by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
A sapphire engagement ring can be a stunning piece with a luxurious burst of color, but it takes proper care to keep a sapphire ring looking its best. This is especially important for an engagement ring that will be worn nearly constantly, but fortunately it is easy to keep your sapphire engagement ring looking brilliant.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
What is Sapphire?
The Sapphire is a precious gemstone which is a variety of the mineral corundum. Sapphires come in a variety of colors, but it is best known for its vibrant shades of blue.
Sapphire ColorSapphires are most commonly envisioned as a rich, royal blue, but these gems can actually come in a variety of shades, including yellow, pink, green, brown, black, and colorless (white). Because of this color range, sapphires have amazing appeal and can add a personal flair to any engagement ring, whether as an eye-catching center stone or a bit of accent color.
In fact, sapphires have become so popular as engagement rings that they have made statements in all types of royal circles, from actual royalty to the glitz and glam of Hollywood royalty. Princess Diana and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have worn the same iconic blue sapphire engagement ring, and rich blue sapphires have also been featured in the vintage engagement rings of Elizabeth Taylor and Victoria Beckham. Other sapphire colors have also been popular in celebrity circles, including the pink sapphire rings of Princess Eugenie and Emma Slater, as well as the brilliant yellow sapphire engagement ring worn by Jenny McCarthy.
No matter what color a sapphire may be, however, these gems all require the same care to stay just as beautiful as the day of the proposal.
• Durability and Storage
A form of the mineral corundum, sapphires are one of the hardest natural gemstones other than diamond, registering 9/10 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means sapphires are very durable gems, well able to withstand casual nicks, scratches, or cracks, but they can accidentally scratch other gems.
Because of this, sapphire engagement rings should always be stored in their own separate small pouches or jewelry compartments so there is no risk of damage either to the engagement ring or any other jewelry when the engagement ring isn’t being worn.
Sapphire engagement rings are easy to clean with a warm, soapy water. Use gentle degreasing soap, such as mild dish soap, to remove residue on the ring, and gently scrub the ring with a soft bristle brush such as an old toothbrush. This will loosen and remove dirt, dust, oil, and other debris that has become lodged in the ring’s setting, ensuring thorough cleanliness and a dazzling ring. If the ring is exceptionally dirty, soaking the ring in the soapy water for 10-20 minutes will ensure a deeper clean. After washing, dry the ring gently with a lint-free cloth, polishing the surface of the stone for the brightest shine.
• Harsh Chemicals
To keep a sapphire engagement ring looking gorgeous, it is best to remove the ring when your hands may come into contact with harsh chemicals or greases, or when there is a risk of damaging the ring with harsh knocks. For example, always remove an engagement ring when gardening, swimming in chlorinated water, using hair dye, applying lotion, doing housework with cleaning chemicals, or when participating in sports or exercise.
It is also important to inspect a sapphire engagement ring regularly for any signs of damage, especially for loosened settings or bent prongs that may not be holding stones as securely. While your own inspections can often spot such damage, it is wise to take your engagement ring back to the jeweler every year for a more detailed inspection and repairs if necessary.
Caring for Your Sapphire Engagement RingWith proper care, your sapphire engagement ring can be a beautiful testament to your love and commitment for many happy anniversaries to come.
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