Purple Sapphire Engagement Rings Are Like Having Two Different Rings
Purple sapphire engagement rings are unique in that they appear to change color depending on the lighting, and may look like two different rings under various lighting conditions. Purple sapphires look blue in the daylight and have more of a violet hue under incandescent lights. The more dramatic the color change, the more valuable the sapphire is considered to be.
If you like sapphires, you're not alone. Sapphires continue to be the best selling gem in the U.S. When people think about sapphires, they usually think of blue sapphires. However, natural sapphire comes in a variety of colors. Sapphires that are not blue are referred to collectively as fancy sapphires. Purple sapphires as well as other colored sapphires can be found in Madagascar, Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Australia to name a few regions. Heating sapphires may add to their value by enhancing color and clarity. It is estimated that over 90-95% of the sapphires in the market today are heat-treated.
Purple sapphires are a good choice for engagement rings because sapphires as a whole, are extremely durable gems. In fact, sapphires are the hardest gemstone except for diamonds. Thus, your ring can withstand all the elements and rigors of daily wearing, without you having to think twice.
In addition, purple sapphires are a good deal, often costing less than
blue sapphire engagement rings.
As with diamonds, sapphires increase disproportionately in cost as their carat weight increases. i.e. A three carat sapphire might cost a lot more than three separate sapphires adding up to three carats in weight. This is due in part to the fact that large carat sapphires are relatively rare. The kind of sapphire cut also impacts cost, with round sapphires costing slightly more than marquis or pear cuts.
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