Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings
One of the more fashionable engagement ring styles is the sapphire and diamond halo made popular by the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The vintage look of the halo design is a timeless classic and symbolizes the unbreakable vow between husband and wife. Sapphire is the gemstone associated with truth and the soul. In years past, the giving of a blue sapphire signified a promise of loyally and trust, which makes the blue sapphire engagement ring a wonderful symbol of the union of marriage.
Below are two new blue sapphire designs by James Allen. First is a round cut blue sapphire halo engagement ring with a popular “infinity” band. Second, is a classic blue sapphire halo design reminiscent of the ring given to Kate Middleton.
Infinity Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Cushion Shape Blue Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring
Blue sapphire rings are stately, elegant and very much in vogue these days. This stone has a timeless elegance that makes every woman feel special when she wears it. Known as a “Stone of Destiny” to the ancient people, the blue sapphire is the perfect gem to spend a lifetime wearing.
Sapphires are the birthstone for September and are thought to bring great luck and good fortune when worn by people who are born in this autumnal month.
Blue Sapphire Gemstones
Sapphires are in the aluminum oxide family of corundum minerals. Corundums are a category of rock-forming minerals which may contain “impurities” such as titanium, iron and chromium. The presence of certain impurities causes the sapphire to turn blue. Specifically, it is the presence of the elements titanium and iron that give the corundum a blue hue. The more titanium and iron found in the mineral the deeper and richer the color of blue. However, when there is more titanium than iron, the hue is much lighter and the stone can almost be colorless.
If the stone has more iron than titanium, the color can be slightly yellow or even green. Some sapphires appear almost purple indicating a strong presence of both titanium and iron.
The hardness of a corundum mineral is listed as nine on a scale of one to ten with ten being the hardest (See Mohs Scale). A diamond is a ten which makes the sapphire second only to the diamond in terms of hardness. The hardness of the sapphire adds to its high value. The blue sapphire is, in general, rarer than a diamond but is also in less demand. This causes the sapphire to be priced somewhat lower than a diamond. The stone was originally mined in south-east Asia, but it has now been found in many locations all over the world.
The most expensive sapphires have a rich intense pure blue color. Sapphires are usually cut to enhance the color and brilliance of the gemstone. Unlike diamonds, there are currently no standards for the “ideal” proportions or cut of a sapphire.