The leading tungsten rings retailer, Larson Jewelers, announces they now carry blue sapphire engagement rings.

IRVINE, June 25, 2013 – Larson Jewelers (http://www.larsonjewelers.com), the leading destination for tungsten rings and wedding bands, has now launched a blue sapphire engagement rings line.  This new line of engagement rings features beautiful blue sapphires instead of plain white diamonds.

Colored gemstones, such as blue sapphires, have recently gained in popularity for use as the center stone on engagement rings, instead of white diamonds.  Probably the most recent example of its growing acceptance for use in engagement rings is when Prince William gave Princess Kate a blue sapphire engagement ring.  There are now many jewelers who are selling replicas of her engagement ring.

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 blue 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 are 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 environment that the sapphires are growing in, and they can make sure the right amount of color producing elements enter the stones to produce the best color quality, equivalent to the highest qualities found in nature.  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, that gemologists are able to tell the difference between natural and created gemstones.” said Vanessa LeBeau, Marketing and Merchandising Manager for Larson Jewelers.

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 lowered their expectations and are reluctantly accepting 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.  With all these advantages, it is no wonder many famous couples are opting for a non-diamond engagement rings these days.

About LarsonJewelers.com:
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-80-blue-sapphire-engagement-rings.aspx

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