Should I Buy A Diamond Engagement Ring?

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Short Answer: NO

“A Diamond Is Forever” The world has been duped into believing that they Need and Must Have a diamond. Well, not so much duped, as brainwashed by probably the most genius ad campaign ever conceived by any company that ever existed. De Beers. Now, there are many stories, some true and some exaggerated regarding De Beers and the diamond industry, but one thing that is absolutely true is that prior to 1947 diamonds were only the possessions of the most wealthy collectors, and after 1947 even those struggling from paycheck to paycheck would pony-up 2-months salary for a diamond engagement ring, because “someone” was telling him that was what he Had to do.  That 2-months salary notion was another ad campaign created by De Beers in the 1980’s, “Isn’t two months’ salary a small price to pay for something that lasts forever?”

While many will not be diverted from their desire for a diamond, the truth is that without paying two months’ salary for something that is truly not a good and sound investment (many believe they are); you can spend 2 WEEKS salary and propose with for instance a sapphire engagement ring.  Why do diamonds cost so much!? They’re not rare. Not even in the slightest way are they rare. Pink diamonds, blue diamonds, red diamonds….those are rare, and if you can afford one, you’re probably not reading this blog.  Don’t be sucked in to the idea that you absolutely must buy a diamond engagement ring. There is a world of colored gemstones and even colorless gemstones that are more rare and just as beautiful as any diamond.

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1.69ct Rose Sapphire in Rose Gold

Before the days of De Beers advertisements, if there was an engagement ring, more than diamonds, it was set with the other precious stones of the time such as Amethyst, Garnet, Aquamarine, Ruby and Sapphire. Some engagement rings were even made with pearls as the center stone. It wasn’t always about the hardness or durability of an engagement ring, but solely the Love that the ring itself symbolized. While 75% of women may still ask for a diamond engagement ring, the other 25% know that a ruby engagement ring or sapphire engagement ring is not only just as beautiful, but also more rare and more unique. Put yourself in a room of engaged and married women, and you may be the only one with a natural ruby engagement ring. Now, if you want to be like everyone else, by all means, go ahead. I proposed to my wife with a natural untreated green sapphire set in a custom one-of-a-kind ring that no woman will ever see again, anywhere. Go ahead, buy that diamond.

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Rare One Carat Untreated Ruby Engagement Ring

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Wedding Day Jewelry For The Bride

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The wedding season is fully underway and this writer’s wedding is quickly approaching.  With all of the major decisions taken care of, we are now allowed the time to think of the finer details of our big day. While as a groom, I may choose to wear cuff links, the bride has far more to decide upon regarding her bridal jewelry. Though there truly is no right or wrong answer when it comes to the Bride’s taste (yes, yes, I know…the Bride is always right) still there are factors a bride must consider in what jewelry she can wear with her dress, and what jewelry will go well with the colors of her wedding.  I will not pretend to understand those decisions more than the all-knowing Brides-To-Be, but what I do hope to do is interest our future Brides in some gorgeous choices for their big day. Whether you are looking for “something blue,” or something to match the flowers and bridesmaid’s dresses, The Natural Sapphire Company most certainly has the options and the answers!

Before, I reveal the prettiest of jewels, let’s get the men’s jewelry out of the way. Gentlemen, I am speaking to you when I exclaim the Fact! that a man never looks as good, or as classy, or as dapper as when he is wearing french cuffs and a pair of fine cuff links. We have a selection of cuff links featuring blue, white, and pink sapphires. Another fact for you… Real Men Wear Pink.

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Okay, now for the good stuff!  Let’s say you’re thinking of wearing your hair up, and won’t be hiding your ears under a veil, then consider a pair of sapphire or ruby earrings. It will come down to your own personal style, though I think most brides will opt for a simple sapphire earring over anything overly extravagant. That said…lest I forget, the Bride is always right….whatever she wants. We have several varied pairs of blue sapphire stud earrings in our inventory, all featuring intense untreated blue sapphires surrounded by halos of sparkling diamonds. The classic blue sapphire and diamond stud earring would be perfect for the ears of any bride-to-be.

