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Want to know what’s red hot? Green. We’re noticing a clear rise in the number of people looking for green sapphire engagement rings. Let’s take a look at the differences between shades of green sapphires as well as important tips to keep in mind if you’re searching for a green sapphire engagement ring for yourself.

Shades of Green Sapphire

Green sapphires can range in shade from a pale, minty green to a deep, forest green. Typically, green sapphires have more of an earth tone, from greenish-brown to greenish-yellow to green-ish blue.

different shades of gemstones for green sapphire engagement rings

It’s important to note that the green of a sapphire is very rarely comparable to the green of an emerald. If you are looking for a green sapphire as a substitute for emerald, it’s unlikely that you will find one.

How Important is the Cut?

Sapphires do not reflect light the same way that diamonds do so the cut is very important. To maximize the amount of light reflected you’ll want to ensure that you get the best cut possible.

Sometimes gemstone cutters will remove the least amount of material possible from the stone in order to preserve the weight. The more the stone weighs, the more expensive it is. This can result in poorly cut gemstones and sapphires.

In order to avoid a poorly cut sapphire you’ll want to ensure that you can’t see “through” the stone. The top, flat part of a gemstone is called the table. If the table is overly large, and the facets haven’t been cut properly on the bottom of the stone, it creates a “window” effect.

Sapphire Showing Window Effect

In general, you’ll want to ensure that your green sapphire has a very good cut and reflects light well. Each shape of sapphire will have its own ideal cut proportions.

What Colour Gold is Best for Green Sapphire Engagement Rings?

The colour of gold you select for your green sapphire engagement ring is really a personal preference.

Yellow gold compliments green sapphire very well and creates a warm, classic look. Whereas white gold may work for more of a modern, cool look. It’s probably best to avoid rose gold for green sapphire. Depending on the tone of the sapphire it might clash. Sometimes it works if you’re looking for high contrast and the green sapphire has a blue undertone.

Montana Sapphires

For the past five years or so teal sapphire engagement rings have been very popular. In part, the popularity of teal sapphires was fueled by the interest in Montana sapphires which are often teal in colour. While teal is still very much sought after, green sapphires are definitely gaining popularity in their own right.

As mentioned, Montana sapphires are often teal in colour. But they actually are available in many colours, including green. The green Montana sapphires tend to be pale green. If the undertone is blue then the sapphire will be more of a mint green. If the undertone is yellow the sapphire will be more of a pale lime green.

Green Montana Sapphires


If you notice that your ring isn’t sparkling as much as it used to, you’ll need to give it a clean. Use water, dish soap and a toothbrush to scrub your sapphire. Don’t forget to scrub under the setting as well. Sometimes dirt and muck can accumulate on the bottom of a sapphire and form almost a type of film that is very difficult to remove. If this happens it’s a good idea to let your ring soak for a while in warm, soapy water before scrubbing with a toothbrush.

Some particularly stubborn muck may require professional cleaning. Most jewellers will provide free assessments and cleanings for life for rings they have made, we certainly do!


If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here please feel free to get in touch with us. Or, if you are local to Toronto and would like to book an in person chat, you can set something up on our calendar.


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    Suzanne Co-Owner
    Suzanne is one of the founders of Posy Fine Jewellery. She received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Anthropology from the University of Toronto before training as a goldsmith at George Brown College.


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