Sapphire Cocktail Rings

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34.00ct Star Sapphire Cocktail Ring

On January 17, 1920, under the terms of the recently ratified 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the production, sale, and distribution of alcohol nationwide was banned, and the country was called Dry. Though the new law may have hindered American’s abilities to find alcohol, we have never been a people without determination. By 1925, there were an estimated 20,000 to 100,000 underground saloons or “speakeasies” in New York City alone.  Building renovators today are still finding hidden rooms under restaurants and various other establishments throughout America, in both rural and urban areas that may have been secret drinking clubs, or places for communities to hold cocktail parties.

Interestingly, the “Cocktail Party” is credited to a Mrs. Julius S. Walsh of St. Louis, Missouri who in May of 1917 had 50 guests for a party, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and that within weeks cocktail parties had become “a St. Louis institution.” Yes, even before Prohibition and the Roaring Twenties, American’s knew how to have a good time, but in 1920, when we were told we weren’t allowed to have a good time… Well, you just can’t stop us!

6.51ct Rare Untreated Ruby Cocktail Ring

With the advent of the Cocktail Party and the “just you try and stop me” attitude of Americans during prohibition; the nights were filled with lavish parties, drunken exuberance, and opulent “above-the-law” flaunting. This flaunting was more than just the consumption of illegal alcohol; it was the fashion, and the music, and the art, and all that was New in the world. It was an exciting time of rebellion against the old way of doing everything.  No one represented the times better than the Flapper Girls – those ladies with their bobbed hair styles, long strands of beads and pearls, and short skirts showing more than just the ankle. And of course what cocktail party or flapper girl would be complete without a cocktail ring?

45.30ct Carved Flower Blue Sapphire Cocktail Ring

The Cocktail ring was the most likely the last item a woman put on before going off to the speakeasy during Prohibition. And furthermore, as the cocktail ring continued to be worn through the 40s and 50s, it may still be considered the perfect accessory for any lavish party one is headed to. Also known as a Dinner Ring, the cocktail ring became popular during Prohibition as a way for women to truly flaunt their opulence at speakeasies and secret cocktail parties. Worn on the right hand ring finger or occasionally on the index finger; the cocktail ring was a large ring, often with a large center stone, the idea being of course to catch everyone’s eye.  Imagine yourself,

Its 1926, and you’re at the nicest speakeasy in town, The Puncheon Club in Midtown Manhattan. The lights are dim, and cool jazz mixes with laughter and the sounds of glasses clinking together. You’re wearing a dress by Coco Channel, and your neck feels a slight chill from the opening door and your hair being pinned up in a bob with a beaded feather.  Laughing and carrying on around you, you notice the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, and members of the Algonquin Round Table throwing back their drinks with carefree splendor. You look down at the drink in your hand – a whiskey sour – the ice shining under the amber lights of the barroom. On your right hand that holds your glass you see a magnificent pink sapphire cocktail ring. Small diamonds surrounding the stone sparkle and bounce light off your glass. The vivid pink hue of the sapphire makes you think of the ribbon candy of your youth. Suddenly you are young, and alive, and Free!

16.89ct Pink Sapphire Cocktail Ring

 

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New Year’s Eve Proposals

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If you’re reading this, you’re ether considering proposing this New Year’s Eve or possibly hoping to be proposed to.  Whether you’re hoping to give it or wear it, New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and let it be known there is still time to find a beautiful sapphire or ruby engagement ring for what surely could be an unforgettable New Year’s celebration.

2.08ct Blue Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

For those hoping to be proposed to I’d suggest you leave your browser open, and try to get your loved one to see it. For those considering popping that question, I’ll tell you now there could be no better time to do it. Think about it! You undoubtedly are already planning a romantic evening, and your fiancé-to-be is already planning on looking their best, so even if you weren’t considering proposing, you’re already half way to a perfect proposal! You take care of the romance and the champagne and we’ll supply you with a beautiful sapphire ring that you and your family can treasure for a lifetime.

Concerned about not knowing exactly what to get? That is a common question, especially for those planning a surprise proposal. One option is to go with a simple yet classic solitaire sapphire engagement ring just to pop the question with. Then when betrothed you and your spouse-to-be can design the perfect sapphire or ruby engagement ring together. That said there is little else more perfect than an untreated blue sapphire set on its own.

