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Sapphire gemstones are available in virtually every color of the rainbow, including white. While diamond engagement rings are steeped in the tradition of western marriages, the white sapphire engagement ring is rising quickly in popularity. With the clear stone’s visual clarity mimicking the diamond, it exists in a middle ground between traditional and nontraditional engagement ring center stone options.
The main factor which makes white sapphire not only a diamond alternative, but an excellent choice for every day wear is it’s durability. The MOHs scale of hardness is the method for measuring the hardness and durability of stones, and diamonds sit right at the top, at a 10. Sapphires, made up of the element corundum, are right below at a 9. This makes white sapphire engagement rings perfect for daily use, and means they are only slightly less scratch resistant than diamonds.
When buying white sapphire jewelry or rings, the burden is really placed on the consumer to judge the appearance in person. The GIA, who is responsible for the grading scale of diamonds, does not have an equivalent scale for white sapphires. However, they do publish reports on sapphires focused on weight, measurements, shape, cut, transparency, color and whether the white sapphire has been heat-treated. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Visually inspecting the stone, and setting, will allow for the wearer to truly judge the quality.
Nontraditional engagement ring stones such as white sapphire or Moissanite, are growing closer to overtaking the traditional diamond choice. A white sapphire engagement ring features a gem which offers value, and durability combined with a sense of mystique, providing the wearer a unique piece that will undoubtedly stand out in a sea of diamonds. Our beautiful white sapphire stones and other engagement rings can be found throughout our website.