Right Hand Rings

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Right Hand Blue Sapphire Ring

You don’t have to be getting married to adorn yourself with a sapphire ring, and right hand sapphire rings can be as unique, simple, or extravagant as you like. While the famous/infamous cocktail ring can be considered a Right Hand Ring, not all right hand rings need catch everyone’s eye with their size; perhaps a sapphire pinky ring would be more your style.  Here at The Natural Sapphire Company we believe everyone deserves a sapphire, and whether you are shopping for a gift or something for yourself, we have an incredible array of options for you to choose from, as well as endless custom design possibilities. Dainty right hand sapphire rings also make great gifts for the birthdays and accomplishments of children, and young women alike.

Our selection of right hand sapphire rings includes a range of design styles and a range of price points. You’ll find sapphire rings for everyday wear and large sapphire and ruby rings to really make a statement. Keep an eye on our inventory of vintage and estate jewelry for timeless right hand ring classics; some of the most beautiful sapphire and ruby jewelry is professionally photographed, videoed,  and is just a few clicks away….or just one.                                         

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If you’ve reserved the spot on your right hand for a slightly bigger investment, perhaps you will consider one of our sapphire cocktail rings. While meant to be worn on the dominate hand, that being the one holding your cocktail; obviously the sapphire cocktail ring is not solely a right hand ring. Star sapphires and star rubies have been used to great benefit in cocktail rings since the 1920’s, as well as gypsy-set in pinky rings for hundreds of years.  Sapphire Cocktail rings can go one of two ways. First, you could choose the large honkin’ sapphire or star sapphire, or even a uniquely colored cabochon. Instead, you could use smaller stones in a larger design. Our custom design team is ready to create an incredible sapphire cocktail ring that will either take you back in time, or simply accentuate the cocktails of the 21st century.

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White Sapphire Engagement Rings

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Begin By Choosing Your White Sapphire

Before the days of such horrid things as synthetic diamonds, and synthetic cubic zirconia (CZ), the most popular imitation for diamonds was the natural white sapphire. Still maintaining its status as a natural and precious gemstone, and delivering exceptional hardness and brilliance; white sapphires are still the most obvious and beautiful alternative to diamonds. Whether it is your budget that concerns you or the worry of your possible diamond not being conflict-free; a white sapphire engagement ring can be as beautiful as you’d imagine any diamond engagement ring could be. Don’t let the name fool you, as white sapphires are colorless just like a D-F color diamond. Some white sapphires may have a velvety appearance caused by the natural rutile silk inclusions within the gemstone.

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Here at The Natural Sapphire Company, we have a vast selection of natural white sapphires to choose from; both stones that have been heated to improve their clarity, and stones that were left untreated making them more rare. The rarity of an untreated sapphire will make your engagement ring shine with a secret light called Prestige. Even the diamond you were considering does not come close to the rarity of an untreated white sapphire.  Now to be fair, the white sapphire will not be as brilliant and fiery as the diamond and that is something to take into consideration; however the desire for fire or correctly, dispersion, can be accomplished with many of our unique and custom engagement ring settings by adding a diamond halo, pave-diamonds, or even diamond side stones in a three stone sapphire engagement ring.  In total you will have the exceptional rarity of the untreated white sapphire, with the lights-camera-action of the diamonds to alert the eye’s attention to the truly more precious gem. Should you feel diamonds are an unnecessary accompaniment, you can find numerous options from our engagement ring settings besides the most common solitaire.

Because of the demand for diamonds and the far less expensive, though synthetic options; natural white sapphires have been somewhat overshadowed. That said, white sapphires maintain a strong following of knowledgeable admirers and collectors. White sapphires are pure corundum without any of the trace elements like iron, titanium, or chromium. It only takes a few hundredths of a percent of the trace elements iron and titanium to cause the blue color in corundum, so in Nature’s kitchen, white sapphires are very rare.  Consider this as an analogy: imagine a factory churning out chocolate chip cookies. The cookie factory makes 10,000,000 chocolate chip cookies per year, but 100 of those cookies come out of the oven without any chocolate chips. In Nature’s kitchen, even the seemingly impossible is possible, and the pure impossibly-possible beauty of a natural untreated white sapphire is undeniable.

