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White Sapphire vs Diamond: What You Need to Know

As a custom jeweller, Emily Gill, EG Bespoke is often asked about the major differences between white sapphire and diamond. Both gems are popular choices for engagement rings and other pieces of jewellery, but which one is right for you? In this article, we will discuss the key differences between white sapphire vs diamond so that you can make an informed decision.


The Romantic Lure of Sapphires

Sapphires have been coveted by royalty and romantics throughout the ages for their stunning blue hue. Today, this September birthstone is more popular than ever. If you're considering adding a sapphire to your jewelry collection, read on to learn more about this beautiful stone.

Sapphires belong to the mineral corundum family, which also includes rubies. They are distinguished from rubies by their often blue color, which is caused by trace elements of iron and titanium in their chemical makeup. Sapphires come in a wide range of colors, from the deep blue of midnight skies to lighter shades of blue, teal sapphire, green, orange, pink, and yellow like a summer's day.

You may be interested to read our article: Sapphire: A Rainbow of Colors to Choose From

Sapphire a rainbow of colors

Sapphires have a long history of being associated with royalty and romance. In ancient times, people believed that the world was set upon a giant sapphire, making the stone a symbol of heaven on Earth. Sapphire was also thought to be a gift from the gods and was associated with strength, power, and wisdom. 

For centuries, sapphires have been symbols of fidelity and romance. In medieval Europe, it was believed that the stone would darken if its wearer was unfaithful. In more recent times, Prince Charles (now King Charles III), gave Lady Diana a sapphire engagement ring, and later Kate Middleton (now Princess of Wales) wears the same ring when she became engaged to Prince William (now Prince of Wales).

Sapphires are the second hardest gemstones, making them durable enough for everyday wear but special enough for formal occasions. They are one of the most versatile gemstones around. Whether you're looking for a ring, a pair of earrings, or a statement necklace, sapphires add instant glamour to any look. 


White Sapphire vs Diamond

When it comes to choosing the right stone for a ring or other pieces of jewelry, it can be hard to decide between a diamond and a white sapphire. Both stones are beautiful and have their own unique benefits.

To help you make a decision, we've put together a comparison of white sapphires and diamonds so you can identify the key differences between these two popular stones.



One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a stone for your jewelry is durability. After all, you want your ring or necklace to last a lifetime!

In this category, diamonds are the clear winner. Diamonds are the hardest known substance on earth, meaning they're highly resistant to scratching, chipping, and breaking. Diamonds rank 10 on the Moh's scale for hardness, out of a scale of 10.

White sapphires are also durable, ranking just slightly less than diamonds. Sapphires rank 9 on the Mohs scale for hardness meaning they can be scratched or chipped, slightly easier than diamonds.

However, both diamonds and sapphires are much harder than other popular jewelry stones like rubies, emeralds, and opals.

White sapphire engagement rings and diamond engagement rings are the most popular because of their durability to be worn every day.



The cost of diamonds and white sapphires can vary widely depending on the quality of the stone.

In general, diamonds tend to be more expensive than white sapphires—but not always. For example, low-quality diamonds may actually be less expensive than high-quality white sapphires.

It's all about finding the right stone for you! If cost is a major factor in your decision-making process, be sure to work with a reputable jeweler who can help you find the best value for your budget.

You may be interested to have a look at our loose diamonds or our loose sapphires to make some cost comparisons yourself



When it comes to appearance, both diamonds and white sapphires are absolutely stunning. That said, there are some key differences between these two stones.

One of the most notable differences is that diamonds tend to have more "fire" than white sapphires. This means that they disperse light into all the colors of the rainbow (when viewed from different angles), while white sapphires tend to emit more of a blueish light.

Another difference is that diamonds tend to be cut into shapes that maximize their "fire," while white sapphires are usually cut into shapes that emphasize their color (since they don't have as much "fire" as diamonds).

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference when deciding between these two stones! 


White Sapphire Engagement Rings - A Symbol of Purity and Strength

In a world where people are increasingly interested in unique experiences and expressing their individuality, it's no surprise that engagement rings are becoming more diverse.

While diamond rings are still the most popular choice, more and more couples are opting for alternative gemstone rings, with white sapphire being a top pick.

But what does it mean to give a white sapphire engagement ring? And why are they so popular with young professionals today? 


The Meaning Behind White Sapphires

White sapphires have long been associated with purity and strength. In many cultures, they were even thought to have protective powers. Making them popular for any occasion, not only engagement rings.

