White sapphires?!

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am curious too.  I went to a local jeweler who specializes in sapphires and she told me one of the issues with white sapphires is that they can become dull or cloudy after a while.  I would like to hear from others…

Post # 4
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230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

1. How do you feel about your stone? I am smitten with it.

2. How does is shine? In indoor overhead lighting, it’s very sparkly and very white. There are barely any flashes of color in it, and it throws off white and blue fire. In the sun and some other indirect lighting it takes on a very lavender tint. In low lighting it glows more than sparkl

3. How hard is it to keep it clean? It does get dirty pretty quickly, but I carry a microfiber cloth with me, and that takes care of it pretty well. I spray windex on it and wipe it off if it’s particularly stubborn. I take it off when I shower and do the dishes, though. I’ve only had it for a feel days, so I’m not sure if it will dull over time, but I think cleaning it every so often should do wonders.

4. Do you wish you had a colored sapphire instead? Not at all. My e-ring is my first time seeing a white sapphire in person, and it’s beautiful in its own way. The glow is really something else.

5. If you have diamonds on your ering/wedding band, how does the sapphire look with the diamonds? My ring has a diamond halo, and the diamonds look warm in comparison to the sapphire. The diamonds reflect light more, but they don’t outshine my stone. 

6. Do you think a white sapphire would look good set in rose gold? I think it would be lovely in rose gold.

Here are some pictures of it in different lighting situations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 5
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12 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - Honey Lake Plantation

I have an antique (WWII) sapphire ring my great-uncle brought back from Italy and, yes, if I don’t keep it cleaned (Dazzle stick does wonders) it does dull a bit, but that could also be because of the cut. More facets = more sparkle.

My e-ring is white sapphires around a blue sapphire center stone and the small sapphires do sparkle like mad when it’s freshly cleaned. And even when they’re less sparkly it just gives them an antique look.

No clue about the rose gold–mine are in white gold and silver.

Post # 6
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33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

1. How do you feel about your stone?

I love it – I’m really glad that we didn’t get a diamond. That would have meant either debt or a very small stone. The sapphire I have is the right size for me. Plus, diamonds are overdone!

2. How does is shine?

It is sparkly, but it has a different tone than diamonds. It isn’t colorful, but it is very sparkly, especially when it has just been cleaned.

3. How hard is it to keep it clean?

Mine seems to get foggy pretty easily. I had it fully cleaned at 6 months and I couldn’t believe how sparkly it was after that. They told me I could come in anytime for a steam-clean, and I’ve done it once since then. They also told me to make a solution of one part windex and 6 parts water. So I have a littler plastic container and I’ll sometimes put my ring in there in the morning when I’m getting ready, then I’ll brush it with an old toothbrush.

4. Do you wish you had a colored sapphire instead?

Actually, I do. I love blue. I would have loved a blue sapphire, but my husband wanted it to be more traditional. He felt like other people wouldn’t view it as an engagement ring if it was a colored stone. He was the one buying it, so I went along with it. I might trade it in for a blue sapphire for our 5th anniversary or something. But it is beautiful as it is 🙂

5. If you have diamonds on your ering/wedding band, how does the sapphire look with the diamonds?

I have teeny-tiny diamond chips, and it looks fine with those.

6. Do you think a white sapphire would look good set in rose gold?

I think it would look nice, probably nicer than diamond, because the sapphire is more purely white (no colorful sparkles). Mine is white gold though.

Any other info about white sapphires is appreciated!

Not sure if you have Shane Co. where you live, but that’s where we got mine. You can check out their website too and order online. They were really the only place we saw that takes white sapphires seriously. Some places you can only get them mounted in silver, not gold. Shane Co. had a bunch to choose from, and they didn’t make us feel bad for not

And of course, please share your white sapphire ring porn!

 
Here’s another angle:

Post # 7
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2435 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

@mariebuttons:  

 

 

 

1. How do you feel about your stone? I am obsessed with it, it is a fascinating stone!

 

2. How does is shine? Mine is almost “glittery” when it’s clean, it sparkles in the sun and it glows in indoor/dull light. It sometimes has a soft blueish tint to it. 

 

3. How hard is it to keep it clean? It does get dirty quickly, but it’s easy to clean, I use dish soap and a small brush then I dy it with a microfiber cloth and it’s good as new

 

4. Do you wish you had a colored sapphire instead? No, I love this ring as is, m white sapphire is perfect

 

5. If you have diamonds on your ering/wedding band, how does the sapphire look with the diamonds? Mine is set in a halo of black diamonds, and it looks great! I’m guessing you are asking more about how it looks with white diamods though, I have two white diamond bands that I wear with it sometimes and they look great together! 

 

6. Do you think a white sapphire would look good set in rose gold? Yes, I think a white sapphire would look awesome in rose gold.

 

Any other info about white sapphires is appreciated! I love white sapphires, I think they are very gorgeous stones, I think that people who talk about being let down by white sapphires are people who were hoping the sapphire would look like/behave like a diamond. White sapphires are not very diamond like, imho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 8
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97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

1. How do you feel about your stone? I love it 89% of the time. Sometimes it looks too dark and cloudy 🙁

2. How does is shine? Indoors in low lights it’s amazingly sparkly. Bright outdoor light it gets a greyish hue.

3. How hard is it to keep it clean? I clean mine every other day and somtimes that isn’t enough to me. I think I’m super anal about it though.

4. Do you wish you had a colored sapphire instead? No way

5. If you have diamonds on your ering/wedding band, how does the sapphire look with the diamonds? The diamonds in my ring make the entire setting more sparkly. I don’t think I would like my ring as much if it didn’t have all the pave diamonds.

