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Green sapphire engagement rings

Verdurous hues of green

The colour green is has long been associated with feelings of positivity, nature and an air of "freshness". Presented below is a selection of green sapphire engagement rings that have been created previously. From subtle pastel hues to more vivid bold colours, each tiny detail will be tailored to your story.

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Colour Palette

Varying hues of green

Green sapphires can vary significantly in their hue caused in the most part by the presence of iron in their formation (through a process of intervalence charge). The more concentrated the trace element in the gemstones formation the darker the colour or saturation of gem. 

Typically the darkest colour green sapphires (which in some cases can appear near black) are found in Australia. In contrast, green sapphires from South Africa we typically expect to be paler and softer in colour.

The use of colour can be a key component within any green sapphire engagement ring design but must be used carefully to ensure it is complimentary as opposed to overwhelming. For this reason pastel and watery green colours are often preferred for smaller side stones and fine detailing.

River mine in Ratnapura region

Geological mapping

The origins of green sapphires

Whilst found in a variety of locations, the most notable sources of green sapphires include; Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Madagascar. As referenced above, the appearance of a gemstone will vary greatly with geography. Typically we would expect Australian green sapphires to be darker in colour whilst those found in Sri Lanka or South Africa tend to be paler in colour.

Green sapphires are typically found in alluvial deposits and are therefore seldom the primary mineral being mined. Consequently they are most often found at smaller artisan mines, where no one stone is being saught after. These mines operate in a lower impact way than larger scale mines and the sourcing of such stones is mines often based on more speculative sifting sifting of gravel in the hope of unearthing one of many gemstone types.

Our expedition to Sri Lanka, one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to sustainable mining practices, provides a rich insight in to the ways in which sapphires can be sourced.

Sri Lanka Expedition 2022


Design inspiration

The first step in our design process is always to learn more about your individual (or combined) tastes and inspirations.

The way we work (and what we enjoy) is building a deep understanding of our clients individual desires. The more touch points we can have and the deeper the understanding we can build 

We highly recommend taking time to tune in to the colours and styles of designs you are naturally drawn to. We will likely ask for ideas and references early on in the process, so this initial research is a helpful place to start.

Often it is easier to identify those you don't like than those you do; be it watery pastel colours or vivid and lively hues.

Gemstone Traders - Rough Sapphire Traders

Design Considerations

Design considerations within a green sapphire engagement ring

With an ethos of stone led design, we firmly believe that to create a perfectly formed piece of jewellery, every facet of a piece must be tailored to suit the given diamonds or gemstones. Creating an engagement ring featuring green sapphires is no different.

  • The use of colour is a wondrous way of adding a personal meaning to any design. However we are exceptionally careful in how it is used, as to ensure designs maintain an elegant and sophisticated feel.
  • They eye is naturally drawn to colour, the stronger the colour (in brightness, darkness or saturation) the more prominent this will be.
  • Typically any given design will have a focal point. Most often (but not always) this will be at the centre of the ring often known as the "feature" diamond or gemstone.
  • As we want the eye to see the feature stone first (as the focal point) it is possible to use a green sapphire of any hue or saturation as the centre stone. The eye will naturally be drawn to this first and the options to craft the design around it are endless, be it a tapering transition, organic cluster of minimalist band.
  • Where green sapphires (or any coloured stone) need to be selected with the utmost care is when they are used in transition or as adorning decorative stones (i.e. side stones). For this we would strongly recommend the use of more watery pastel colours.
  • If a strong colour is selective for the use as a side stone or in a transition, the eye will naturally be drawn to this first, throwing the design off balance and taking the attention away from the focal point.
  • The only instance where this may not be the case is in more design led pieces or where exceptionally large or striking feature stones are selected that can more than carry themselves.
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The chemistry of green sapphire fluorescence

Unlike in diamonds (although a topic that requires a far deeper understanding so we wrote an article on it linked below) fluoresce in sapphires, and other gemstones for that matter, is not seen as a determining factor in a gemstones perceived quality. However because we are fascinated by the science of nature it's always interesting to know more....

Sapphires typically fluoresce in a wider variety of colours compared to diamonds; including blue, yellow, green and orange. Similarly to diamonds the causes of fluorescence in sapphires is linked to trace elements and the presence of transition metals.

In sapphires, Chromium and Iron are they key trace elements responsible for causing fluorescence. Chromium imparts red fluorescence, while iron can produce blue and green fluorescence in certain sapphires. In some cases, the presence of too much iron will quench fluoresence. The specific hues and intensity of fluorescence depend on the concentration of these trace elements and their interaction with UV light.

Learn about fluorescence
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