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Let us begin your white sapphire engagement ring today. Our Sales and Design teams are standing by…

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What Are The Birthstones?

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January: Garnet      April: Diamond     July: Ruby     October: Opal & Tourmaline

February: Amethyst    May: Emerald   August: Peridot   November: Topaz & Citrine

March: Aquamarine     June: Pearl & Alexandrite      September: Sapphire

December: Turquoise, Zircon, & Tanzanite

Dating back thousands of years, with origins believed to be from the breast plate of Aaron and the twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel as described in the Book of Exodus; most of the history regarding the birthstones is a mystery. There are various beliefs related to birthstones, and some lists are different, even having fewer stones as in Vedic Astrology, which abides by a list of 9 stones related to 9 planets. Vedic Astrology is a whole different subject all together, and much can be learned from our own report on the subject within our section on Sapphire Lore, http://www.thenaturalsapphirecompany.com/education/sapphire-lore/sapphires-and-jyotisha-vedic-astrology/

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 The assignment of gemstones to symbolize the birth month is believed to have begun in the 18th century; however the current list of birthstones was completed in 1912 by the National Association of Jewelers, with the relatively recent addition of Tanzanite as an option for December.  So, really when it comes down to it, birthstones are a sales tactic. With that new information, you may be saying, “well, now what?”

People like their birthstones, even if they know it’s a sales tactic, they like feeling a connection to their stone. The connection however doesn’t need to be associated with your birth month specifically. Why not revel in the connection you have to your favorite color? Why do you love the color green? You may love the color green, unknowingly, because long ago someone told you emerald was your birthstone, and thus you were connected to the color green. Or, perhaps you are a lover of the outdoors, or gardening. Or maybe you’re just Irish. Either way, though the green of a fine emerald is certainly an appealing hue; emerald is not the only option for green gemstones. That goes for any of the listed birthstones… What you like about your birthstone – the color, the brilliance, or whatever special properties it may have, can be accomplished or at least come close to being accomplished by one gemstone, and that gemstone is Sapphire.

 

The New Birthstones – (All Sapphires & Rubies) 

 

Now you might be asking yourself, “Is this guy telling me to forget birthstones, just so he can sell more sapphires?”  Yes, yes I am.  However I’m not saying forget about birthstones simply because the list is a meaningless sales tactic. As a gemologist and jeweler, I believe it is my ethical responsibility to inform my customer of the truth, and the truth is, as far as every day jewelry is concerned, that is, if you plan to wear your gemstone as an engagement ring, or are at all rough on your jewelry, or are wanting to make a better, wiser, and longer lasting investment of your money; there is no better option than a sapphire. “What about diamond?” you ask. Come on, let’s get real… When it comes to sapphires and rubies; diamonds are like the Baby’s Breath in a dozen roses.

Here’s the new list:

January: Natural Ruby or Red Rose Sapphire – Your old birthstone was red, now you have the same color, as well as a harder & more durable gemstone. May: Green Sapphire – Jackie O’ had an emerald engagement ring, but how much “heavy lifting” did she do. Today’s modern woman needs a gem that won’t shatter with one knock against their desk. September: Sapphire – now a lot of people assume that they have to have a blue sapphire for their birthstone. Then again, some may not even realize that sapphires come in virtually every color. What’s your favorite?
February: Purple Sapphire  - the color of amethyst, with the brilliance that makes amethyst jealous. June: Silver Sapphire cut en cabochon, or the rare Color Change Sapphire.  Pearls are soft and susceptible to damage. Alexandrite is either $40,000 per carat, or not as pretty as you’d like it to be. October: Star Sapphire, Star Ruby, or Color Change Sapphire – the old birthstone, Opal, owes its fame to its play-of-color. Opal is in a category of gems called Phenomenal Gemstones, which includes star stones and color change stones. October is sort of a mysterious month – embrace that why don’t you.
March:  Ice Blue Ceylon Sapphire – most Aquamarine is heated, we have plenty of rare untreated light blue sapphires to meet March Babies demand. July: Ruby. Perfect! November:  Padparadscha Sapphire – Before Padpapradshcas found popularity, people thought topaz was so amazing, they didn’t realize what they were missing.
April:  White Sapphire – add a diamond halo so she still feels spoiled, then she’ll get the fire, and the big gem, and your wallet’s not empty August: Lime Green Sapphire – don’t even get me started on Peridot. While jumping In the pool isn’t advised with any jewelry; the chlorine in your pool will literally eat your peridot. So, yeah, Sapphire wins again. December:  Montana Sapphires – because it’s about time those beautiful American sapphires get some recognition.

