Many people are not aware that Sapphire and Ruby are actually the same mineral, Corundum. Corundum comes in pretty much any color of the rainbow due to various trace elements and coloring agents. When it is red, we call it Ruby, when it is any other color we call it Sapphire. Most people think of the color blue when they hear Sapphire, but Sapphire can be pink, yellow, green, purple or any color really. However, the other reason that the various hues of Corundum are popular for engagement rings is their durability. Corundum is second only to Diamond on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Which makes it a very durable stone for bridal jewelry that is typical worn everyday. Other fine colored gemstones such as Emerald, Topaz, Aquamarine etc. are very appealing, but much softer. When worn everyday these stones could easily be damaged, and are therefore better left to fashion pieces that are worn for special occasions.
Here at Sydney Rosen we are specialists not only in Diamonds, but in Sapphire and Ruby jewelry as well. Our website has a page dedicated to rings with Ruby and Sapphire side stones. However, you can always contact us directly to discuss larger stones for engagement rings.