Untreated Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

In need of New Year’s Eve proposal ideas? There are countless options in New York City for a romantic evening or for a short vacation. Plan to spend a few extra days in the city and you can meet with us in the new year to discuss the design of your sapphire engagement ring.  Our team of gemologists and jewelry designers are ready to add beauty to your life, and for that beauty to be the symbol of your love.

A “Perfect” 7.17ct Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

 

 

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Vivid Yellow Sapphire

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It can be imagined that when mankind was first able to see color, before there was a word to describe it; yellow was certainly the most important and valued. Whether it was the color of the sun that grew our crops, or the color of fire that cooked our meals and warmed our tired hands, the color yellow was precious from the beginning. More than to simply imagine, it can be said that the color yellow unites us all. We share yellow as a part of our human history. It represents our values, our dreams, and desires. It symbolizes our faiths and our fortitudes. Yellow is warmth and purity, love and sensitivity. Yellow is the sun’s rays and the alluring glow of yellow gold. Yellow is the natural untreated vivid yellow sapphire.

19.57ct Untreated Vivid Yellow Sapphire

An untreated vivid yellow sapphire is a rare and precious gemstone. Here at The Natural Sapphire Company we often talk about rarity because, well, that’s what the root of our business is all about. The title of rarity is stretched over the gem world, as rarity is relative. Yellow sapphires are not the rarest in the world of sapphires, however to have an unheated sapphire obviously increases that degree of rarity. As most sapphires have inclusions that affect how the color of the sapphire is seen, untreated yellow sapphires often have a soft and pale appearance because of the unbroken rutile silk within the stone. The one that is few and far between is the unheated yellow sapphire with stunning clarity and a vivid, strongly saturated yellow hue. Some of us will be patient and wait for the perfect sapphire, others will accept the minor heat treatment in order to have their vivid yellow sapphire, and still others may opt for the beryllium treated stone (eww!), regardless of how unnatural it may be. Vivid yellow as the Sun, the untreated yellow sapphire beckons for your attention.

47.06ct Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Cocktail Ring

While the blue sapphire is the most common color for sapphire engagement rings, the popularity of yellow sapphire engagement rings has been on the rise. However, yellow sapphires are not only for the bride to be.  For every day wear, the yellow sapphire makes for a beautiful, durable, and if you wish, understated piece of gemstone jewelry.  Yellow gold will make your yellow sapphire glow. White gold and platinum will give the sapphire a cool and clean look. Add diamonds for some added sparkle, or have the simple beauty of a vivid yellow sapphire displayed as a solitaire. Just as with other fancy colored sapphires, yellow sapphires are available in many cuts and shapes as well as variations of tone and saturation. Come see our collection of loose yellow sapphires and finished yellow sapphire jewelry in person; we’ll help you find the perfect stone.

1.77ctw Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold

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White Sapphire Diamond Substitute

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Before the advent of such things as Cubic Zirconia (CZ), Synthetic Moissanite, and other synthetically produced colorless stones; natural white sapphires were and still are a beautiful alternative to the colorless diamond. Though it doesn’t have the same degree of dispersion or fire that a diamond has, or the modern synthetics have, what the white sapphire offers is a natural, rare, and beautiful colorless gemstone option with a hardness of 9 on the Mohs Scale, availability of diamond like sizes and shapes , and last but not least, a very competitive price.

Asscher Cut White Sapphire

White sapphires, though named as such, are not actually white, but like diamond are colorless. And, just like diamond the appearance of the stone can be affected by the stone’s clarity. A heated white sapphire will generally be void of any visible inclusions, and the rare untreated white sapphires can still be as free of inclusions or may contain visible natural silk giving the sapphire a softer appearance – like the velvety Kashmir sapphire sans blue. The untreated white sapphire is considered a rare gem, especially in finer qualities. Pure Sapphire. Free from the trace elements that cause the colors blue, and pink, and yellow; white sapphires are the blank canvas of nature’s crystal making excellence. At first sight, set as a sapphire engagement ring, it will be plain to see that the white sapphire can be just as captivating and lovely as any other colorless stone. Furthermore it could be said that white sapphire is not a diamond substitute, but that Diamond is the substitute for white sapphire.