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Let’s face it, the Bride will have her hands full when it comes to jewelry…for the hand. So a necklace or a bracelet are our other options. For a necklace it will obviously depend upon the cut of your dress. I imagine the bride, having spent so much time finding that dress, she will not want her jewelry to take anything away from its beauty. However, if the dress is a simple one…well then the sky could be the limit for sapphire extravagance.  Take a look at this simple option for a sapphire pendant. With a gemstone like this one to bring out the color of your eyes, and not detract from the beauty of a dress.

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As for the bracelet, the classic tennis bracelet set with sapphires and diamonds could almost be enough color and bling on a wedding day, and we have so many options for you to choose from.

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Rainbow Sapphire Jewelry

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I am often surprised when I hear someone say, “Wait, Sapphires come in other colors besides blue?” It’s actually not that surprising considering how little the market advertises the existence of such rarities as orange sapphires, purple sapphires, and green sapphires. It is an incredible sight to see when the cloak of unawareness is lifted from a persons’ eyes and they realize the incredible color options of sapphire.

15.23ctw Untreated Rainbow Sapphire Bracelet

15.23ctw Untreated Rainbow Sapphire Bracelet

If you’ve heard of fancy colored sapphires, you may have heard of yellow sapphires and pink sapphires, but have you heard of the orangey-pink Padparadscha sapphire? The one that looks like a piece of the sunset, cut from the sky. Have you seen the greenish blues, and the bluish greens, which like hearing the ocean in a shell, you can see the ocean if you stare long enough at the crashing waves of blue and green within the sapphire. There is no end to the possibilities when it comes to color in sapphire. From vivid pinks to icy blues, Sage greens to rosy browns…the Saffron Sapphire. Do you have a favorite color? Let us know because there’s most likely a sapphire just like it.

36.03ctw Rainbow Sapphire and 18k white gold

36.03ctw Rainbow Sapphire and 18k white gold

Can’t choose a favorite color? Well then, just get them all. As people begin to realize all of the color possibilities, rainbow sapphire jewelry has simultaneously grown in popularity. Choose from the vivid and heated sapphire tennis bracelets with perfectly matched rainbows of sapphires. If you’re looking for something a little more extraordinary; elect for the rare and eclectic untreated Ceylon sapphires or the pastel hues of unheated Montana sapphires.

22.64ctw multi-colored sapphire bracelet with 18k yellow and white gold

22.64ctw multi-colored sapphire bracelet with 18k yellow and white gold

Consider a rainbow sapphire wedding band for your upcoming nuptials. Wearing every color on your hand will assure that your rainbow sapphire wedding ring goes with every outfit you own. Let us know what kind of rainbow sapphire jewel we can create for you, or choose from our ready to wear selection.

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7 Ruby Engagement Rings for July Birthdays

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In the world of engagement rings there are endless options. Even those wanting diamonds will rarely be given just one option. When it comes to colored stone engagement rings, it begins with the question, which one? Answer that question, and then will begin the adventure to find the perfect stone and engagement ring.

If you’ll be proposing to someone born in July, or are simply planning a July proposal, than there is no finer choice than a natural ruby. Exceptionally hard, brilliant, and beautiful; ruby is a rare gem, and like our rarest unheated sapphires, the unheated ruby is a prize fit for a princesses’ engagement ring.

If you’re unsure of what ruby ring to buy, or if you have a stone and are looking for a setting, we have a vast selection of ruby engagement rings for you to choose from or be inspired by.

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Though gemological testing revealed this ruby to be heated, its Burmese origin gives it the prestige being from the world’s most famous source of rubies. The oval 2.25ct ruby is set between two oval diamonds weighing a total of 0.98cts. The benefit of oval shaped stones is that the oval shape will appear larger on the hand than a round stone of equal weight.

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The classic style of art deco engagement rings lives on in many of our ruby ring designs.  If you’re still set on having a diamond as the center stone, consider this 0.86ct emerald cut diamond set in platinum with 1.09ctw of emerald cut ruby side stones. The intricate design, the pave diamonds, and the milgrain detail surrounding the stones offer infinite enjoyment.

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In my opinion, a vivid and fiery red ruby never looks better than when it’s set in the warming glow of 18k yellow gold. By candlelight at dinner, or under the beaming sun of summer; this rare untreated 4.66ct ruby from Mozambique will shine as brightly as the smile of the one who wears the ring. This ruby engagement ring is truly exquisite.

