Blue & Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings
Once the preferred gemstone for engagement rings, Sapphires are now coming back in a back way thanks to the royals – Kate Middleton and Princess Eugenie. Long associated with loyalty and trust, Sapphires are also known as the 45th wedding anniversary gemstone.
Where Do Sapphires Come From?
Like Rubies, Sapphire gemstones belong to the corundum mineral species. The blue colour of the stone is a result of iron and titanium traces; the more iron in the mineral, the darker the blue. The most valuable Sapphires originate from Myanmar, but they can also be sourced in Madagascar, Australia and Sri Lanka.
In addition to the traditional blue stone, Corundum also includes “fancy sapphires” in violet, green, yellow, orange, purple and most popularly – in pink. Caused by traces of Chromium, Pink Sapphire can come in many shades including shocking pink, blush, the rare orange-pink Padparadscha and much more. Pink sapphires used to be considered exceptionally rare, however the discovery of new deposits in Madagascar in the late 1990s greatly increased the availability of these charming gemstones.
Caring For Your Sapphire Engagement Ring
• The durability of sapphire makes it a great choice for active brides, but it can still chip and fracture if handled roughly.
• Avoid exposure to heat, as this could affect the colour of the stone.
• To clean, rinse with warm, sudsy water and dry with a soft cloth.
• When not in use, wrap your sapphire ring in a cloth to prevent it from scratching other jewellery.