Sapphire Vs Emerald: Which Gem Will You Choose?

Both these gems feature on crown jewels, both flaunt enviable beauty, and both can come with staggering price tags. It would be a dream to own the sapphire and emerald; but if you could pick only one, what will you choose?

Check out our comparative analysis to ease the confusion.


Good to Know: As mentioned above, even good quality emeralds tend to have inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. These flaws have a grass-like appearance and are therefore referred to as ‘jardin’, which translates to ‘garden’ in French. This is almost an inevitable part of an emerald’s nature and should be seen as a beautiful characteristic. That said, the presence of inclusions/flaws does negatively impact its hardness, leaving this gem more susceptible to damage. Therefore one needs to ensure that an emerald is always protected from rough impact and even swift changes in temperature.

Verdict: Flawless emeralds and sapphires do exist, but they’re extremely rare and come with jaw-dropping price tags. With a sapphire, however, you get the option to choose from a variety of beautiful colors. Blue and salmon (padparadscha sapphire) are the most popular hues; hence they’re the most expensive. But you can also take your pick from other colors such as pink, yellow and green. The last two, especially, are much more affordable in comparison to the other hues.

Another factor that works in the favor of sapphires is their hardness. With a rating of 9 on Mohs scale, this gem comes second only to diamonds in terms of strength and durability. This is one of the reasons why it is frequently chosen for engagement and wedding jewelry.

In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. But no matter what you choose, both emerald and sapphire will be priceless treasures that you will forever cherish.

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