Since the engagement of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the classic diamond engagement ring look has been replaced by the elegant blue sapphire. A favorite of royalty, this gemstone reportedly contains special powers, and is considered a symbol of sincerity and truth. There is no doubt that sapphires hold a beauty and sophistication unparalleled by other gemstones. What makes sapphires so unique? How can we achieve this pricey look for less? Emitations has gathered amazing imitation sapphires that will make you look like you belong in a palace!
Sapphires fall into the corundum family of gemstones. Corundum (a gemstone term form aluminum and oxygen) is second only to diamond in hardness, and sapphires are the birthstone for the month of September. Sapphires are naturally found in over 20 countries around the world, including the United States.
While most people associate sapphires with the color blue, real sapphires are available in a rainbow of colors. Natural blue sapphires range in color from pale to dark blue, bluish green, and violet blue, but sapphires also come in yellow, brown, reddish orange, opaque black and pink - every color except for red. Red corundum is called a ruby. Gemologists typically prefer a blue sapphire with a darker, deeper tone, because in lighter tones the natural inclusions are more noticeable. Generally, the clearer and more vivid the color, the more valuable the sapphire.
If you’re looking for a quality imitation blue sapphire, try to get the color closest to the real deal. Good faux blue sapphires are a deep saturated blue or violet-blue with a even tone. Lighter blue imitation sapphires can be just as lovely, if properly made. Gem experts believe that darker stones in a rich deep blue look more believable than their paler counterparts.
Quality faux sapphires have the same look as natural sapphires, but there are a few subtle differences:
- A naturally produced sapphire will have some flaws in it. A synthetically produced one will not have defined flaws or inclusions
- The color of a fake sapphire will be more uniform than the irregular color of a natural sapphire
- Fake sapphires cost significantly less than their natural counterpart, making them an affordable luxury accessory
Buyer beware! Not all companies have high standards when it comes to selling fake sapphires. Here’s a few warning signs that may tell you to look elsewhere for your faux blue bauble:
- A fake or lab created sapphire that looks too light, clear or pure (like blue glass)
- Shades of gray and/or brown in a blue sapphire
- Defined cracks or inclusions very obvious to the naked eye
At Emitations, we pride ourselves in providing our discerning customers with the finest collection of faux sapphire jewelry available. We scour the world for the highest quality imitation stones, so you can achieve a royal blue jewelry look for less!