 

 

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The Natural Sapphire Company Seal: Expletus Fides Calculu

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Comprised of elements from the Arnstein Family Crest and symbols of our company’s values and pursuits; the seal of The Natural Sapphire Company coat visible throughout our website and correspondence has been a reminder to us over the years of why we are in the wonderful  business of natural sapphires. We see the seal each day we arrive at work, and know by our motto Expletus Fides Calculu – loosely translated to “The Finished Stone of Good Faith” – that our reason for being here is more than a job and a means to an end, but a calling of passion for the beautiful natural sapphires we search the world for to bring their beauty to you. The Natural Sapphire Company specializes in the rare natural untreated sapphire; fresh from the earth that formed it over millions of years, cut and polished, and set for you in a one of a kind sapphire engagement ring. It sounds so simple, but it took earth and our company quite a lot of work to make that happen. We are proud of the work we and earth have done! Since 1939, it has not only been the sapphires we love, but the jewelry we put them in, and the customers who love and appreciate them. Your appreciation for the gems we hold dear is what has kept us going, so that we can continue to bring you the finest, as well as the most rare and unique sapphires and rubies, as well as educate the world about our favorite gemstones.  For your appreciation of sapphires, we thank you.

In between the two fierce Arnstein Family Lions, there is something you may not have seen before; it is the crystal habit of corundum, the common characteristic shape of the natural rough crystal. In the lower right quadrant is the Miner’s Hammer, a symbol for our unity with the miners of the world, our charity efforts for mining villages, and our dedication to bringing sapphires and rubies from the source to your hand. Sapphires and rubies are predominately mined by hand from alluvial sources using simple tools such as pickaxes, shovels, and bags & barrels to move the earth. It is hard, painstaking work, and we have tremendous respect for the men who do it. At the bottom of the shield, are The Mountains, a symbol to us of the continued quest for sapphires. And last but not least, the microscope. We are not only sellers of sapphires, we are gemologists. We know sapphires like no one else. Our entire sales team is made up of Graduate Gemologists, trained by the prestigious Gemological Institute of America. When you speak to someone at The Natural Sapphire Company about a rare untreated sapphire, you’re speaking to an expert in the field. And not only that, but this is a company that has been dealing in sapphires for over 80 years. Our history and our unified goals give us great confidence in our future, and we hope our customers will feel that same confidence.

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We feel so strongly about how we do business, and how our difference separates us from the rest, that we made our company seal emulate those sentiments. Every day when we leave the office, close the door, and take one last look at The Seal of The Natural Sapphire Company, we remember what we are aspiring to be, and what gorgeous sapphires our customers will one day see.

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Unique Engagement Rings

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We are living in an incredible time for jewelry. It is doubtful that our own era will have a defining characteristic of design such as that of the early 1900’s Art Nouveau, followed by the Art Deco movement, but what our era does have is a mish mosh of design possibilities and those fashion forward individuals who “oddly” do not want what everyone else has. While twenty or even ten years ago, most still followed what was almost protocol for engagement rings. This was when diamonds were still thought to be a girl’s best friend, but now with the help of science, we’ve learned that just isn’t true. Turns out sapphires were the correct answer…sapphires.

