Irvine, California (PRWEB) July 31, 2013
Larson Jewelers (http://www.larsonjewelers.com), the leading destination for tungsten rings and wedding bands, has now become the leading destination for pink sapphire engagement rings. Their new line of engagement rings features pretty pink sapphires, instead of plain white diamonds.
Color gemstones, such as pink sapphires, have recently gained in popularity for use as the center stone on engagement rings, instead of white diamonds. These colored gemstones are perfect for adding character to engagement rings, and they are nearly as hard as diamonds are. These stones also 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 pink 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. Physically, 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 sapphires are grown in a controlled environment, allowing engineers to make sure no impurities enter the process, and they can also make sure the right amount of color producing elements enter the stones, allowing them to produce perfectly pink stones. 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, because a created sapphire is too flawless, that is how a gemologist is able 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 are not able to because of the price point. “By using laboratory grown sapphires, they are able to achieve the look they want, and are not limited by smaller more expensive stones.” 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 pink sapphire engagement ring these days.
LarsonJewelers.com specializes in unique wedding bands and now offers unique engagement rings. To learn more about our new line of pink sapphire engagement rings, please visit: http://www.larsonjewelers.com/c-79-pink-sapphire-engagement-rings.aspx