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Wrap her finger in a garland of finely milgrain detailed 14k yellow gold, set with diamonds on each petal, and crowned by a bezel set 0.49ct cushion cut ruby. This ruby ring is unique by todays standards, but harkens back to the days when a blade of grass sufficed for a wedding ring.

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Growing in popularity for engagement ring styles, is the extension of the design’s length along the finger. This antique styled ruby engagement ring is sure to have inquisitive compliments streaming at a constant. Crafted of 18k yellow gold and pave-set with 0.60ctw of diamonds; the center stone is a rich regal red ruby of 1.30cts.

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For a more modern approach, with still a classic sensibility; this 1.55ct oval ruby is set in a graceful, woven design of diamond-set platinum. The face-up appearance reveals a double-halo of diamonds – a style that has recently seen great popularity.

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Like something you might see on Game of Thrones, this exquisite cabochon ruby engagement ring is something entirely different from all the others. Set in a delicate and detailed ring of 18k yellow gold and platinum, the 8.38ct ruby is from Burma and is untreated.

This selection of 7 ruby engagement rings is just a hint of what we have to offer. Peruse our website day and night to find exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re still unsure, give us a call and we will set to work custom designing the perfect ruby engagement ring for you.

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Jenny McCarthy’s Yellow Sapphire Engagement Ring

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Jenny McCarthy revealing her 10 carat yellow sapphire engagement ring

Jenny McCarthy revealing her 10 carat yellow sapphire engagement ring

Jenny McCarthy’s name has now been added to the ever-growing list of celebrities choosing a sapphire engagement ring over the more common diamond. Donnie Wahlberg, of New Kids on the Block fame, proposed to Ms. McCarthy back in April, and pictures of her 10 carat yellow sapphire ring are causing a frenzy on the internet as well as in yellow sapphire sales. Women wanting that vivid yellow hue, and larger sized stones without bankrupting their Grooms-to-be, are now realizing that a yellow sapphire with its extraordinary brilliance can be as beautiful and as rare as a big fancy yellow diamond.

A Beautiful 10 carat Yellow Sapphire Engagement Ring - Donnie Wahlbergs' got great taste!

A Beautiful 10 carat Yellow Sapphire Engagement Ring – Donnie Wahlbergs’ got great taste!

McCarthy’s stunning 10.00ct yellow sapphire is set in an 18k white gold band surrounded and embellished with diamonds. The only question we’d have at The Natural Sapphire Company is whether or not Jenny McCarthy’s new yellow sapphire is treated or not…?

Certainly Donnie Wahlberg has great taste in sapphire engagement rings; however, here at The Natural Sapphire Company we tend to offer far more rarity with our beauties. Untreated sapphires make up only about 1% of the sapphire market. This doesn’t mean untreated yellow sapphires aren’t within your reach, or necessarily out of your budget, but chances are your “everyday” jeweler doesn’t have many, if any untreated sapphires in their inventory. If you still want one from them, guess what, they’re probably going to come to us for the stone. And why shouldn’t they…we have the finest natural untreated yellow sapphires you can find.

10.31ct GIA certified untreated yellow sapphire engagement ring

10.31ct GIA certified untreated yellow sapphire engagement ring

The above, isn’t Jenny McCarthy’s engagement ring, just something comparable, as well as comparatively better. If your goal is to really show up Jenny McCarthy and/or Donnie Wahlberg, then your solution is to quadruple the size of Jenny’s ring with our 43.51 carat untreated vivid yellow cushion cut sapphire ring.  This thing will eat Jenny’s ring for breakfast!!!

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The Natural Sapphire Company Customer Reviews

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Here at The Natural Sapphire Company we love our customers.  Sounds like something any company would say, but we mean it.  Our appreciation is not just for our customer’s business, but for the mutual passion that we all share for sapphires and rubies. For each of our customer’s special moments, we are there to help them celebrate with the most beautiful and precious of natural sapphires and rubies set in stunning jewelry suited for every occasion. Our sales team of graduate gemologists works directly with our customers to make their sapphire jewelry dreams come true, while behind the scenes designers, gem buyers, jewelers, stone setters, and polishers are all working to make the finest sapphire engagement rings and sapphire jewelry for our customers.

Every day we send out sapphire engagement rings to our eagerly waiting customers. We hope our jewelry serves its purpose well, and we always love to hear from our appreciative customers. For every piece of jewelry past, present, and future there is a story, and here at The Natural Sapphire Company we truly enjoy reading every one.

