Kate Hudson’s New Engagement Ring..!!

Kate Hudson Wearing Her New Engagement Ring

Who better than to show up at her own Gala, wearing a new engagement ring, than Kate Hudson!? The Baby2BabyGala, presented by Tiffany & Co., honored actress Kate Hudson this year. On the red carpet, Kate was spotted rocking a brand new sapphire engagement ring (it’s still unconfirmed if it’s a green sapphire, alexandrite or dark emerald) regardless, it’s completely different from her diamond ring that her fiance gave her almost four years ago!

Kate Hudson’s New Stunner..!!!

Kate and ‘husband-to-be’, Matthew Bellamy, decided it was time to upgrade with a new asscher-cut sapphire surrounded by diamonds (shown above). Take a look at Kate’s ‘outdated ring’ (below) and get jealous of her new one!

The “Out-dated” Diamond Ring..!!!

 

 

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Sapphires Break Auction Records Again!

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The market for natural sapphires continues to rise year after year. The world demand for natural blue sapphires is still in its infancy, and that is very exciting news for The Natural Sapphire Company.

The auction houses continue to see new records breaking year after year for fine untreated blue sapphires. It’s very important to note that the prices for heat treated sapphires aren’t rising very much because they’re a manufactured product in large part.

A 17.00ct blue sapphire sold in October 2014 for 4 Million Dollars, here’s the full story on GIA’s website.

The “Imperial Kashmir,” a 17.16 ct sapphire, achieved a world record for a sapphire when it sold for $236,404 per carat ($4.01 million) at a Sotheby’s Oct. 7 auction in Hong Kong

And the world record for a sapphire sold in November for nearly 18 Million!

“The Blue Belle of Asia”, a 392,52 carats sapphire

This has prompted us to raise some prices on our large and very rare sapphire rings, such as our prized 69ct Princess Diana inspired sapphire ring. At the current price of 2 Million, this is below market and a fabulous investment grade sapphire.

 

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Elvis’ Black Star Sapphire Ring on the Auction Block

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14k with 12x10mm Black Star Sapphire and 0.25ct diamond.

Elvis’ 14k gold nugget ring with 12x10mm Black Star Sapphire and 0.25ct diamond.

Set to be put on the auction block at an upcoming Graceland fundraising auction, the King of Rock n’ Roll’s 14 karat yellow gold, black star sapphire and diamond ring. Clearly he was a man of good taste! The bold gent’s ring was fabricated using a drip-wax technique, lending a natural gold nugget look that was popular in the 70’s for men’s jewelry.  The black star sapphire measures 12x10mm and the round diamond is 0.25 carats. A somewhat modest ring for the King, but considering how many he wore…he wore many rings!

The Graceland Auction is the first auction to be held on the Graceland property and will feature items for auction from third party collectors, and nothing from the actual Graceland Estate.  On-line bidding for the items began on August 1st, with the final auction taking place on August 14th, 2014.  Other items for auction include Elvis’ signed library card, and some very ugly clothing and furniture.

Black Star Sapphires have always been a popular choice for men’s jewelry. Take a look at our collection of star sapphires and you’ll find that having a ring that makes you look like The King, does not have to be an impossible dream! I have a feeling Elvis would approve of our vast selection!

9.22ct Black Star Sapphire - just a little bigger than Elvis'

9.22ct Black Star Sapphire – just a little bigger than Elvis’

Elvis had a love of jewelry and gemstones, and sapphires were his favorite gemstone. One of Elvis’ longtime friends from Memphis, Alan Fortas, once said that “Elvis believed the wearing of sapphire jewelry was supposed to signify generosity, good manners, wisdom and noble thoughts.” Elvis’ personal jeweler Lowell Hays, who made much of Elvis’ iconic jewelry, says that “Elvis liked colored stones. Sapphires were his favorite, and he liked rubies and emeralds. So I sold a lot of rings that had colored stones in them, a lot of different shapes and styles. He would always buy sapphire rings.”

Now, if you’re interested in being your own King, or Queen you might consider following Elvis’ lead by acquiring a shall we say Large-And-In-Charge kind of sapphire ring.  We can handle that as well!

Elvis Would Approve

Elvis Would Approve

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Do Sapphire Origins Matter?

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3.02ct Kashmir Sapphire

3.02ct Kashmir Sapphire

Some say yes, some say no. Those who say yes are generally those purchasing the larger and more rare untreated sapphires and rubies from the historically famous mines of places like Burma, Kashmir, and Sri Lanka. More often than not, if a colored gemstone sets a record at auction, it is an untreated sapphire or untreated ruby from one of those three locations.  Much of what makes that auctioned gem important will be its carat weight, its quality and saturation of color, and then its notable origin. Valuation of important sapphires and rubies involves a summation of all the stone’s qualities and comparing that summation to what has been seen before. Some locations for instance are known for smaller gemstones, so when a large stone is found, the rarity of that stone rises significantly.

4.77ct Unheated Burmese Sapphire

4.77ct Unheated Burmese Sapphire

While Sri Lanka and Burma still have ruby and sapphire production; Kashmir’s major years of production only lasted from 1882-1887 beginning when a landslide high in the Kudi Valley in the Zanskar range of the Himalayas revealed many of the now famous velvety cornflower blue sapphire crystals. The Kashmir source only provides a very slow trickle of sapphires into the market, and what we generally see now are Kashmir sapphires occasionally showing up on the auction block. A good substitute for that famous cornflower blue can be found in the finest sapphires from Sri Lanka.

Even if you’re not shelling out a million bucks for a sapphire, the origin of your sapphire does still hold importance.  For one thing the origin is the stone’s birthplace – kind of a nice thing to know. If you want to decide what source is your favorite, you may be able to notice slight differences between blue sapphires from Burma and Sri Lanka. Burmese sapphires tend to be a darker royal blue, while Ceylon blue sapphires tend to be a lighter blue ranging to a fine cornflower blue. What gemologists know more than anything however is that anything is possible, well virtually anything.

69.35ct No-Heat Ceylon Sapphire, Please Give It A Name!

69.35ct No-Heat Ceylon Sapphire, Please Give It A Name!

So, do sapphire sources matter? Every gemstone has a story – a past, a present, and an unknown future. Knowing what you can of that story will either be an interesting descriptive term for your sapphire engagement ring or the reason to spend $5,000,000 at the next Sotheby’s auction.

With the above said, there is an exception – the Padparadshca sapphire. Another sapphire that obtains record breaking prices at auction; the Padparadscha is a pinkish orange, to orangey pink sapphire that has been said to resemble a lotus flower and a sunset. Though pinkish orange and orangey pink sapphires have been found in Tanzania, their brown component differentiates from the true Padparadscha sapphire from Sri Lanka. If you’re interested in a sapphire where the source matters, the Padparadscha is truly an important gemstone to own.

Enjoy our educational page if you are interested in learning more about sapphire origins.

9.51ct Untreated Padparadscha Sapphire

9.51ct Untreated Padparadscha Sapphire

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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.

Sapphire pendant

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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