If you're looking for an engagement ring, you are probably considering going to the jewelry store to shop for diamonds. However, there are other stones you can look at as well. A sapphire engagement ring is a great alternative to a diamond, and it can be crafted along with diamonds to provide a stunning look. Just like any other precious gem, sapphires have their own unique markings and appearance. This guide explains what you need to know about sapphires, so you will know what you are looking for when you make the purchase.
Due to its deep color, it is difficult to see imperfections in sapphire stones. Because of this, you could choose nearly any symmetrical cut to have a sparkling ring. For a vintage vibe, consider an oval cut. For a more modern spin, consider a round cut surrounded by other sapphires or diamonds.
Sapphires come in a variety of colors, making them a great alternative to a more pricey colored diamond. The key is to choose a stone the same color throughout since variations could cause the stone to look discolored, or not as bright as it could be. The key to choosing your sapphire's color is the richness of its tone and hue.
Sapphires are not measured with clarity like diamonds are, since there is no grading system for colored stones. However, some inclusions in the stone can affect the look by making the stone look a little cloudy. Examine the color of the stone to look for the same hue throughout, because the same hue can provide better clarity. Remember, sapphires come in a variety of colors and hues, so consider a hue that will compliment your skin tone, or the skin tone of the person you're making the purchase for.
For basic cleaning at home, use warm soapy water and a soft-bristled brush to clean the stone. Rinse the stone under a running faucet and then polish it with a clean cloth. Take your sapphire ring to a professional jeweler to get an in-depth cleaning and ring inspection annually. The professional cleaning reaches places you are unable to, and the inspection will ensure the prongs are not loose, so you never lose it.
Ask the jeweler to show you several sapphire stones before making your final choice. Once you have picked the perfect sapphire stone, ask the jeweler to place it in the setting of your choice. Gold or silver settings work well, and can complement any outfit or skin tone.