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Now through the company www.TrustPilot.com, our customers are able to share their stories with us as well as share them with the public. If this is your first experience with us, and you are considering the purchase of sapphire jewelry, you can learn more about our company and our team through the 167 customer reviews and counting.

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Record Breaking Rubies and Sapphires

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40.89ct Untreated Sapphire Ring

Just as the first flowers of spring have begun to bloom, so have the incredible spring auctions of magnificent jewelry. When you see that beautiful blossom bloom, you wish it would last forever; that winter will never come again. When you see the walnut sized rubies and sapphires selling at auction, and realize that their ravishing reds and tranquil blue will last forever; that with each change of season another is sold again, its value often greater than before; its story, as well, completely different. It seems every spring we hear of the record breaking auctions, just as April showers, bring May flowers – our eyes are on the color and the carats.

At Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Auction held in Hong Kong on April 7th, there was a record breaking sale of a 29.62ct oval Burmese Ruby in a Cartier mounting. Selling for $7.3 million, the record was broken for a single ruby sold at auction.  However, $7.3 million doesn’t seem like too much compared to the other record breaking sales of the auction.  The “Red Emperor,” a ruby and diamond fringe necklace consisting of 104.51ctw of heart and pear shaped “Pigeon’s Blood” Burmese rubies sold for $9.9 million – a world record for a ruby necklace at auction. And finally, while not a ruby or sapphire focus, though including a ruby set clasp; the record breaking sale of the Jadeite necklace should be mentioned. Made of 27 graduated Jadeite beads, and a ruby and diamond clasp; the necklace sold for more than double its estimate with the hammer coming down at $27.4 million!!!

While some of the most incredible jewelry in the world was being sold at this auction – jadeite, emeralds, and rubies; some of the finest and most rare sapphires in the world were also selling for huge numbers. At 102.61cts, the biggest sapphire necklace at the auction was listed with an estimate of $2.8 – 3.8 million and ended up selling for $4,203,118.  Any takers out there for The Natural Sapphire Company’s 69.35ct  “Titan’s Eye” – going once, going twice….

 While it didn’t steal the show, or break any records, my personal favorite from the Sotheby’s auction was the 20.04ct Kashmir Sapphire ring – the vision and epitome of rarity and beauty that sold for $2.6 million. Hopefully, I’ll have at least that much cash ready the next time it comes up for auction.

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Royal Tour 2014

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George in tow are on their Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand. The press and social media erupted with pictures of the royal family, as they did when Princess Diana traveled with William and Harry. With Catherine’s incredible sense of fashion that she displays with the world as her runway; it is hard not to see the similarities between Catherine and Princess Di. Of course, what really peaks your attention are the blue sapphires, not only of the famous sapphire engagement ring, but in her ears as well. The vivid blue sapphires shine from every picture you see, that glorious royal blue hue complementing every outfit she wears; they are the most stunningly important pieces of her ensemble. Just as Princess Di became a part of the blue sapphire story, it seems the Duchess of Cambridge will be known for her sapphires as well.

Her dainty sapphire drop earrings had once been Princess Diana’s sapphire stud earrings. What a great way for the Duchess to make the earrings her own!

Here at The Natural Sapphire Company we applaud the Duchesses’ style and appreciation of blue sapphires. Take a look at some of our earrings, which I am sure Catherine would approve of even if they aren’t from the Queen’s vault.

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Or if what you want is exactly like what the Duchess is wearing, speak to our sales team about doing a custom design. We have the stones and the skills to get started; all you have to do is say the word.

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Why Should I Buy A Sapphire?

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Whether you are in the market for a colored stone engagement ring, have your heart set on a sapphire engagement ring, or are simply looking for your next piece of fine gemstone jewelry; there are many reasons why you should choose to buy a sapphire over any of the other popular gemstones.  While sapphires can reach high prices like diamonds, buying a sapphire can still be far more affordable than buying a comparably sized diamond. That’s the first thing you need to know… A beautiful sapphire is far more affordable than a beautiful diamond. More affordable, and more rare! Especially when you choose a natural untreated sapphire, which you can own with pride as less than 1% of sapphires are left untreated. Though some may still preach that diamonds are a girl’s best friend forever; to have a rare and beautiful untreated blue sapphire holds the most true and factual prestige. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, sapphires are the intelligent woman’s confidant.  The woman who wears a sapphire knows what she has – a treasure high above the common hunk of carbon on every girl’s finger.

