Irivne, California (PRWEB) June 29, 2013
Larson Jewelers (http://www.larsonjewelers.com), the leading destination for tungsten rings and wedding bands, has now become the leading destination for white sapphire engagement rings. Their new line of engagement rings features dazzling white sapphires, instead of plain white diamonds.
White gemstones, such as white sapphires or white topaz, have recently gained in popularity for use as the center stone on engagement rings, instead of white diamonds. These white gemstones are perfect substitutes for white diamonds because they are just as white as the whitest diamonds, and they are nearly as hard as diamonds are. These stones contain few impurities, which are often found in diamonds.
By now, couples are well aware of the issue of conflict diamonds. Although sapphires and other gemstones are not as widely affected as diamonds are, there are areas of the world where gemstones are mined under conditions that exploit workers. This is why the white sapphires in Larson’s engagement rings are made from the highest quality laboratory grown sapphires. Laboratory grown sapphires are exactly the same as mined sapphires. Chemically, they are made of the exact same materials. The only difference is they are not mined out of the ground, cause no environmental damage, and run no risk of coming from a country where workers are exploited.
Laboratory grown gemstones are a better value, because the quality of the stones is actually better than natural mined stones. This is because when sapphires are grown in a controlled environment, where engineers are able to make sure no impurities enter the process, and they can also make sure no color producing elements enter the stones, allowing them to produce completely colorless stones. Diamonds often have some amount of yellow color to them. Natural sapphires almost always have impurities that can be seen under 10 times magnification or even with the naked eye. Although it is rare to find completely flawless diamonds, it is even rarer to find completely flawless sapphires. In fact, it is because a created sapphire is too flawless, which allows gemologists to distinguish the difference between natural and created gemstones.
Diamond prices have grown dramatically over the last decade, due to increased demand, mainly from fast growing emerging markets, like India and China. Ten years ago, most Americans could buy a 1.0 carat diamond engagement ring of average quality for about $4,000. Today that same engagement ring will cost about $7,000. This means many future brides have needed to lower their expectations and are reluctantly coming to terms with the fact that they will be receiving a ring with a 0.50 carat to 0.75 carat center stone. Using sapphires or other gemstones reduces the cost, allow brides to have larger stone settings, and even add color to their engagement rings. Many women these days, want to have a glamorous looking engagement ring like the stars do, but aren’t able to because of the price point. So, by using white sapphires, they are able to achieve the look they want and are not limited by small diamonds.” said Vanessa LeBeau, Marketing and Merchandising Manager for Larson Jewelers. With all these advantages, it is no wonder many famous couples are opting for a sapphire engagement rings these days.
LarsonJewelers.com specializes in unique wedding bands and now offers unique engagement rings. To learn more about our new line of blue sapphire engagement rings, please visit: http://www.larsonjewelers.com/c-81-white-sapphire-engagement-rings.aspx.