White Sapphire Engagement Ring

When it comes to sapphires, color adds value and though I love color just as much as the next guy, there is much to be said for a rare and natural gemstone, clear and transparent. Unlike the impassioned reflections of rubies and the ocean-like stir of blue sapphires; white sapphires are windows to moments lost in time. Faceted as brilliant cuts, step cuts, and mixed brilliant cuts, you can find a white sapphire in any of the famous gemstone shapes.  What’s more, or rather less, is the price that comes in at a mere fraction of the price for a similarly sized diamond. The only thing that’s missing is the Fire, but The Natural Sapphire Company can still give you the engagement ring of your dreams. Set a 3 carat brilliant white sapphire in a halo of fiery pave diamonds, and what you’ll undoubtedly have is the best of all worlds. Browse our selection of loose white sapphires and finished sapphire jewelry, and then ask us how we can make your jewelry dreams come true.

White Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

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Popular Engagement Ring Styles

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In a time when it’s no longer the social “requirement” to have a diamond engagement ring and the colors of sapphire and ruby have taken center stage in the bridal jewelry market, there still lies the decision as to what style of engagement ring to choose. This decision becomes difficult to answer with all of the possibilities to choose from, as well as the constant ebb and flow of engagement ring trends. There is one thing that we at The Natural Sapphire Company strongly believe will never change and that is classic style.

1.10ct Radiant Emerald Cut 3-Stone Sapphire Engagement Ring

Whether you have a diamond as the center stone or the far more rare options like untreated ruby or sapphire; the 3-stone ring is truly a classic design of clean beauty and symmetry that will never go out of style. The 3-stone ring is occasionally linked to the symbolism of Past, Present, & Future, but the beauty is not in the symbolism of this design, but the incredible combinations of color you can have. Imagine a sapphire with ruby side stones, or a pink sapphire with yellow diamonds.  The possibilities for customization of this classic design of simplicity are nearly endless.

4.37ct Cushion Cut Pink Sapphire Between Intense Yellow Diamonds

For another classic design, and about as simple as one can get; the solitaire engagement ring endures as an optimal choice for popping the question with. While Tiffany made famous the raised prong setting for their diamonds, this technique works equal wonders for the rare beauty of sapphires and rubies. Leaving out the embellishment of diamonds, one can showcase the beauty of their chosen color, as well as shape and cut. Though round stones were always the norm for solitaire settings, the popularity of fancy gem shapes such as pear, cushion, and trillion continues to rise. Though a simple design, a solitaire sapphire engagement ring can be made unique and one of a kind with choices for metal color, prong shape, and of course the rare untreated gem that you choose.

1.88ct Solitaire Pink Oval Sapphire Engagement Ring

A popular design since the engagement of Prince Charles to Princess Diana, and Prince William to Kate Middleton, as well as a classic design utilized for generations to frame the beauty of sapphires and rubies; the halo design is another style of engagement ring that like the 3-stone and the solitaire, will never go out of style. It is the stark contrast of the brilliant white diamonds against the rich hues of sapphire and ruby that make this design appealing for the eyes no matter what color your center stone is. If you have your heart set on a diamond for your center stone, consider then a colorful halo, like a floral wreath around the testament of your love. Without changing the subject it must be noted, color really does make everything better.

Hexagon Diamond with Blue Sapphire Halo

Last but not least, there is a strong trend towards antique and estate engagement rings, more often than not of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau aesthetic featuring combinations of strong lines, intricate detail, and floral engravings. Some people may not like the idea of a pre-worn ring, while others may understand the joy of continuing that engagement ring’s story of love and devotion. If you’re a part of the latter, then we have an ever growing collection of estate pieces at The Natural Sapphire Company to choose from. And if old jewelry isn’t your thing we have estate and antique inspired design that will send you back in time.

Estate Inspired Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Should you still be unsure of what engagement ring design to choose, our website has every possibility of sapphire or ruby engagement ring style available to view and learn from. Once you see something you like, make an appointment to come see it in person. Our gemologists will be happy to answer any of your questions regarding sapphires, rubies, & ring design.

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Engagement Rings Inspired By Flowers

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Being attracted to and adorning ourselves with flowers and all sorts of natural things is nothing new, as picking a flower was probably the first attainment of beauty by mankind – we saw it, we wanted it, we picked it! As simple then as it is today, we want brightly colored fresh cut flowers forever. And if we can’t have those forever, we’ll get by with a brightly colored sapphire engagement ring with a floral design that forever will symbolize not only the meaning of the ring, but also the happiness associated with our inherently shared joys.

