Are you trying to buy a sapphire engagement ring, but your significant other isn’t a fan of the colour blue? Don’t worry, there are many alternatives available, with yellow sapphire engagement rings being our next recommendation. Yellow sapphires, much like their more common blue counterparts, are derived from corundum with their colour forming from the concentration of certain minerals. In the case of yellow sapphires, their colour comes from a heightened amount of iron. Also like blue sapphires, yellow sapphires come in a wide variety of shades and hues.
How can you tell a good yellow sapphire?
While the quality of a yellow sapphire is entirely subjective and dependent on the personal preference of the one receiving the engagement ring, there are certain factors that will affect the price of the gem:
- The shade of yellow. Typically, the brighter and purer the yellow colour is, the more valuable the yellow sapphire is evaluated to be.
- The clarity of the gem. While no imperfections can be a sign of the gem being fake, it’s also an indicator for a good quality yellow sapphire.
- The cut of the gem. For yellow sapphires, particularly bright yellow sapphires, its ability to reflect light is important, as a gem that isn’t cut properly can look dull and lifeless.
- Whether or not the gem has been subjected to heat treatment. While heat treatment can accentuate the colours of the sapphire, it also reduces the price.
Do yellow sapphires fade?
Yellow sapphires that have been colour-enhanced by low-level radiation, be it from within the Earth or artificially induced within a lab, have their colours enhanced. However they may become subject to colour fading over time, particularly with exposure to heat and light. It is important to consult your jeweller when making a purchase to make sure they do not sell irradiated gems.
Which stone can be worn with yellow sapphire?
Any gems can be worn alongside yellow sapphire, depending on the preference of the wearer. However, diamonds are the most complementary, given their neutral colouring. When combined, the muted diamonds accentuate the saturated yellow colour of the sapphire. Other kinds of gemstones, particularly those with stronger hues, can clash with the yellow sapphire and diminish its aesthetic appeal.
Do yellow sapphires look better with white or yellow gold?
The answer to this question depends on the intent of the wearer. A deeper, more saturated yellow creates a striking contrast when paired with white gold, but it also blends nicely with yellow gold. By comparison; brighter, paler sapphires blend nicely with silver tone alloys. However, yellow gold can visually overpower paler gemstones. As a result, it’s important to visually survey the engagement ring before you commit to buying it.
Who wears yellow sapphire?
Yellow sapphires are worn typically as a low-cost alternative to yellow diamonds, as they share a similar enough appearance. While yellow diamonds are more durable, they command a much higher price-tag that makes them less accessible. Yellow sapphires are not only a less expensive option, but they are a very unique style of gemstone that makes for the perfect personalised engagement ring.
Why yellow sapphire engagement rings are the right choice for you
There are many reasons why a yellow sapphire engagement ring may be the right choice for you. Reasons include (but are not limited to):
- If your fiance has a preference for the colour yellow. What better way to express that than with a beautiful and evocative piece of finely crafted jewellery?
- If your budget isn’t particularly high, but you want a gemstone akin to a yellow diamond.
- If you want an engagement ring that is unconventional and unique.
- If you want a gemstone that will perfectly complement a gold band.
Are yellow sapphires expensive?
Yellow sapphires are typically cheaper than other gemstones. As previously mentioned, the cost of a yellow sapphire engagement ring predicates on several factors, including:
- The size and weight of the gem.
- The saturation and hue of the gem.
- The cut and clarity of the gem.
- The alloy that comprises the wedding band.
- Any secondary gemstones that accompany the yellow sapphire.
- Any heat treatment or irradiation that has affected the gem.
While not a common gemstone for engagement rings, yellow sapphires are versatile, with many different variations to suit any budget.
Are yellow sapphires more expensive than blue?
Blue sapphires are typically more expensive than yellow sapphires due to being in much higher demand. Contrary to popular belief, this is not an indicator of quality. The only tangible difference between yellow and blue sapphires is that the yellow sapphire has a higher concentration of iron resulting in its different colour. While many express a preference for the blue sapphire because it’s a more traditional gemstone, there is nothing to suggest that a yellow sapphire is inherently worse for an engagement ring.
What makes our collection of yellow sapphires different?
At Holdsworth Bros. Jewellers, we do more than simply sell yellow sapphire engagement rings. We cultivate your creative process, allowing you to design the ideal custom yellow sapphire engagement ring to suit your perfect proposal.
Simply show us your ideas and we will work with you to adapt them into a design that meets all of your needs, consulting you every step of the way. You’ll receive your perfect custom engagement ring as well as all of the documents that certify its legitimacy. On top of that, you’ll also receive an additional free check and clean. We know that an engagement ring might as well be as much of a commitment as the engagement itself, and we want yours to be just as special.
What to look for in a yellow sapphire engagement ring
In addition to the usual factors that determine a yellow sapphire engagement ring’s value i.e. the size, shape, clarity, hue, saturation, etc. it is also important to determine any signs that the gemstone may be fake.
Of course, you can avoid this by purchasing from a reputable jeweller such as Holdsworth Bros. who have been in the business since 1884. But, if you are still unsure, there are methods such as:
- Breathing on the sapphire and note how long it takes for the ensuing fog to dissipate. Natural gems take 1-2 seconds to clear up, whereas fakes take about 5 seconds.
- Checking for air bubbles inside of the sapphire, as fake sapphires tend to be made from glass in which air packets are able to form.
- Observing how light reflects from the sapphire, as real sapphires will only reflect light that shares its exact colour, whereas fakes will reflect any and all light.
Where to buy a yellow sapphire engagement ring
At Holdsworth Bros. Jewellers, we stock high quality yellow sapphire engagement rings. Contact us so we can help you find the ideal engagement ring for your perfect proposal.