Sapphire As An Alternative To Diamond In Engagement Rings

Sapphires are quickly becoming the hottest trend in engagement jewelry, partly because Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Hurley and Penelope Cruz have all recently sported sapphire engagement rings.

But there are other reasons to choose a sapphire to pledge your devotion. These tough, durable, beautiful stones make a perfect choice for a unique bride or a more traditional one. After all, sapphires have a history as engagement jewelry older than diamonds.. and they’re often more affordable than a diamond  — more bling for the buck! 

Why Sapphire Is A Great Alternative To Diamond

Though diamonds have been the standard choice for engagement rings, by choosing a sapphire, you immediately set yourself apart. If you swim against the current, or are artistic & unique, a high-quality sapphire engagement ring could be the answer.

And sapphires don’t need to be blue!

Lots Of Different Types Of Sapphires

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) defines sapphire as any corundum that is not red. Red corundums are called rubies — and they make lovely engagement rings, too.

You can find a sapphire in any color other than red. Beyond the traditional blue, popular colors on the market today are:

  • Vivid flame orange 
  • Sunny yellow 
  • Teal 
  • Mint 
  • Purple 
  • Pink

Sapphires Are Tough Gemstones

Of all gems other than diamond, sapphires are most durable. This makes sapphire engagement rings great for everyday wear, an essential point in choosing your engagement ring.

You will wear your engagement ring every day for decades, and eventually hand down a high-quality ring to your heirs. The central stone of any engagement ring must withstand a lot of wear! 

Diamonds are indeed harder than sapphires. They’re a 10 on Moh’s hardness scale and the hardest substance on earth. But a sapphire ranks 9, just behind a diamond, and will surely be tough enough to hold up to decades of daily wear.

Where To Find A Sapphire Engagement Ring

The experienced jewelers at Argo & Lehne are here to help you choose the perfect engagement ring. Whether it’s a diamond ring, a sapphire or a ruby engagement ring, custom, contemporary or vintage, we’re here to share a century of experience. Check out our blog for more jewelry resources, & contact us to learn more.