Sunday, June 04, 2006

Sapphire White Gold Ring

A sapphire white gold ring can be quite enchanting and is more affordable than a diamond.

Sapphire gems belong to the corundum family and many people think of sapphires as being blue. In fact sapphires can come in a variety of colors including pink, yellow, green, purple and orange.

Red sapphire is more commonly known as Ruby sapphire but is a sapphire never the less.

A sapphire is prefixed by it’s color so you can tell which sapphire is being talked about.

Sapphires mainly come from Burma (Myanmar), Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and some from Australia, East Africa and even the US. It is the next hardest material after diamond with a Moh hardness of 9 (diamond is 10).

Most sapphires on the market today are heat or irradiation to improve the color. Unfortunately this only improves the color for a while which then fades again later down the track.

When buying a sapphire white gold ring one should be aware of the above. For example sapphires, being a hard material, can easily scratch other jewellery so sapphire white gold rings should be stored separate from other gold and silver jewellery so they do not scratch them.

Also make sure you are buying a genuine sapphire by getting the stone independently appraised so you know the characteristics and quality of the store and therefore it’s true value. This is also useful for insurance purposes.

Maintaining a sapphire white gold ring is important. It should be cleaned only with warm soapy water, rinsed well to remove any surplus soap and dried completely to remove any residual water. Then stored when not in use.

A sapphire white gold ring can look absolutely wonderful and can make an excellent fashion statement in the right circumstances provided it is chosen well and fits the rest of the fashion being worn.

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