White Sapphires: Untouched. Unspoiled. All Precious.
While more and more people are becoming aware of the "false scarcity tactics" being employed by the diamond cartels just to "artificially" push the value of diamonds up, and more jewelry buyers are getting educated on the less than savory (and oftentimes, bloody) journey that genuine mined diamonds make from under the troubled mines of Africa, to the opulent and lavish jewelry stores where they are displayed and sold for a premium...
...More and more diamond alternatives are finding their way to a steadily increasing share in the jewelry market.
In recent years, semi-precious stones such as moissanites and even diamond simulants such as cubic zirconia have slowly established their own footholds in the jewelry market, what with their close similarity to real flawless diamonds and relatively low price.
Moreover, diamond alternative precious stones are also getting a steadily increasing number of avid followers.
And right on top of these diamond alternative precious stones are white sapphires.
Sapphires are corundum gemstones along with rubies. Corundum is an aluminum oxide that commonly forms barrel-shaped prisms that taper at both ends. Although naturally colorless, trace metal elements can be found in its structure, thus giving it different colors.
Traces of iron, titanium, vanadium and chromium, give sapphires a wide array of colors, ranging from the most precious padparadscha which has an orange-pink hue, pink sapphires, yellow sapphires and the more common blue and green sapphires.
When corundum crystallizes untouched by trace elements, it retains its colorless and transparent nature, thus we have white sapphires.
In this regard, white sapphires are actually more rare than its colored counterparts. And these colorless white sapphires are excellent diamond alternatives - and rightfully so, because white sapphires, unlike moissanites and cubic zirconia, are considered precious gemstones, albeit, without the exorbitant price tags.
White sapphires rank #9 in the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness. They're second only to diamonds (ranked #10), so these stones are actually very durable and relatively resistant to scratches, breaking and chipping.
Colorwise, white sapphires do not have the sparkle, brilliance and fire of diamonds (unlike moissanites and cubic zirconia). In fact, when viewed side by side with genuine flawless diamonds, white sapphires appear milky or cloudy. This may come as both an advantage and disadvantage, because while genuine diamonds may be "mistaken" as moissanites or cubic zirconia because of their close visual similarity, white sapphires do not share this tendency to be mistaken as a gemstone simulant.
There is a growing number of people who prefer white sapphires, seeing its seemingly "dull" color as "subtly elegant and classy".
Perhaps the one of the biggest advantages of white sapphires is the fact that despite its being known as a diamond alternative, it is, by all means, a precious stone in its own right, but without the expensive price. White sapphires, especially when set with high quality precious metals, such as are available at WhiteSapphire.com are in all counts valuable treasures worthy to be treasured and even passed on as family heirlooms.
Gemstone purists can no longer feel embarrassed or ashamed for not wearing genuine diamonds, because with white sapphire jewelry,they can hold their heads high with the full knowledge that they’re still wearing genuine precious stones.
So if you're looking for a diamond alternative and you want the prestige of actually wearing a precious gemstone, look no further than WhiteSapphire.com white sapphires.
- whitesapphire Admin