Antique, estate, and period-inspired jewelry is very popular today as it begins to find its way out of the bottom of the jewelry boxes and on to the hands and into the minds of many looking to wear a still unique piece of jewelry. The Art Nouveau movement is obviously of interest for its florally designs and engravings, which continue to inspire contemporary designs. Even the Art Deco movement with its sharp edges and geometric designs, receives credit for floral representation though less apparent and more symbolic. Some may like the obvious presence of flowers in their sapphire engagement ring, while others want to be the only one to see their precious rose.

1.55ct Ruby, Diamond, and Platinum Ring

It is not in the least bit surprising the propensity for colored gemstone engagement rings to have designs inspired by flowers, given the historical meanings behind the giving of flowers dependent not only on what type of flower was used, but also the color of the flower. The red ruby engagement ring with a rose motif…could there be a more powerful symbol of love and passion? A blue star sapphire engagement ring with violets rising up the white gold shank – all at once a symbol of love and fidelity. And of course, a pink sapphire engagement ring, with a pink like a summer’s vivid Dahlia, and abstract diamond petals that curl over the sides of a gold band for a combined symbolism of dignity, elegance, and femininity.

4.85ct Purplish Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring with Diamond Interpretive Flower

Whether you know for sure you want a garden on your hand, or think you want just a symbol of joyful memories; The Natural Sapphire Company has myriad options for sapphire and ruby rings inspired by flowers. Choose from popular designs or have our state of the art design team create a ring to match every symbol and meaning you wish, to make your ring a truly personal treasure.

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Apple’s Sapphire Glass for iPhone 6

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If you read any technological news you probably know all about this, and if not, you may have noticed after typing the word “sapphire” into your search engine that the first and fifteenth result had something to do with Apple, iPhones, and sapphires. We all caught wind of this story months ago, when Apple was merely whispering about the possibility of using sapphire-glass as screens, and Gorilla Glass, Apple’s current supplier of screens, was probably feeling the similar affect that real gorillas feel being encroached upon in their jungle.

3.08ct Natural White Sapphire

Now after months of planning and swift deliberation, Apple has teamed with GT Advanced Technologies to begin producing synthetic sapphire-glass. The great part of this story is that Apple and GT have been approved for a manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona that will create over 700 jobs. It will also be nice to have at least one piece of your phone Made in America.

Synthetic sapphire, also known as lab-grown corundum or aluminum oxide, is commonly used in the jewelry market either sold by someone attempting to deceive their customer, or bought by someone wanting to deceive everyone else. In the industrial market the use of synthetic sapphire is nothing new, having for a long time been used in lasers and bar code scanners. Whether colored by various elemental ingredients in the laboratory and then faceted and polished, or made crystal clear ready to be sliced for industrial uses; both examples are formed using similar synthetic processes, that use a melted mixture of aluminum oxide that slowly cools resulting in what’s called a boule.

In all of the articles on Apple’s deal with GT and the possibility of sapphire-glass screens for your next iPhone; the writers repeat the words sapphire, and gemstone, and indestructible over and over. You wouldn’t have kept reading had they not, but the truth is that none of those words are accurate to describe the thin sheet of synthetically crystallized aluminum oxide that Apple is planning to replace the present screens with. Synthetic corundum is also not a “gemstone,” as to be called a gemstone is to imply that it is natural, rare, durable, and beautiful. Finally, the greatest emphasis is placed on the synthetic sapphire-glass screens that will be “indestructible.” With sapphire’s hardness of 9 on the Mohs Scale, second to diamond, the synthetic sapphire-glass screens will certainly be more resistant to scratching – just one of the many reasons why sapphire engagement rings are so popular – however, just like diamonds and sapphires, the iPhone screens will Not be indestructible. More than for the false advertising, our concern at The Natural Sapphire Company is that with the increased production of synthetic sapphire, there is the increased chance for more synthetic “gemstones” entering the market. Luckily for our customers we have a team of gemologists making sure that every stone we sell is natural. Synthetics are Nothing compared to the Real Thing!

However, all this being said, once Apple sends out that iPhone 6 with the “sapphire screen” bring your new phone to us so we can make it a little more natural.

