Should I Choose White Sapphires or Diamonds for My Engagement Ring?

Diamonds are by far the most popular option for engagement rings and wedding bands. After all, these priceless gifts of nature are the perfect representation of lasting love. Some brides and grooms have begun searching for economical alternatives, but it’s important to consider all the variables before determining if the initial savings is worth the long term consequences. We, at Royal Design Fine Jewelry, are excited to offer the world’s most stunning and luxurious diamond accessories for clients in Atlanta, Georgia and throughout the country. Are you trying to decide between a white sapphire or diamond for your engagement ring? Here are just a few of the differences between the two stones that buyers should be aware of before making a final decision. 

Scratch Resistance

White sapphires score a 9 on the Mohs scale for mineral hardness. While this is better than other popular gemstones like opal, topaz and emerald, it is still no match for diamonds. In fact, diamonds top the Mohs scale with a score of 10. Since diamonds can only be scratched by another diamond, it makes them incredibly resiliant. Unfortunately, other materials that score a 9 or higher can scratch the surface of white sapphires. Examples include other varieties of sapphires, rubies, tungsten, titanium, and some forms of steel and alloy metals. 


The clarity and reflectivity of diamonds are unmatched. If shimmer and shine is what you want from your wedding ring, then a white sapphire simply won’t deliver. Over time, exposure to frequent wear and tear will diminish the clarity of a white sapphire and can eventually make them appear dirty or cloudy. Diamonds on the other hand will provide a lasting brilliance that requires less maintenance over the years. 

Long Term Value 

The incredible benefits of diamonds combined with its rarity, makes it an extremely valuable material. Diamonds also remain a popular stone for all luxury jewelry, which means that there will always be a market for beautifully designed items that contain gems with exceptional clarity, cut and color. White sapphires are rarer than the conventional blue toned variety, but they are much more abundant than diamonds. This fact alone will automatically reduce the value of a white sapphire engagement ring, and fluctuations in the market may have a stronger effect on its value over time.  Therefore, if value truly is an important factor in your purchasing decisions, then choosing a diamond will help increase the chances that your ring will retain its worth in the future.

Are You Searching for a Sapphire or Diamond Engagement Ring in Atlanta, GA? Visit Our Location

Is it almost time to walk down the aisle? Then visit Royal Design Fine Jewelry in Atlanta, Georgia today. Our experienced jewelers are always ready to help couples find the perfect treasure to symbolize their union. We also offer a wide range of services including resizing, custom jewelry designs, rhodium plating and more. Visit our store in person or browse our online inventory from the comfort of your smart phone, tablet or computer. 

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