Although blue sapphires are the most coveted, the gem comes in a variety of colors, including gray, black, and the colorless white sapphire. Several countries around the world produce sapphires, including Australia, Thailand, China, Madagascar, and the United States. White sapphires are rare and completely colorless; they look very similar to a diamond. They are beautiful, durable, and more affordable than diamonds, making them a great gem choice for many jewelry designs.
White Sapphires vs. Diamonds
White sapphires and diamonds have several similarities. They are both rare, valuable, and beautiful stones. However, the price difference between the two gems is substantial because of several significant differences:
While the value of a diamond relates to its shine, brilliance, and durability, the value of a sapphire typically relates to its color, although white sapphires have no color. The best way to compare the two gems is to look at them side by side.
White Sapphire Rating System
Jewelers grade white sapphires on a scale similar to the one they use for diamonds; one mainly based on appearance. The Triple A rating system gives a score of AAA to the highest quality sapphires. Only the top 10 percent of sapphires receive an AAA rating. These sapphires are whiter and brighter than most are.
Benefits of a White Sapphire
White sapphire rings are beautiful, durable, and less expensive than diamond rings are. This makes them a more affordable ring option. Some couples may select a white sapphire gem for their engagement or wedding ring, waiting to buy a diamond ring later, when they can better afford it. Sapphires come in nearly every shape and size, making it easy to fit them into a variety of settings.
By nature, sapphires are hard and scratch resistant, making them very durable. On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, a sapphire is nine, making it the second hardest gemstone. The only one harder is a diamond, which scores a 10.
Other Types of Sapphires
The corundum family of gems includes three varieties: sapphires, padparadscha, and rubies. Rubies have a red or pink shade; padparadscha is the pink and orange variety. Sapphires come in nearly every shade under the rainbow, but the most popular is blue. The color of each gem develops from the existence of different trace elements. White sapphires are the least expensive of the sapphire family. They cost less than yellow, pink, and blue sapphires, even though they are the rarest. The highest demand is for the blue sapphire, making it the most expensive corundum.
Several different companies produced synthetic sapphires. The color and appearances of these sapphires are not as consistent as the natural stones are. They do not look the same as a natural white sapphire and they are less durable; yet, they are no less expensive.
White Sapphire Settings
If you choose a white sapphire, select a setting that makes the stone stand out. Yellow or rose gold settings are the best backdrop for a white sapphire stone. The contrasting color makes the sapphire stone stand out more and brings out the beauty of the setting itself. If you want a white gold setting, a colored sapphire creates a beautiful combination.