jessjlstar: I have a white sapphire! I am in love with it, and there’s no way I’d trade it in for any other stone. I have had my e-ring for amost two months, and it still looks brand new. Sapphires are really hard, so I don’t expect it to change, haha! Mine is a solitaire, so it’s just the one stone. I do clean my sapphire with a toothbrush and hand soap once a week to keep it looking fresh. I think it probably gets dirty faster than a diamond, but even when it’s dirty, it’s lovely. I just clean it a lot to keep it at maximum sparkle! I do not feel that my stone is cloudly or milky. It has so much depth, and I have tried it on next to my mom’s diamond e-ring, and I can’t tell the difference. A lot of people like to snark on sapphires and say you can always tell the difference between it and a diamond, but I think if your sapphire is of a normal size (a carat or less) it is difficult to tell with the naked eye. The problem some people run into is buying a very large white sapphire, which can look too clear and glassy. Mine is a little over a half carat, and I have never felt that it looks glassy. My one caution is that they don’t photograph well. My ring is a hundred times more beautiful in person than I could ever capture with a photo. For some reason, my iPhone camera has a hard time catching all the flare, facets, and sparkle. That is my only real complaint with them, though. I think that in person, my ring has tons of fire, and people compliment my “diamond” all the time. I always correct them and tell them it’s a white sapphire! I can’t wait to pass my beautiful e-ring down to my daughter one day. I definitely encourage more bees to go for white sapphires, because they are lovely.
My one other caution is to make sure you look for VERY high quality if you are going with a lab-created white sapphire. Mine is natural, so I did not run into as many problems, but with the lab-created ones, the quality is going to really vary. Some are created more for costume-type jewelry, but others are true engagement ring quality. You need to make sure you’re getting an excellent cut, because the cut is going to make all the difference with the sapphires. I really recommend a round brilliant, I have looked at a lot of sapphires, and I think it showcases the quality of the stone best. I have seen a lot of emerald cuts or pear cuts that end up looking glassy. Always get a second opinion from a jeweler you aren’t purchasing!
Congratulations on picking out a white sapphire! My fiance and I are also in college, so I understand the struggle, but seriously, after he put my ring on my finger, I never thought about having a diamond again. I stare at it in different light like an idiot all the time. I hope he gifts me with more white sapphire jewelry in the future, and we are even thinking about a white sapphire eternity band! They are truly lovely gemstones with a beauty all their own.
Typical iPhone pic of my ring:
Trying to catch a little more of it’s color (fyi, anyone who tells you sapphires won’t throw rainbows is full of it):
Let me know if you have any questions, I love spreading my white sapphire love all over the Bee! 🙂