Some people actually prefer sapphire over any other type of gem. It is also important to mention that they are less pricy compared to diamonds. Yet they are almost as robust as real diamonds. Besides its dazzling properties and various colors a buyer can choose from, it also comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. This also means that if you are on a tighter budget, but still want to impress your beloved one. You can easily purchase a decently sized sapphire ring instead of a smaller diamond ring. Besides that, the combination of sapphires and diamonds looks amazing as well. The sapphire flower ring from our own collection of rings at Royal Coster Diamonds.
DesignThe three most favored designs of this gem are the round, oval, and cushion shape. To give you an idea of the measurements and price we can compare a 6mm round sapphire to a 0.75-carat diamond, which is its precise equivalent. The different kind of cuts. You can see the favorite sapphire cuts; round, oval and cushion cut here.
ColorAs previously mentioned, sapphires come in a variety of colors. However, pink, green, black, yellow to orange and purple hues are very rare. You can find them under the name "Fancy Sapphires". Another very interesting and amazingly rare variant is the colorless version of this gem. In the past, the colorless sapphire was an excellent alternative or copy of diamonds. Nowadays, collectors and jewelers feel extremely lucky when they come across one. They are practically impossible to find. Besides that, there is also the pinkish-orange variety of sapphire, this one is called the padparadscha. Fancy Sapphires in the colors pink, green, orange and blue.
TransparencyMany people overlook the sapphire's transparency. But when you want to buy a sapphire, please pay attention to its translucency. Or in other words: how much light does the gem let through? Most of the time, clarity and transparency go hand in hand but they are definitely not the same. Although transparency is linked to clarity as inclusions block the light that goes through the gem. So there is a correlation between them. Clarity specifies the type and number of inclusions while transparency specifies how 'transparant' the gem is as the word says for itself. Of course the most desirable gemstone has a high clarity and high transparency. Levels of transparency:
- Transparent: Objects viewed beyond the gemstone appear sharp, totally see-through.
- Semi-transparent: Images appear slightly blurry.
- Translucent: Light is still transmitted.
- Semi-translucent: Just a small part of the light is transmitted.
- Opaque: No light passing through.