Pros and Cons of a Sapphire Engagement Ring

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

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A sapphire engagement ring can be a stunning representation of a couple’s love and commitment to one another, but is it the best choice for your relationship? Understanding the pros and cons of sapphire engagement rings is essential when choosing one of these dramatic and distinctive rings.

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About Sapphire Rings

Gemstone engagement rings are an intriguing choice for many couples and bring a burst of color to this most important piece of jewelry. Sapphires are used in engagement rings in many ways, both as an eye- catching center stone and as colorful accents. Sapphire rings may also include diamonds as accents to add more sparkle, or even other colored gems.

Blue is the most common color for sapphires, but these gems are actually found in many different colors. Sapphires may be purple, pink, orange, green, brown, gray, or black, and some sapphires are even “white” or colorless. This gives couples a great range of options if they prefer a sapphire engagement ring.

Furthermore, sapphires are suitable in many different engagement ring styles. From antique and vintage engagement rings to modern settings and designs, sapphires are just as beautiful in classic prong settings as they are in bezels, halos, clusters, three-stone, and other popular engagement ring designs.

Pros of Sapphire Engagement Rings:

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Sapphires offer many pros to couples who opt for this colorful stone as their engagement ring, including…

• Color

The burst of color from a fine sapphire is the most obvious benefit for choosing a sapphire engagement ring. With so many different colors and hues in fancy colored sapphires, these stones can complement any skin tone for a beautiful ring that will suit any bride-to-be’s hand. Furthermore, the different colors of sapphires allows a couple to choose a favorite color for this very symbolic and significant ring.

• Symbolism

Sapphires are more symbolic than just with color. The sapphire is the official birthstone of September, and represents wonderful qualities such as hope, faith, wisdom, and good fortune, all ideal traits for a couple’s relationship. Sapphires are also favored by royalty, and both Princess Diana and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge share a stunning sapphire engagement ring.

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• Hardness

Sapphires are a durable gemstone, and in fact sapphires are the hardest natural gem other than diamond. This makes sapphires very resistant to chips and cracks, so they can easily be worn every day without fear of excessive wear or damage, or without needing to remove the ring for most daily activities.

• Cost

Depending on the quality of the stone, sapphires are generally less expensive than diamonds, allowing couples to choose a high-quality, luxurious sapphire that is still more affordable than a diamond of similar quality. This makes sapphires a smart choice for any couple on a budget.

• Vintage Options

Because sapphires have been popular in different jewelry eras, particularly for Art Deco engagement rings and Edwardian engagement rings, it is easy to find vintage or antique engagement rings featuring sapphires. This allows couples to enjoy the distinction of an older ring with the glamour of a more unique gemstone choice.

• Ethical and Conflict Free

The only way to guarantee that a sapphire is ethical and conflict free is to either purchase a vintage sapphire ring or to reuse a vintage or antique gemstone that was mined prior to 1980.

 

Cons of Sapphire Engagement Rings:

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Sapphires aren’t necessarily the ideal stone choice for every couple, however, and it is important to consider the potential cons of sapphire engagement rings before choosing one. These include…

• Damage

While sapphire is among the hardest of gemstones, even a good quality sapphire can still be scratched or damaged. It is important to protect the stone and clean and store it properly to protect the sapphire from damage.

• Maintenance

Over time, wear and tear on a sapphire, even if it is carefully protected, may require that the stone be repolished or recut to return it to its original glory. If the stone is especially damaged, it may need to be completely reset, and these costs can add up over time.

• Less Brilliance

Sapphires have a rich, lustrous color, but they also have less sparkle and glitter than diamonds. If that glint of sparkle catching one’s eye is important to a couple’s vision of the perfect engagement ring, a sapphire may not be the best choice.

• Coordination

Depending on the style of the ring, particularly if it is a vintage or antique ring, it can be challenging to find a coordinating wedding ring to match a sapphire engagement ring. If having a matching wedding set is important for a couple’s style, they need to be prepared for that potential difficulty.

• Tradition

While a sapphire ring may seem trendy and innovative, a couple may later regret not having a traditional and more familiar diamond engagement ring. This can be especially true if family members and friends may mistake the sapphire engagement ring for a different style and not the engagement ring it is intended to be.

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Despite the potential cons of a sapphire engagement ring, these gems are still beautiful and can be outstanding pieces of jewelry, perfect to represent a couple’s promise to wed. Couples who are familiar with the pros and cons of sapphire engagement rings can easily decide if one of these rings is best to symbolize their relationship.

 

Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.

Find The Perfect Sapphire Ring:

Vintage sapphire rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of sapphire engagement rings today!

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.

 

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