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Why our Sapphires are Superior!

Selection Process | As Engagement | Durability | Treatments | Certification/Grading

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Our Selection of Sapphires:

We are very proud of the natural sapphires that we offer at MySapphireSource. Since we are a small company, and since most of our sapphire rings are one of a kind and we maintain very high quality standards by hand picking each stone for its exceptional color, clarity, cut, and overall appearance.

For each sapphire that we do select, we literally reject hundreds of stones because they do not meet our higher quality standards. For example, as a general rule we reject sapphires that have any visible inclusions, color zoning, poor color, large windows, and sapphires that are too deep or too shallow. These lower quality stones are generally used by larger companies who need produce a larger volume of rings. So when you select a sapphire from MySapphireSource, you can be assured that you are purchasing one of the finest sapphires available.

Sapphires come in every color of the rainbow and we strive to offer a range of colors. The most popular colors of sapphire are blue, pink and yellow and within those colors, we offer a range of shades: from light to intense cornflower, to cobalt and rich blue, from baby pink to hot pink or magenta, and from pale banana yellow to lemon yellow or bright sunshine yellow. Color is such a personal choice and we want our customers to be able to find the color that they are drawn to most.

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Why Choose a Sapphire for an Engagement or Promise Ring?

Sapphires are truly special, available in nearly any color and cut, and offer an wonderful opportunity to create a unique, one of a kind engagement ring. Diamonds most often are much more expensive and not nearly as impressive as a gorgeous sapphire with the wonderful color that you love. The highest quality and most desirable and beautiful colors of sapphire are available at MySapphireSource. Our gorgeous eye-catching ring designs are very unique and many are available only through our website. There's a reason our tag line is 'Set Yourself Apart.'

Also, I bet you did not know that sapphires are more tough than diamonds and therefore more resistant to breaking and chipping! Read more under Durability below.

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Most people have heard that diamonds are the hardest gemstone and are harder than most things on the planet. Hardness is defined in the jewelry industry as resistance to scratching. So that means that almost nothing can scratch a diamond. And that is why a diamond is generally recommended as the top choice for an engagement ring stone.

But did you also know that while the hardness of a diamond is excellent, the toughness of diamonds is only fair to good ? Toughness is defined as resistance to breaking, chipping or cracking. In considering day to day wear and tear, this is a critical consideration. If hit just right, a diamond can easily break or chip. So that’s why we encourage consumers to consider various gemstones, particularly sapphire, when selecting an important ring that will be worn every day. Sapphires and rubies are the second hardest gemstone and have a toughness level of excellent (better than the toughness of a diamond). Sapphires are much less prone to breaking or chipping than a diamond .

Sapphires are very durable and ideal for everyday wear, much like diamonds. Gemstones are rated on their ability to withstand surface scratching using the Mohs Scale of Hardness. The only gem rated harder, more stable and more durable than a sapphire is a diamond. A diamond, as the hardest mineral known, receives a hardness rating of 10 and sapphires follow closely with a hardness rating of 9. Sapphires also have excellent durability, which means they are difficult to break or chip. And sapphires are not sensitive to heat, light, and chemicals.

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Heat Treatment of Natural Sapphires (Industry Accepted):

Approximately 99% of sapphires used in jewelry are heat treated. Heat treatment is an industry accepted standard practice and is used to improve color, clarity, and overall appearance of sapphires. This closely replicates natural process that may occur inside the Earth before a sapphire is mined. The heat treatment process is permanent and the sapphires require no special care as a result of the heating. The value of heated sapphires has increased over time in the same way that the value of unheated sapphires has increased. Since heat treatment is the industry standard treatment of sapphires and is permanent, heat treatment does not require disclosure. There are other treatments of sapphires, such as diffusion, which do require disclosure and do negatively affect the value of the sapphires. We do not purchase any sapphires with these alternate types of treatment. While most people select heated sapphires, MySapphireSource offers a beautiful selection of both heat treated and unheated (i.e., untreated) sapphires in our jewelry.

Treatments that are Not Standard (not Industry Accepted):

There are several treatments that are not industry accepted and that do diminish the value of the sapphire. These treatments include irradiation, filling, dying, introduction of beryllium, and of course, lab creation. MySapphireSource does not sell any sapphires with these treatments.

Unheated Sapphires (untreated):

A very small percentage of sapphires that are mined are cut into a finished gem without undergoing man-induced heat treatment. Unheated sapphires (also know as untreated sapphires) with exceptional clarity and color are very rare and generally command a premium in price. There is no visible difference in the appearance of a heated versus an unheated sapphire of the same color, cut and clarity. Customers who want to own a sapphire that is even more rare and feel that the rarity justifies the additional cost select unheated sapphires.

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Certification and Grading:

Every sapphire that we purchase is also tested in-house by our graduate gemologist to verify that it is a natural mined sapphire. With each sapphire that our customers purchase at $699 and above, we provide a Certificate of Authenticity, so you can have additional assurance that you are receiving a natural sapphire. The certificate, signed by our graduate gemologist, will be, in many cases, accepted by your insurance company as proof of your sapphires authenticity. An industry standardized grading scale for sapphires (or colored stones in general) does not exist. Though there are several testing agencies that provide detailed gem grading reports, they can vary quite a bit. We have adopted a clarity grading scale using terms that are commonly used in the jewelry industry, and all of our sapphires are given a clarity grade. Color is very subjective and plays an important factor in determining the quality and value of the sapphire. An experienced gem cutter will carefully facet each gem to bring out and showcase its color, clarity and brilliance in the best possible way. The faceting of gemstones is not fully standardized; therefore making grading non-standardized as well.

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