Now, while the classic engagement ring designs still hold true like the solitaire engagement ring or the three stone engagement rings, women in this era of jewelry want a bit more color in their engagement rings and no gemstone offers more options for color than sapphire. More color options mean sapphires are also your wardrobe’s best friend ladies. No matter if your closet is filled with preppy pastel dresses or earthy colored pantsuits; we have the perfect sapphire to complement your style. Choose from our Unique Sapphires and Curiosities, or something from our collection of Montana Sapphires. We can find you the sapphire of your dreams and then design a custom sapphire engagement ring for you.

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Combine a matched pair of sapphire side stones with your center sapphire, for a fashion forward and truly unique engagement ring. Take a look at our finished sapphire engagement rings for your own design inspirations, or choose one that’s perfect just the way it is. Just take a look at our vast color selection! With names like Lavender, Sage, and Saffron to name a few, even the names of our sapphires are unique! To put it plainly, if you’re looking for a unique engagement ring, we are the people to talk to.

The Natural Sapphire Company – your headquarters for unique engagement rings.

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Have you considered a brown or cognac sapphire?

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Known as the ‘four somethings,’ this classic rhyme describes to the bride what 4 items she must have for good luck on her wedding day. While the meanings of the somethings may not be widely understood, the tradition continues at weddings. But why not make it a little easier on yourself! In The Natural Sapphire Company’s Estate and Antique Collection, we have something old, and something blue, and though unfortunately you can’t borrow it, when you buy it, it will be new to you!!! So borrow a veil and come find yourself a sapphire gift to take care of the rest of your luck.

Not to overshadow your beautiful engagement ring or your wedding band, we’ll leave the subject of rings out of this, but your ears could certainly use some blue sapphire earrings, either studs for a conservative look, or long drop-style earrings for a bit more sparkle and liberal exuberance. If you’ll have your ears covered with a veil, consider perhaps a blue sapphire tennis bracelet or again, one with a little more sparkle and what was it I said, oh yeah, liberal exuberance…I like that.

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But lest we forget that prime piece of jewelry real estate, the neck and dare I say, bosom. Come on Ladies, this is your wedding day, the one day you can truly look and feel like a princess, and only a regal blue sapphire necklace is going to complete that imagery. Sure, you might have to choose between your first house and your first magnificent sapphire necklace fit for a queen, but in this economy, who knows, the necklace may end up being a better investment.  Whichever piece of blue sapphire jewelry you choose to bring you luck on your wedding day, its luck will surely continue in your life of love and happiness. May it be so!

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How To Care For Your Sapphire Jewelry

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14k Rose Gold Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring

It is suggested that you should have your sapphire jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected every six months. Besides keeping your rare natural untreated sapphire engagement ring as sparkly and gorgeous as the day you first saw it; the regular inspection of your ring will ensure that your sapphire stays wear it is, that your diamonds are secure, and that your ring maintains its beautiful polish. Let’s face it; we all move our hands around a lot in life, so don’t be ashamed if you bumped your ring against the granite countertop. The jewelers at The Natural Sapphire Company will make sure your sapphire ring gets the care it needs, as well as the cleaning your beautiful sapphire deserves.

If it’s been a few months since the proposal or your last six month cleaning and inspection, your sapphire engagement ring may not be looking as pretty as the day that little box was opened. Don’t fret! Your sapphire engagement ring is easy to clean, and safe to do so as long as you are careful and follow my advice.

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The safest way to clean the majority of your jewelry is with a soft tooth brush, warm water, and mild dish soap free of any abrasives. While your sapphire has a hardness of 9, second only to diamond; the precious metals that hold your sapphire are quite soft. Gold alloys are especially soft and range from 2.5 on the Mohs Scale to 4. Platinum is 3.5 and Palladium is 4.5.  You may think your facial scrub will be great to quickly remove the dirt and grime on your sapphire engagement ring, but the pumice in your facial scrub has a hardness of 6, and even the calcium in toothpaste has a hardness of 3.  Abrasives of any kind are bad news for jewelry.

