Post # 1
I have lurked on here for quite some time but I’m not the most active poster. My SO and I have purchased a beautiful Montana sapphire, but I’m slowing everything down because I can’t decide what kind of setting I want (and I’ve changed my mind so many times I think I’ve scared my SO away from making the decision, he wants me to do it!). My main concern is how careful I have to be with sapphire, since it is a softer stone. I tend to take really good care of my (expensive) things, but we have a running joke that I’m a klutz and I break every glass we buy.
I’m drawn to bezels because I like clean lines and I like how protective they are, BUT my stone is a little steely so I’m concerned about darkening it. I’ve thought about half bezels, but it seems like a good portion of the stone is exposed, which worries me. Right now I’m leaning toward six prongs for the balance of protection vs. light getting to the stone, but they often look so busy from the side, and I prefer simpler styles. This is compounded by the fact that I’ve been thinking about having accent diamonds for a little sparkle–but I can’t find a three-stone ring with six prongs on the center stone.
Bees with sapphires (either e-rings or RHRs), how careful are you with them? What type of setting do you have? Have you ever chipped the stone? Are there any bees with six prongs on a .65ct diamond? (My sapphire is almost 1 carat, but is 5.6mm round so it faces up about the same as .65 carat diamond).
Any pics of sapphire rings, six prong rings, three stone rings are welcome/encouraged! I need inspiration. Bonus points for side views!
Plus a video of my sapphire! https://vimeo.com/122070716
Post # 2
Sapphires aren’t really that soft. They are second hardest natural stone after diamonds. I had a sapphire RHR for years and I’m not gentle with jewelery and had no issues with it.
Post # 3
Yep, what she said ^
Sapphires don’t require any special care. Typical wear and tear won’t hurt it one bit. The only thing that’s going to hurt it is if you take a pointy diamond to it. Or maybe something really unusual, like it deflects a bullet or gets run over by a car. Other than that it will be fine.
Post # 4
Thank you both for the reassurance! I’ve done some research but I mostly ended up in a rabbit hole of horror stories of gems chipping, even diamonds, from e.g. hitting the ring on the sink by accident. It makes me nervous because I’m a little accident prone!
Post # 5
I’ve been wearing my sapphire e-ring almost daily for 8 years now. The prongs had to be repaired twice, but the stone itself hasn’t had any problems, and I lead a pretty active lifestyle.
If you like bezel settings, I say go for a bezel! They can be so beautiful (actually want an emerald-cut with a bezel RHR)
But mine is a basic six-prong solitaire and I looooove it.
And off-topic but what color is your Montana sapphire? There are so many interesting color choices. I especially like their greenish blue/bluish green ones.
Post # 6
Stuff like that is always a possibility, but sapphires are one of the hardest stones, like PP said, second only to diamonds. There’s no setting that’s going to protect agaist freak accidents so just choose whatever style you love best. Have fun!
Post # 7
Thank you for sharing your experience. Your set is beautiful! I loove the color of your stone! My sapphire is a slightly steely blue. I really love the color and think I’m going to pair it with rose gold.
Now I can’t decide if I want to go with a solitaire and a diamond band, or side stones and a plain band. I’m terrible at deciding!!