What to Know Before Getting a Sapphire Engagement Ring?

Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019 at 4:50 pm by Debbie

Whether you're considering a sapphire engagement ring, or simply a sapphire ring, you're making a great choice! Sapphires have many great qualities:

  • Sapphires are very durable, so while they do scratch and can chip, you'll probably get many years of wear. Eventually, you may notice some scratches, and you can always have your sapphire resurfaced.
  • Sapphires come in a rainbow of colors and hues! If you want a blue sapphire, there are many shades of blue, from light blue to deep blue sapphires. Some blue sapphires have tones of grey, brown, green, or purple. There are so many to select from and each is individual!

  • Sapphire engagement rings are unique. So even if you select a traditional engagement ring style, putting a sapphire in the center, or even using sapphires for side stones, makes your engagement ring unique.

Cost of sapphire engagement rings

There are several factors that affect the cost of the sapphire center gemstone in your engagement ring. Of course, the size affects the price and is one of the most important factors in determining the price. Apart from the size, look at:

  • Sapphire shape
  • Sapphire color
  • Sapphire inclusions
  • Unheated with a report

Sapphire shape

Sapphires can be cut to any shape, but cutting an elongated cushion or oval sapphire most closely follows the shape of the sapphire rough. There's less waste and therefore, all other factors being equal, an elongated cushion or oval sapphire usually costs less. A round sapphire will cost more, since cutting the round wastes more of the sapphire rough.

Sapphire Color

Apart from size, color is the most important factor for most people, and will also make a significant difference in price. Look for:

  • Vibrancy - the more vibrant and intense the color is, generally the more it costs. But the price drops off quickly when the color gets too dark.

  • Hue - Many sapphires have an undertone of grey or brown that makes the color less pure. Depending upon the amount of undertone, especially with blue sapphires, the price can drop dramatically.

  • Color zoning - Color zoning is when a portion of the sapphire has one color and the rest of it has a different color, often clear. Sapphires with color zoning will cost less, depending upon where the color zoning is and how it affects the beauty of the sapphire. Many sapphires with color zoning will be cut to minimize the impact when you are looking straight down at it, but be sure to look at your sapphire from different angles before you purchase it!


While sapphire inclusions affect the sapphire's value, as long as they are moderate and your sapphire isn't very light in color or white, they won't affect the beauty of the gemstone. Therefore sapphire inclusions have a smaller impact on price. But if the inclusions are large and in an obvious place, then the price will decrease. Sometimes the inclusions aren't as visible from the top view but move your head to the side and they can be quite noticeable (like when your friends are looking at the ring!).

Unheated with a Report

The vast majority of sapphires, and in fact the majority of all gemstones, have been heated to bring out their color. This treatment is permanent and goes all the way through the sapphire. So it will not wear off over time, and if you scratch or chip your sapphire and need to have it repaired, the sapphire will be the same color as before the repair.

Unheated sapphires must have provenance and be reported. Beautiful rich colors, like the popular blue sapphires, are much more rare when not heat treated. So expect a significant premium for your desired color, the provenance and the report.

As you can see, there are many factors that affect sapphire cost, and things to watch out for. At Fox Fine Jewelry, we have Certified Gemologists and an AGS Certified staff to help guide and educate you along your journey. Please contact us so we can help you!