Today, white sapphires are seen as a symbol of these same qualities. They are often given as an expression of commitment and everlasting love. 


What Makes Them So Popular?

Aside from their meaning, white sapphires are also popular because of their physical properties. White sapphires are extremely durable, making them ideal for everyday wear. They are also very versatile, complementing any skin tone and style. Whether you're looking for a classic solitaire or something more unique, there's sure to be a gemstone that's perfect for you. 

Have a look at Emily Gill's Collection of White Sapphire Loose Gems

When considering gifting, or proposing with, a gemstone ring, white sapphire is a great option. Not only is it beautiful and unique, but it also has deep meaning and symbolism. If you're looking for an engagement ring that will stand the test of time both physically and emotionally, a white sapphire ring is the perfect choice.


The Many Reasons Why Natural Diamonds are So Popular

A diamond is a beautiful thing. They have been used for centuries as a way to show wealth, power, and love. Today, they are still very popular.

In fact, they are more popular than ever before. But why? What is it about diamonds that make them so special? Let's take a closer look at the many reasons why natural diamonds are so popular. 


What Makes Them So Popular?

First and foremost, diamonds are popular because of their beauty. There is no denying that diamonds are stunning. They have a brilliance and fire that other gemstones just cannot match. When you see a diamond, it is impossible not to be impressed. 


The Meaning Behind Diamonds

But diamonds are not just popular because of their physical beauty. They also have a lot of emotional appeal. Diamonds are often seen as a symbol of eternal love. They are given as engagement rings and anniversary gifts to celebrate the most important relationships in our lives. They represent the strength and endurance of our bonds with the people we love. 

Another reason why diamonds are so popular is that they are rare. Diamonds are created deep underground over millions of years. They are formed when carbon-bearing materials are subjected to extreme heat and pressure. This process is so rare that there are only a handful of diamond mining places in the world where diamonds can be found. 


The 4 Cs of Diamonds 

Diamonds are judged using the "Four Cs": carat, clarity, color, and cut.

CARAT WEIGHT is how a diamond is measured, it's the size of the diamond.

CLARITY is how many blemishes or inclusions it has. It's judged on a 6-point scale from included to flawless.

COLOR GRADES are judged on a scale from D (no hue) colorless diamonds to Z (a yellow-hued diamond).

CUT is how well ideal angles have been executed to reflect light and includes the height, depth, angles, and other factors. 


The rarity and sparkle of mined diamonds makes them valuable both emotionally and financially.

Emotionally, they represent something special and unique - something that cannot be easily replaced.

Financially, they can be worth a lot of money. In fact, diamonds are one of the most valuable commodities in the world. 


So there you have it!

There are many reasons why diamonds are so popular. They are beautiful, rare, and have a lot of emotional appeal. If you have ever thought about buying a diamond, then now is the time to do it!



A Word from the Designer, Emily Gill, About the Custom Design Process

"Buying a bespoke ring is a fun experience of designing a special piece from start to finish! I promise it’s not as hard as you think, and so many people say that I make it easy and stress free! You may have some ideas of your dream ring and need help putting together the pieces."


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White Sapphire vs Diamond


Sapphires are more than just pretty stones; they're steeped in history and romance. If you're considering adding one to your jewelry collection, now is the perfect time!

This precious stone comes in a wide range of sparkle, colors, and styles to suit any taste, making them one of the most versatile gemstones around.

Whether you're looking for an elegant engagement ring with a subtle glow or a pair of sparkly earrings, colored sapphires are sure to add instant glamour to your look.



When you give a diamond engagement ring, you're giving a piece of history. Diamonds are some of the oldest rocks on Earth. They're more valuable than any other gemstone.

When it comes to rings, engagement or otherwise, people want a ring that's going to last forever. And that's another reason why diamonds are so popular, they're extremely durable. Not only can they withstand everyday wear and tear, but they can also stand up to almost any type of damage. 

A diamond is incredibly valuable and popular because of its hardness and durability. Thanks to the "Four Cs", you can be sure to find the perfect natural diamond for you.

In the end, white sapphire vs diamond is purely a personal choice. You won't go wrong gifting yourself or a loved one with either of these beautiful colorless choices. Of course, if you want a splash of color have a look at the rainbow of colors you can get, even ready-made, at our online store.


Visit Our Online Store

Have a good look around our online store. We have some wonderful ready-made choices (all custom made by Emily, with a story), the perfect engagement ring, or bespoke ring just for you, is yours to be found!

Or, Reach out to us at EG Bespoke, to start the custom creation process to design the ring of your dreams.

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