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Ruby Engagement Rings

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While diamonds are thought to symbolize strength and eternity, and sapphires represent truth & fidelity; rubies with their fiery red hues, since their first discovery, have symbolized romance, passion, and undying love. Combining the color of fire that has warmed us since Man first struck two rocks together, the color of the blood that rushes through our veins keeping us alive, and the intensity of our hearts, and deepest emotions; rubies are today, as they have been for centuries, one of the greatest tangible treasures of mankind representing the greatest intangible treasure of mankind – Love. With their striking contrast to the brilliant white light of diamonds, it is no wonder that ruby engagement rings continue to catch the eyes of both the women who want them and the men who buy them.

6.23ct Ruby Engagement Ring in Rose Gold

 Sister to the sapphire in the same Corundum family; rubies are 9 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, second in hardness to the diamond, and like sapphire make an exceptional choice for the center stone or as side stones for a diamond or sapphire engagement ring. What does the ruby have that the sapphire doesn’t? Other than the dominate red hue that gives the ruby its distinction, rubies in sizes over 4 or 5 carats are extremely rare. Add that to The Natural Sapphire Company’s forte of untreated rubies and sapphires, and what you will have for a ruby engagement ring will not only be a symbol of your love and devotion, but a true treasure of nature and fine jewelry design.  Though the rarity and value of an untreated ruby over 5 carats may sound daunting to some, the rarity and value of an untreated natural ruby is still great for stones under 5 carats. And even if a ruby had its color and apparent clarity improved by common heat treatment, it is still a ruby to be appreciated for its beauty, it’s natural formation, and the incredible path it took to get from the miner’s hand to yours.

1.18ct Ruby and Diamond Engagement Ring

There was a time, long ago, when only Kings and Queens, and those of nobility were allowed to own rubies. Then again that was also the time when engagement rings of the common people were often whatever could be wrapped around a finger. Fast forward to the present when we can all have the ruby engagement ring prized for generations and forever standing for eternal love. Whether you’re in the market for an untreated 1.18ct ruby engagement ring accented by the warm glow of 18k yellow gold, or a rare-does-not-even-begin-to-describe 5.55ct unheated Burmese ruby set in platinum; look no further than The Natural Sapphire Company. We have a ruby engagement ring for everybody.

5.55ct Untreated Burmese Ruby Ring

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Why Should I Buy A Sapphire?

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Let me be Frank instead of Paul, Sapphires Are Awesome! Sure, that might be a biased statement coming from The Natural Sapphire Company, but I assure you it is true and that after reading this you will believe it too!

“Why should I buy a sapphire?” is a common question from anyone buying jewelry for an engagement, an anniversary, or any other occasion.  Confusion over what to buy from the gem and jewelry industry is understandable, especially in a market absolutely overflowing with possibilities, and everyone telling you their product is the best.

Long enough ago that few of us remember it, but still not that long ago; it was in 1947 that DeBeers launched the “Diamonds Are Forever” campaign, which from then on essentially brainwashed the world into believing that there was only one option, that everyone had to have a diamond, and the underlying mistruth that diamonds are indestructible. Diamonds are far from indestructible, in fact their 4 planes of cleavage, or if you will, directions of breakage, can have a nasty effect on your diamond from just the slightest tap against your kitchen’s granite counter top. On the other hand, though a sapphire’s hardness is a 9 on the Moh’s Scale, and can be scratched by a diamond, only a diamond; sapphires do not have cleavage and therefore will be less prone to damage over time.  It could be said that on the scale of indestructability, Sapphire Wins!

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, as there are more reasons than one why you should buy a sapphire. You may have heard of the 4 C’s of diamond grading: Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat weight. If you haven’t, to briefly define it, the 4 C’s are how diamonds are judged and prices are determined. The 4 C’s don’t directly apply to the grading of sapphires, but for the purpose of answering the Why Sapphire question, following the 4 C’s should give you an orderly understanding of the excellent nature of sapphires.

Curious Bluish Green Natural 3.12ct Sapphire

Color: The most important factor in any colored gemstone is obviously color. While blue is the most commonly known sapphire color, they’re also found in pink, yellow, green, purple, orange, white, black, and every variation of tone and saturation in between. There are even sapphires that change color under different light sources. When it comes to color, no other gemstone has a wider span of possibilities than sapphire. Think of the boxes of crayons we all had as children. Often we were stuck with that small box of 8 colors, but what we all really wanted was that massive box with a hundred different shades and the crayon sharpener in the back of the box. Sapphires are like that box of a hundred different crayons. What’s your favorite color?

