Sapphire comes from a group of gemstones known as Corundum
The word Corundum originated in India & probably refers to the great hardness of the mineral.
The word Sapphire; Greek for Blue used to be used to describe various stones.
Now it is used to describe all corundums of gemstones quality apart from Red.
The red is called RUBY.
The different colors of sapphire ranging from Blue, Green, Yellow, Colorless,Reddish to Orange Sapphire.
I would love to have any of those colors on a diamond and sapphire engagement ring.
Sapphire has a Mohs hardness hardness of 9 which is just below that of diamond at 10.
The minerals that give Sapphire its blue color are Iron & Titanium.
In Violet stones, Vanadium.
Small quantities of Iron result in Yellow & Green tones while small ones of Vanadium produces Orange tones.
Chrome gives you a Pink color.
The colors in diamond and sapphire rings complement each other very well due to the sharp contrast in color.
The bright colors of the sapphire and the white of the diamond.
With sapphire and diamond rings, you get the best of both worlds.
Diamonds are way more expensive than sapphires due to easier availability of sapphire and cheaper cutting cost against…the rarity of diamonds and much more expensive cutting costs.
Below is a contrast between sapphire & diamond.
I have kept the different parameters i.e. Size and Quality the same for both.
A 1 carat VSI , D-F color diamond could retail for $9,000 while a top quality 1 carat Blue sapphire retails for $850.
Based on this, owning diamond & sapphire rings looks like an expensive undertaking…not necessarily.
If you get lower quality diamonds and sapphires, you can cut the above estimated prices of these rings in half.
The white diamond color blends especially well with the blue tones of the sapphire.
You can be extravagant and opt for a large diamond in the middle of your ring flanked by two small Sapphires e.g. in a 3 stone diamond ring.
For a cheaper option, use a sapphire as the middle stone and flank it with two small diamonds.
Whichever way you decide to go, these rings are truly a thing of beauty.