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Warm water, mild dish soap, soft toothbrush, check! Now, be careful cleaning your ring. Be mindful of things like open drains in the sink, or long drops to hard floors. Better yet, maybe just sit down at the table with the bowl of warm water. If your sapphire engagement ring is really dirty, you can let it soak in the water to loosen up the grime. Lightly scrub your sapphire and sapphire jewelry with the soft bristled toothbrush. Rinse and dry with a soft and clean cloth, repeat if necessary. There are several home cleaning methods to use, including products specifically designed to help with the soaking and the cleaning process. There are even ultrasonic cleaning machines available for home use, though great care must be taken with what jewelry you put into an ultrasonic.  Never put any organic material like pearls or amber in an ultrasonic, as well as anything porous like lapis lazuli or turquoise, and never a gem that has been treated with fillers like most emeralds. With sapphire jewelry the only thing you have to take care of in regards to the ultrasonic, is to make sure your sapphire jewelry is not rubbing against the sides of the machine or anything else you may be cleaning. As the machines use ultrasonic vibration to clean, you have to be mindful that no undue wear is caused to the metal in your jewelry during the cleaning process.

Now that you know how to clean and care for your sapphire jewelry, a final piece of advice: Don’t be afraid to get your sapphire jewelry dirty, live life as it comes; your sapphire’s beauty will always be there.

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Is the Origin of Sapphire Important?

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This is a frequently asked question that I’m sure could receive simple answers, but speaking honestly, there isn’t an easy way to answer it. I will say, yes. And I will also say no. Corundum is found all over the world, though only a handful of sources yield large enough amounts of gem quality corundum to satisfy consumer demand. Miners and gemologists are constantly looking for new sources of gem quality sapphire and ruby, and as fashion trends change so does the demand for sapphires from the older sources and the new sources. While two hundred years ago the preferred source of a sapphire may have been Burma or Sri Lanka; today sapphire sources like Montana and Madagascar are producing incredible gemstones that rival those gems from the more famous sapphire origins. Should you not read on, know this possible simple answer: Sapphire origin is as important as you want or need it to be.

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First let me begin by telling you why sapphire origin is not important.  As a gemologist and lover of all gems, I believe in the age old saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We all have our favorite colors like blue, green, yellow, pink, etc. And within each color is a range of different tones. Sapphires are first and foremost about color, and given that they can be found in virtually every color under the sun, and from light to dark; to be certain, as far as colored gemstone engagement rings go, there is no better option for color than a sapphire.  So, one reason why sapphire origin is not important is because the color of the sapphire is the most important part. While certain hues, tones, and saturations of sapphire have achieved strong demand; the most important thing is how the wearer of the sapphire feels about the color. Maybe you don’t want the same color sapphire as the Duchess of Cambridge. Maybe brown is your favorite color, and if so we have a beautiful brown sapphire just for you! A sapphire is beautiful no matter where it comes from.

Now let me tell you why sapphire origin is important. If you’re looking for the crème de la crème of sapphires, the sapphires that make news at auction houses with record prices, or just a sapphire that you can brag about; the factor of sapphire origin can do a lot in those arenas. Still, the gem will have to be exceptional in all other regards as well to be considered, shall we say, Top Gem. You can have a 5 carat vivid untreated blue sapphire with excellent clarity, cut, and proportions, and even without a known origin it will still be a rare and beautiful gemstone.  Add a known and/or certified origin of Burma, and up goes the prestige of that sapphire. Add Kashmir as an origin, and not only does the level of prestige go up, but so does the rarity. In the case of Kashmir sapphires, since the source is virtually exhausted, they are extremely rare! So rare in fact, that we’ve only had one or two of them, and many have never even seen one. At auction, they are without a doubt the crowd favorite!

