Sapphires are undoubtedly one of the most famous gems used in engagement rings. Couples who are looking for an alternative to diamonds will usually opt for sapphires since it is also a durable gem. Sapphire engagement rings are undeniably beautiful gems and a one of a kind choice for an engagement ring. This gem is commonly seen in a blue shade. However it is not limited to blues because it comes in a variety of colors too!
Similar to other gems like rubies, sapphires are also made of a mineral called corundum. Their only difference is their color. Rubies are made of red corundum, and on the other hand sapphires come in different colors including green, pink, yellow, purple, orange, and of course the most common one in blue. Furthermore, its color may also change depending on the lighting it receives making it quite difficult to choose the perfect color to be bought. Sapphires are more rare compared to diamonds, yet are still cheaper. They are mined in different countries around the world such as India, Tanzania, China, Kenya, Australia, Madagascar, and some parts of the US.
What Sapphires Symbolize
The sapphire gem is said to symbolize knowledge, blessings, truth and purity. This makes it an ideal engagement ring because these are the qualities a future wife must possess. Not only that, sapphires also symbolizes faithfulness and sincerity of the two lovers which makes it the best symbol for a fresh start of a new chapter in their lives. As a matter of fact, you will notice some priests or divine holders and royalties using sapphires to symbolize their truth and knowledge. A sapphire is also popular as a birthstone and represents those who are born in September.For more facts and information regarding engagement rings, you can go to http://www.mahalo.com/erica-chevillar.
How Sapphires are Processed
It is rare that you will find engagement rings with sapphire gems not improved in some way. A sapphire has to be improved to enhance its color. However, there are instances wherein the whole process changes the stability and value of the gem. The most common way of enhancing the gem is by heating which improves its whole look, stability and color. Once done, a sapphire engagement ring will no longer need a special maintenance for it lasts a lifetime and its value is rarely affected.
Of course there are other methods of enhancing sapphires for engagement ring purpose but each are more complicated than heating. An example is the sapphire diffusion which is rarely done and has good stability rate. Another is irradiation enhancement which is good for yellow and orange sapphires who have low stability. There is also a beryllium treatment which brightens up the color of yellow and orange sapphires. These are highly talked about processes since not every stone that undergoes it gets a right label after the treatment. You can also check emerald diamond engagement rings here!