6. Do you think a white sapphire would look good set in rose gold? sure

 



Post # 9
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709 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I love my white sapphire. Definitely a different “sparkle” than a diamond but I just adore my ring. Once a week, I drop it in a cup of warm water with a few drops of dawn soap and brush it with a toothbrush. Looks great again 🙂

 

Post # 11
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725 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have a white sapphire ring with a setting I had made after much research.  I have to say my stone does not and has not dulled at all.  My husband to be inspects it all the time worried the stone will look bad.  I’m the one that pressed getting the sapphire over a diamond.

I got my sapphire from e-bay.  Its a rather large cushion cut.  This may have something to do with it not getting dirty as easy.  I’ve heard smaller stones are harder to keep clean.  And as far as the wedding band I had a plain metal band made to go with my setting by the designer.

The stone itself I have noticed has a great deal of sparkle.  It has even surprisingly gotten the attention of people I just happen to hand money to or who happen to see my hand because of the shine.  My white sapphire catches light that is blue, green and sometimes yellow.  Never red or orange which I hear diamonds shine with.

Two jewelry designers I took the stone to for appraisal said they would grade the cut as exceptional.  I feel the cut can make the stone.  On e-bay usually the seller will state something like, ‘exceptional cut’ or ‘diamond cut.’ I would not purchase a stone that didn’t at least state something like that for the cut.

Cleaning can be tricky with white sapphires and I’ve talked to more than a few jewelry designers about this. 

You can NOT use a ultra sonic cleaner and shoud NOT use harsh abrasive cleaners with ammonia or anything that would clean a diamond.
You should use a bowl of water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent. Using an old toothbrush or other soft brush, scrub gently behind the stone where dust and soap can collect. Then just rinse and pat try with a soft cloth.

A jewelry designer I know pretty well now has had white sapphire rings she wears all the time every day.  When I asked her how she keeps her white sapphire rings clean she gave me the following info.

Ionic Cleaners
and/or warm, soapy water and a soft brush as the best way to clean Sapphire jewelry.

 

From what I understand a ionic cleaner only has soapy water in it but the vibration shakes tarnish off metal and whatever is making your stone dull.

Remember sapphires are porous and can soak up harsh cleaners and when that happens over time your up a creek.

That said I’m very happy with my stone.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@chica95110:  Sapphires are actually non-porous along with diamonds and rubies. I don’t think other gemstones are, though.

 

 

 

Post # 13
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76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

1. How do you feel about your stone? I love it!!! My original E-ring was my great-grandmother’s ring. I didn’t want to wear it daily so we decided to find something just as beautiful, durable, but also inexpensive. We originally looked at blue sapphires, then after reading threads here at WB I scoped out the white sapphires and we fell in love!!! 

2. How does is shine?  When I keep it clean, it sparkles in some lights; in other lighting it can look smoky or very faint blue.  It took my dad (who makes jewelry as a hobby) a few times seeing it before he asked what it was… he knew it wasn’t a diamond or CZ but turns out he had never seen a white sapphire before!

3. How hard is it to keep it clean?  Not hard. I got a polishing rag and some eyeglass cleaner and do that every few days. 

4. Do you wish you had a colored sapphire instead?  While a blue sapphire would be pretty, this is the stone FI picked out and I love it because it reminds me of him.

5. If you have diamonds on your ering/wedding band, how does the sapphire look with the diamonds?  No diamonds on my wedding band.

6. Do you think a white sapphire would look good set in rose gold? I would think so.

Any other info about white sapphires is appreciated!  The best is the cost… if I lose it, it’s easily replaceable.

And of course, please share your white sapphire ring porn!  Size 5, 2.0tcw

Post # 14
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2748 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@chica95110:  You can use an ultra sonic cleaner. I have my sapphire tossed in every time I go to the mall. My extended service plan on my ring comes with an ultrasonic cleaner that should be here int he next day or so :).

Post # 15
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2748 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I want to preface this with My sapphire is not white, but I love and know a lot about sapphires :D. Now onto your questions.

 

1. How do you feel about your stone?

I LOVE my stone.

2. How does is shine?

My stone is very shiny. It flashes blues, greens, champagnes, purples, burghundies depending on the light. The shine is velvety and full of life.

3. How hard is it to keep it clean?

I clean my sapphire atleast once a week. I’ve been using an at home diamond cleaner that I would chuck it into for about 5 minutes then scrub it front, back, and sides with a small brush. It is very important to try to get every corner to keep it shiny. To make your ring super shiny rinse it pat it dry with a towel/paper towel that doesnt leave fibers and then blow dry it on low heat! The secret to a super shiny ring is this! I also had it chucked into the sonic cleaner at the mall whenever I am there, which is usually once a month. In the next couple of days my ultrasonic cleaner should be here though :D. Then I will probably clean it twice a week. I also keep a diamond dazzle stick in my purse for when I’m out of town, and I try to dry it off really well when I wash my hands.

4. Do you wish you had a colored sapphire instead?

This doesnt apply since I got the most colored sapphire ever an alexandrite color changer.

5. If you have diamonds on your ering/wedding band, how does the sapphire look with the diamonds?

I do have diamonds and they look fine together. I really like the shine of the sapphire over the diamonds and I’m glad I went with this instead of a diamond.

6. Do you think a white sapphire would look good set in rose gold?

I think it would depend on your preference and the stone. I personally really like rose gold with things like morganites, and cognac diamonds. These stones are a little warmer.

Here is what my stone does:

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