Pink sapphire engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular especially since it is the affordable and most excellent alternative for pink diamond engagement rings. Pink diamond engagement rings are the most sought after rings because of their feminine color and of course, because of its rarity.
However, the qualities that women love about pink diamond engagement rings are what make them more expensive. Further, pink diamonds are actually harder to come by than white diamonds since only a minimal amount of pink diamonds are mined annually.
Pink Sapphire Wedding Rings that have the similar feel and color that pink diamonds have but with a lower price tag. Pink sapphire can be considered as one of the most feminine looking precious stones because of its pastel color which can range from the lightest pink, bubblegum and even honeysuckle.
The precious stone sapphire symbolizes truth, soul, and fidelity, which also holds true even for pink sapphires. It is likewise the birthstone for September, the zodiac gem for Virgos and the gem for the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries.
Understanding Pink Sapphire
Sapphire and ruby stones are actually made from the same mineral corundum but are crystals of different colors with corundum coming in all colors of a rainbow. When gemologists discovered this connection, they settled on calling all other colors sapphire stones, except the red stones which they called ruby stones. Pink shades of corundum were then categorized as sapphire.
Pink sapphire stones with higher levels of chromium are deeper in color. In choosing pink sapphires, the deeper the color the more expensive it is, given that the shade is pointing leaning ruby reds. Pink sapphire stones are likewise rarer than sapphire stones in blue.
All pink sapphire stones are first heated up to 2,000 degrees to determine if the stone’s clarity and color will naturally improve. However, some pink sapphire stones are diffusion treated meaning that their top layers have been contaminated with chemicals to artificially intensify their pinkish colors or lack thereof. These types of pink sapphires are less valuable and less rare.
Selecting Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings
Because of the growing popularity of pink sapphire engagement rings, it can be confusing to decide on ‘the one’. The main thing to consider when choosing pink sapphire engagement rings is to make sure that the pink sapphire stone is properly showcased and not overshadowed by the style of the engagement ring.
Styles of Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings
Engagement rings come in simple to very elaborate styles and both classic and modern styles can complement a pink sapphire stone. As an example, antique or Natural Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings are typically heavily patterned and engraved and can beautifully set off the color of a pink sapphire. Likewise, more modern and simple styles are ideal for setting off the cut of a pink sapphire stone.
Pink Sapphire Cuts
Pink sapphires are typically cut with facets meaning that they have plenty of tiny surfaces capable of reflecting and catching light. Cabochon cut pink sapphires which are smooth and polished are also nice choices. They can either be hand cut or machine cut, with the hand cut stones being more expensive since some hand cutters can cut stones in a unique way to showcase its beauty even more.
Most sapphire stones also have internal marks or small inclusions that help to prove that they are natural and not man made. On the other hand, heavily included pink sapphires will be more opaque and are used for costume jewelry.
Precious Metals for Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings
Precious metals commonly used for Light Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings include platinum, gold tones, silver, palladium, as well as titanium. The precious metals have different shades and colors and should be selected based on the color of the pink sapphire that will be used on the engagement ring since the overall effect may vary.
For example, a platinum, silver, or white gold band gives a cool look to a deeper pink sapphire’s warmth to effectively create a stunning contrast. However, pink sapphires with lighter shades will look better on yellow gold and rose gold engagement ring bands.
Settings for Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings
Settings are important for engagement rings to properly showcase the center stone or stones that will be used. For pink sapphire stones, as with all stones, it is important that the setting you will choose will be able to protect the stone or stones against scratching or getting loose. Popular pink sapphire engagement rings settings include tension setting, Tiffany setting, bezel setting, pave settings, channel setting, and multi-stone setting.
Taking Care of Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings
Caring for Princess Cut Pink Sapphire Ringis vital since you will have to wear it for the rest of your life. First, you shouldn’t place jewelry together in a small space so as to avoid getting scratched. You should also remove the ring when doing manual labor or something that will require your hands’ full attention.
Likewise, it is important to follow up with your jeweler even once a year to determine the condition of your pink sapphire engagement ring. The jeweler will also know how to properly clean the ring without damaging it. In between visits to the jeweler, you can also try cleaning your pink sapphire engagement rings.
For home cleaning, you can try softly brushing the ring with a kid’s toothbrush in a bowl of sudsy warm water. Rinse the ring with warm water and then pat with a lint-free, soft cloth to dry. Or, you can always purchase ready-to-use liquid cleaners for jewelry which work amazing for pink sapphire engagement rings.