Unique Triangle Cut 0.83ct Blue Mint Sapphire

Cut: Whether you want a virtual pool of color for your eyes to dive in to, or the same brilliant facet arrangements as the most sparkly of diamonds; the various cuts of sapphire add to the stone’s color and beauty. A diamond’s cut is judged far more harshly than a colored gemstone like sapphire. The reason for this is that sapphires, especially those that are untreated, are far more rare than your standard 1-2 carat diamond. Because of the rarity of fine rough gem quality material, gem cutters tend to sacrifice the “ideal cut” to save the precious weight of the sapphire crystal. For sapphires, if the color you want is there, than issues with the cut can be forgiven.

Clarity: Another of the 4 C’s that is judged far more harshly in diamonds than in colored stones; the range and reason of clarity in sapphires is an interesting and unique subject that goes beyond terms of quality. For the gemologist, a sapphire without inclusions is suspect. Of course there are sapphires with exceptional clarity – The Natural Sapphire Company has many of them, however most sapphires have some kind of clarity characteristic such as the mineral rutile, that is often described as “silk” or crystal inclusions and color zoning which are akin to snapshots of the sapphire’s natural growth process. While inclusions can negatively affect the beauty of a sapphire, they can also improve the beauty of the stone. You may have heard of the Kashmir sapphire, with its velvety blue hue. That velvety aspect is a result of the sapphire’s natural inclusions. What you should honestly be looking for when looking at a sapphire is whether or not the stone is pleasing to your eye from a 2-3 foot distance. If it’s rare, natural, and beautiful, the sapphire’s “flaws” seen under magnification are merely the gem’s inner unseen beauty.

3.12ct Radiant Pink Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

Carat: If the large size of a stone is your priority, then for the price of a 1 carat diamond you could have a ballin’ sapphire cocktail ring that will have the world around you wondering if you know something they don’t! Like diamonds, the higher the carat weight, the higher the price. However, that being said, if you have any inclination to buy the 1 carat diamond, than you’re probably looking to spend quite a few thousand buckaroos! Take a look at what kind of sapphire and ruby jewelry you can buy for the same budget or less. Sapphires are not better because they can be less expensive, but it doesn’t hurt if they are.

We are living in a new age of colored stone jewelry where at least 1 in 5 engagement rings lack the conventional diamond center stone.  Out in the market you’ll surely find numerous options for colored gemstone engagement rings, but be mindful that what makes a good engagement stone is not only beauty and rarity, but hardness and durability to last till death do you part. A sapphire’s hardness and durability, along with its range of colors and cuts, make it the most suitable option for colored stone engagement rings, or any other piece of gemstone jewelry that receives daily wear.  As you’ve now learned why you should buy a sapphire, you’ve also learned that the true decision making process – the fun part – has only just begun.

Perfect 10.18ct Ceylon Blue Star Sapphire

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Antique and Estate Jewelry Section

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The constantly evolving world of Estate Jewelry fascinates me as new material always comes out of the woodwork. We are launching our Antique and Estate Jewelry Section, and my search for treasures has led me to some fascinating places. It is always a pleasure to find exciting new pieces, whether they come in the form of finished jewelry or when the spotlight is on the center stone. Examples that come to mind, in particular, include an outstanding Pair of Art Deco Platinum, Rock Crystal, Sapphire and Carved Ruby Dress Clips of circa 1925 that we are now proud to offer for sale (J4080). They are in impeccable condition, beautifully made, so unusual, and how wonderful that the rock crystal has survived intact throughout the decades.

Pair of Art Deco Platinum, Rock Crystal, Sapphire and Carved Ruby Dress Clips

As our firm specializes in sapphires, we are also pleased to offer a fabulous 34.00 carat Star Sapphire mounted in a gorgeous platinum and diamond ring (J3991).

34.00ct Blue Star Sapphire Ring

Also, speaking of sapphires, a very interesting piece of news came out of Christie’s Auction house in New York earlier this month. A 13.57 carat Padparadscha sapphire sold for $497,000, way over the estimate of $80,000-$120,000. These are rare pinkish-orange sapphires that are highly coveted. Examples of this large size are seldom available.  Wouldn’t it be nice to even have an engagement ring featuring one of these.  By the way, we have a lovely unheated cushion cut Padparadscha ring (J3978).

Platinum and 18K Yellow Gold Padparadscha Ring

Stay tuned…………………

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