“Yes”, A sapphire’s allure has made this one of the most popular gemstones across the world. Ancient cultures to the modern day recognize that beyond its beauty and brilliance, the durability of sapphire makes it the most practical gemstone out there for both engagement rings as well as fine jewelry.
In the world of colored gems, natural sapphire engagement rings offer some of the most eye catching and long-lasting choices for an engagement ring carrying the strongest cleavage than any other stone including a diamond. Let us take a closer look at what makes a natural sapphire the best choice for your new engagement ring.
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Understanding the Mohs Scale & Cleavage
Out of a necessity to determine the hardness of minerals out in the field, the Mohs hardness scale was developed by Friedrich Mohs in 1812, and has been a valuable aid in identifying the hardness of naturally occurring minerals that are mined from the earth.
Above rough natural sapphire crystal approx. 3.50 cts
Here is how it works: When two mineral samples are compared, whichever mineral scratches the other is the harder mineral. If both can scratch the other, then they are of the same hardness. The mohs scale runs from 10 to 1, a diamond being the hardness on the scratch test at 10 with a natural sapphire being a 9 along with the ruby. If you look at an Emerald gemstone that scores a 7.5 on Mohs scale is 50 times softer than a sapphire showing how strong a natural sapphire is.
Cleavage is as important as Mohs harness scale as long as the gemstone scores a hardness of 8 or higher, Cleavage refers to the breaking or chipping point of a gemstone, a sapphire regardless of color has a higher cleavage or breaking point than any gemstone including a diamond which is known for being brittle in comparison making the sapphire much more durable over time, especially if you are considering a larger diamond which is more prone to been knocked or chipped over a sapphire. This can be seen when you look at sapphire rings and sapphire jewelry which have been used by Europe’s Royalty which can be dated back over hundreds of years, without any exception each sapphire is still in the same condition it was when originally cut and polished.
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Where does Sapphire stand?
Diamond being one of the hardest minerals on earth, stands tall at a 10 on the Mohs scale, whereas sapphire is ranked just below at a 9. This is due to the fact that Corundum, from which sapphire is obtained, has an exceptionally hard crystal hexagon structure. The only crystalline structure harder than corundum is the cubic crystal structure found in diamond. To give you a better idea in terms of absolute hardness, corundum (hardness 9) is 10 times harder than topaz with a hardness level of 8. Sapphires are also inert to chemicals including acid and have an extremely high melting point at over 2,000 degrees Celsius making a sapphire perfect gem for engagement and wedding rings.
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How does this benefit you?
Well, so far so good. But what does all of this mean in the end? And is there a point to learning all this as a consumer? Of course! This is proof that a Sapphire is an inherently strong gemstone. It’s not prone to scratching, breaking, chipping, cracking, or chemical abrasion.
Sapphires are available in an array of colors, with a sapphire engagement ring the size of the sapphire you can choose over a diamond would also be much larger with prices per carat for diamonds being higher despite a natural sapphire being a much rarer gemstone. With the durability of a sapphire today it can take the stress of everyday wear and tear. Their resistance to chemicals means that your stone will not become etched or lose its polish under most conditions, for this reason, Sapphire Ring Company offers a lifetime warranty on all of their natural sapphires which are accompanied with a GIA report.
That said, there are times when its best to take the engagement ring off to protect the gold or platinum along with the prongs set, below we list some activities when its best to remove your engagement ring whether it’s a diamond or sapphire ring.
In the gym
To be honest, any form of exercise is a no-no for engagement rings. There’s the obvious potential for damage from knocks. Moreover, the constant movement can cause the ring to twist and even the stone popping off. Even though the sapphire is a tough gem, the prongs that secure it can loosen.
Cleaning the house
Again, knocks on worktops or other hard surfaces can be an issue when cleaning. These can loosen up the prongs over time. If you have a ring that carries accent diamonds, they are also prone to falling out.
It’s always best to practice to place your engagement ring in a safe place before going for a swim. The change in temperature of the pool or ocean can make your fingers shrink. This results in your ring, which was a good fit, becoming loose. The next thing you know, it’s gone. There are businesses who make a living from finding engagement rings lost in the ocean.
If you tend to lie on your hands, the pressure of your weight causes the band to change shape. This can also lead to the stone popping out. The smart thing to do is to put your ring in the ring box on the nightstand. In the morning you can put it back on again.
For the best choice in genuine sapphire rings, get in touch with Sapphire Rings Co today!
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To understand the history of sapphires in more detail take a look at our educational pages. Here we have the history on sapphires from origin to how sapphires are formed and mined.