There is just something very elegant about a Sapphire engagement ring. In ancient cultures and medieval times, sapphires were the preferred choice with medieval royalty and clergy as it symbolises honesty and wisdom. As an engagement ring, blue symbolises faithfulness and sincerity.
In assessing sapphires, there is no standardised quality-grading system, but it is very rare to find an unheated sapphire without inclusions.
When in search of an unheated Sapphire, be cognisant that there are jewellers both locally in Singapore and overseas who will term or market their Sapphires to be natural (read: natural, but heated).
Jewellers who market Sapphires or gemstones as natural when the gem is actually heated, or has undergone some form of heat process, is not being truthful. In fact, on an international basis, in the gem and jewellery industry, a natural gemstone or Sapphire, when indicated as natural, is understood or assumed to be unheated.
So, for any consumers’ piece of mind, they should be sure to ask their jeweller this question point-blank: Is this gem or Sapphire heated? Or gone through any form of treatment? Any reputable jeweller should disclose whether a natural Sapphire in question is heated or unheated.
Why are these questions important to the consumer during the decision-making process of their purchase? It is to do with the purchase price. A Sapphire or gemstone which is unheated is in an entirely different price bracket to a heated Sapphire (assuming all else being the same: both pieces are eye-clean, both are well-cut, both have even colour distribution, both have no areas of excessive shadows or “windows”).
Price of a heated Sapphire can be as low as half or even at a 60% discount to the price of a visually stunning unheated Sapphire.
Below features a 1ct unheated, untreated Sapphire set in a stunning diamond encrusted goldwork throughout the ring. Designed to be a seamless nesting concept, this ring design can be paired with wedding band without having excessive gaps between the engagement ring and wedding band.
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