If you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring, you suddenly find yourself learning an awfully lot about gems. It is almost as if you’re back in science class! But now, learning about rocks has much more meaning. The gem on your ring will be with you for life — and could be passed down through the generations after you’re gone. Let’s cover the differences between diamond rings and sapphire rings. Don’t worry, there’s no quiz at the end!
A diamond is almost four times as hard as a sapphire stone. This doesn’t mean that sapphire is soft. It is extremely tough, scratch-resistant, and compact.
Sapphires come in all colors, except for shades of red (a red “sapphire” would actually be called a ruby). Some of the most popular colors for sapphires include blue and blue-green. Diamonds also come in a variety of colors, but the most common type of diamond is the pure variety, which is perfectly clear.
In general, sapphires are less expensive than diamonds. However, there are always exceptions to the rule! You can find sapphire rings that cost anywhere from $2,000 to $75,000 dollars. Like diamonds, there is a wide price range.
Diamonds are made of pure carbon that has crystallized in a cubic formation. Sapphire, on the other hand, is an aluminum oxide that takes on a hexagonal form. The structure of the gem affects the way light works through it and gives each stone a unique look.
You don’t have to be a scientist to shop for engagement rings, but it is helpful to know some basic differences between gemstones. The next time you are in a jewelry store, or shopping online, pay attention to the differences in the stones you see. Knowing this background information on sapphires and diamonds, and the difference between the two will help you appreciate each type of ring in a new way!