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For a colored stone engagement ring, gemstone earrings, tennis bracelets, gemstone pendants, cocktail rings, and anything else you’d like to see your favorite color shine from; the multitude of sapphire colors and the one-and-only red of rubies are the wisest choice for gemstone jewelry, the beauty of which you want to last a lifetime. While you will be tempted by the colors of other popular gemstones like aquamarine, garnet, amethyst, emerald, tourmaline, etc. etc. None of those gemstones will match the combination of hardness, durability, brilliance, along with the extensive range of hues, tones, and levels of saturation that is found when it comes to sapphires and rubies. Though you may find the prices of other colored gemstones to be more appealing, you may find that same gemstone UN-appealing 5 years down the road when the facet junctions are heavily abraded, maybe some chips and scratches along the girdle of the stone, leaving you to either need the gem recut, or need a new stone altogether. This isn’t a joke; we see it all the time! Though sapphires aren’t indestructible, their beauty is guaranteed to last longer than all other gemstones, including diamond! That’s right, I said it, the beauty of a sapphire is guaranteed to last longer than a diamond. The reason: Diamonds naturally attract grease and wax, while repelling water, so diamond jewelry needs constant cleaning to maintain its beauty. Sure, sapphires will get dirty over time, but not as quickly as diamonds. Sapphires Win!!!

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What Does Sapphire Symbolize?

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As an engagement ring, the blue sapphires specifically, have long been known to symbolize Faith, Loyalty and Fidelity making a blue sapphire perfect for not only a marriage proposal but for any relationship or agreement. Beyond the good virtues of marriage, sapphire has also been known as the stone of good fortune, protection, wisdom, royalty, and hope. While these descriptions are a nice thought to attach to your sapphire engagement ring, they are primarily one of the oldest sales tactics for crystals and gemstones still in use today practically unchanged.

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Can you imagine 2000 years ago, how difficult it must have been to sell someone a rock? A pretty rock for sure, an uncut sapphire or ruby held up to a candle, but the bewildered customer would then ask the obvious question, “What is it?” followed by “Did you make it?” “Where did it come from” and finally “What is this pretty rock going to do for me?” These were difficult questions to answer, far more so than today given the gemological knowledge that we have. Two thousand years ago the ability to cut these gemstones was limited to rough crystals and cabochons, so even the selling of sapphires as personal adornment wasn’t easy. How do you sell something no one has ever seen and other than being beautiful, they may not really need? Answer: Put this ruby beneath your flesh and it will protect you in battle from swords and spears. Sold!!!

While it is easy to joke about our earliest entrepreneurs, it’s hard not to see and explore the possibility of truth to any of the powers of gemstones. While early salesmen described their sapphires as having virtuous powers, the ideas about the sapphire’s abilities were far older than the sales pitch. Perhaps somewhere in the list of meanings and cures for sapphire there is one that is true.  Along with many other gemstones, sapphires and rubies have been revered and drooled over by centuries of different people and different civilizations. There is something about rubies and sapphires that humanity is drawn to. There was an energy that created the gem, but the truth to that gem’s power, if any, is really a great mystery. The only definite is that gemstones like sapphires and rubies whether set in an engagement ring or even loose in the hand continue to inspire emotion and adoration as they have for thousands of years. When it comes down to it, if you can’t wrap your mind around the symbolism of sapphire, all you need to know is that you have a rare and beautiful gemstone. Should you believe that sapphire will bring you good fortune and faithfulness from your wife, perhaps it will.

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“Warm, glowing rubies, or celestial-hued sapphires will to-day make a woman’s heart beat faster and bring a blush of pleasure to her cheek. Life will seem better worth living to here; and, indeed, this is no delusion, for life is what our thought makes it, and joy is born of gratified desire. Hence nothing that contributes to increasing the sum of innocent pleasures should be disdained; and surely no pleasure can be more innocent and justifiable that that inspired by the possession of beautiful natural objects.” – from The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, by G.F. Kunz, famed gemologist and Tiffany & Co’s V.P. of Gemology 1879-1932

 

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