrated by size and not by carat. This is because these stones are even denser than diamonds.

So you will find that 1-carat sapphire is typically smaller than a diamond of the same caratage!

The density of sapphire can vary from one stone to another. You may even come across two stones of same caratage that different in terms of size. So, this further increases the versatility of this precious stone.

Source of Stone

You should also consider the source of the sapphire when making a choice. Source refers to the geographic location where the stone originated, and the techniques used in mining.

Always insist on the jeweler to provide information about the source. It should be verifiable with a certificate. Look for certification of fair-trade because you don’t want to get the stones from unethical sources. You should also know that some of these stones are also lab grown rather than being natural.

Stone Setting

Sapphires are most commonly used in making rings. Consider the shape and setting of the ring. It is common to choose a diamond rings and other stones too. Whatever the configuration of the ring, make sure that the stone is secure and well protected.

Blue sapphire and white diamond is one of the most popular color combos for these rings. Many love to use such combinations for engagement or wedding rings because they always stand out.

White gold, yellow gold, rose gold and silver are considered the perfect settings for sapphire. When it comes to setting a blue stone, white is often considered the best metal option.

Larger sapphires are very rare to find. This makes them costlier than their smaller counterparts, even on a per carat basis. So with so many factors to consider, it is recommended to choose the right sapphire for your jewelry piece – something that matches your personality, style, and trend.