Using Sapphires in an Engagement Ring
Although the sapphire is most commonly represented as the birthstone for September, its use in engagement rings is rapidly growing. In addition to representing prosperity, sapphires also symbolize sincerity and faithfulness, making them an excellent choice for engagement rings. Couples often select sapphires for engagement rings as the stone’s meaning or color is of special significance to the wearer. Additionally, sapphires can be preferred as they do not require any unusual or special care that other gemstones and minerals may require.
When choosing a sapphire for use in an engagement ring, it is important to note that the stones with the strongest, most vibrant hues are considered to be more valuable and will have the highest cost per carat. Although the saturation of the stone should be as intense as possible without darkening its color, the wearer may prefer a darker or lighter color than is traditional. Even though hue is arguably the most important factor to consider when purchasing a sapphire for an engagement ring, Tone, Color-Purity, Clarity, Cut, and Transparency are also crucial components.
Typically, sapphires contain inclusions, or slight imperfections due to silk (fine needles or fine mineral inclusions are known as silk) becoming imbedded during the stone’s formation; however, their overall clarity usually remains high. A skilled jeweler/gemologist will be able to determine the best cut for the stone considering any inclusions that may be present. However, the most appealing cuts have strong symmetry and reflect light evenly, which highlights its vivid color. Stones with deeper cuts will show off more color and preserve the stone’s weights, which increases the cost of the stone. Conversely, stones with shallower cuts will appear significantly lighter in color and may look unbalanced.
Sapphires are among the most durable gemstones and are exceptionally tough. These gems can be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner or in a steam cleaner. As with other gemstones, the sapphire should be inspected to determine if there are any fissures that could worsen due to these cleaning procedures. To be safe, a soft, dampened cloth and a soft-bristle toothbrush can be used to clean the sapphire.