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In the world of gemology, origin is important; however it can be a hotly debated subject at the same time given that gemology is a rather new science relatively speaking.  In gemological laboratories, the origin of gemstones is determined by the chemical makeup of the gem, and the types of inclusions or clarity characteristics within the crystal. Some gemstones are easier to determine the source of than others, and some simply cannot be determined. The Gemological Institute of America, which has issued many of the reports for our sapphires and rubies, employs field gemologists to collect samples of gems directly from their sources. By doing this, they are creating a database of information for determining origins so that one day we will know for certain where our favorite gemstones came from.

In the world of sapphires, every origin tells a story and some origins have received more fame than others. The world has known of Sri Lankan sapphires for thousands of years, and their cornflower Ceylon blue hue is highly regarded. The Burmese sapphire is known for its vivid royal blue. The Kashmir sapphire is known for its velvety blue. Australian sapphires are known to be a dark, almost inky blue. And while there are sources that are known and are even famous for sapphires, there are also new sources that were recently discovered, and quite possibly the finest source of sapphires is yet to be discovered.

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The question you have to ask yourself is whether or not the origin of your sapphire is important to you. There is both romance and mystery in knowing your sapphire’s story or not knowing it. The center stone of your sapphire engagement ring has traveled millions of years, and thousands of miles to get to you. It was in the earth and then it wasn’t. It was washed and held up into the light of the sun for the first time in its existence. The crystal was admired for its beauty, determined a sapphire, and then was cut and polished so that one day it could grace your hand in a sapphire engagement ring. So, whether you know the sapphire’s origin or not, at least you know that all of the above is true, and that your sapphire is unquestionably beautiful.

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How Much Does A Sapphire Engagement Ring Cost?

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One Million Dollars! Ha Ha Ha Ha! Well….it could cost that much, and more, but if you’re concerned about how much you’ll have to spend to pop that big question, rest easy.  A sapphire engagement ring is not only the best option for a colored gemstone engagement ring, it also can be significantly more affordable than the more common diamond ring.

They used to say that a man should expect to pay 3 month’s salary for a diamond engagement ring. That was the efforts of the diamond companies marketing campaigns.  When it comes to sapphire engagement rings, we can have you out the door and ready for the proposal for less than a paycheck, or we can take that 3 month’s salary and make it look like you spent even more.

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 When you buy a diamond, the price is dependent on the sum of the 4 C’s – Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat weight. Similar factors come in to play with the pricing of sapphires and sapphire engagement rings; however the final judgment of the gem is rather subjective. Another factor that can affect the price of a sapphire is its origin, though generally this occurs with larger sapphires, and the price only jumps if the sapphire is from one of the more famous sources like Burma, Kashmir, or Sri Lanka.  

 Let me tell you what an expensive sapphire engagement ring looks like.  Over 5 carats, round, unheated, vivid and velvety cornflower blue, with perfect cut, symmetry, and proportions and from the rare Kashmir source. Set in platinum with 8 carats of D-color diamonds…this one will set you back.

 Now let me tell you about a sapphire engagement ring that even this poor gemologist can afford. From the unique American source of Montana – that’s right, beautiful gem quality sapphires come from Montana too; a 0.94ct emerald cut, unheated icy sky blue sapphire with wonderful proportions and perfect clarity.  I’d have this rare sapphire set in either 14k yellow gold, or palladium – platinum’s less expensive cousin. As side stones, a half-carat of radiant cut diamonds to match the shape of the sapphire and give the engagement ring a little more sparkle.  For well under that “3 month salary” budget, this sapphire engagement ring idea provides the features of what makes for a magnificent piece of jewelry. Beauty, rarity, uniqueness; this would be a ring like few others.

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The question, “how much does a sapphire engagement ring cost?” has many different answers. Regardless of the budget, a beautiful sapphire engagement ring is within everyone’s grasps. Our sales and design team are happy to work with you to not only stay within your budget, but also create a unique, rare, and stunning sapphire ring. Now, should you decide that you want to spend millions; we can help you with that too!

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69.35 Carat Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

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