RING GUIDES

Sapphires: Price and Value Guide

You’ve fallen for a jaw dropping sapphire, but it's three times the cost of the one next to it!? Sure it's pretty, but how do you know if the price is right?


Unless you're trained, you won't be able to price up a gem at a glance. But there are some quick tips to tell you if you're getting what you’re paying for! We’ll take you through sapphire pricing, how to budget for your sapphire, and when you’ll know it's time to buy!

How Are Sapphires Valued?

If you’ve been side-eyeing some online gemstone guides, you might have heard of the 4 Cs. Even though these are mainly used to value earth grown and lab grown diamonds, they can give you some idea about sapphire price and quality too!


The 4 Cs are carat, cut, colour and clarity, and how well your gemstone performs in each round will dictate the overall value! With sapphires, colour is usually the most important! Clarity comes in second, and then carat and cut are supporting categories. Take a look at our 4 Cs guide to learn more about how these factors affect the price and value of a gemstone.

How Are Sapphires Valued?

If you’ve been side-eyeing some online gemstone guides, you might have heard of the 4 Cs. Even though these are mainly used to value earth grown and lab grown diamonds, they can give you some idea about sapphire price and quality too!


The 4 Cs are carat, cut, colour and clarity, and how well your gemstone performs in each round will dictate the overall value! With sapphires, colour is usually the most important! Clarity comes in second, and then carat and cut are supporting categories. Take a look at our 4 Cs guide to learn more about how these factors affect the price and value of a gemstone.

Are Sapphires Expensive in Different Colours?

Some colour sapphires are more expensive than others! If your sapphire is either cornflower or velvet blue it will probably be worth more. How saturated and even the colour is will also change the sapphires price.


Another expensive sapphire is the padparadscha! Its peachy-pink tones are dreamy in any ring, but there is a price tag attached. Don't worry though, sapphire colours come in a complete rainbow of options. There will be something for every budget, in every colour! If you would like to learn more about all the different colours that sapphires come in then take a look at our sapphire colour guide.

Is My Blue Sapphire Worth Anything?

No matter how nice the colour of your sapphire is, it won't be worth anything if it has no clarity! You see these opaque sapphires in a lot of mass produced vintage rings, because they were affordable and easy to acquire! 


If you love these stones, you’re in luck! They are very cheap compared to the classically more desirable sapphires.

sapphire colour chart

What Should I Look For in a Sapphire?

If you're unsure about your sapphires price and quality, talk to your supplier. But if you want to be able to spot problems yourself, there are a few things to look out for! 


Inclusions are number one! If you can see any specks inside the stone, or a thin textured line on the surface of your stone, this might be an inclusion. These don’t always cause a problem, but they can lower the value of your gemstone. 


Inclusions can cause issues if they are on the surface, but this should be assessed by your jeweller beforehand. Some inclusions, even ones on the surface, will be perfectly safe!


At Jessica Flinn, we love the individual beauty inclusions can bring to a gemstone, but we check every stone thoroughly to make sure it is fit for wear. We take inclusions into account when we design a ring, even changing settings or claws to protect the stone! 

Sapphire Engagement Rings

Sapphire Prices

Let’s talk money! 


If you’re buying a high value object like an engagement ring, you’ll want to know what to expect. Pricing gemstones is a bit of a science, but there’s no need to stress. We can answer all your questions on sapphire prices!

Are Sapphires Expensive?

Sapphire prices mean they are one of the more expensive gemstones, but that doesn't mean it’ll be out of budget! Contact us to speak to one of our fabulous team about sourcing your dream sapphire! 


If you’re not sure how much you should budget for your sapphire engagement ring, we also have a helpful guide on setting a budget. We’ll take you through everything you can expect from this once in a lifetime purchase!

Sapphire Price Per Carat

Sapphires will vary in price by colour, carat and cut. The best way to estimate what kind of price you’d be looking at is to ask your supplier, but average prices per carat can be found below:


Sapphire cost chart

HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND ON A SAPPHIRE?

So you’ve found your ideal cut and colour, now it’s time to buy! How much should you spend?


If you have already set your budget, the best advice is to stick to it! Find a sapphire priced to suit you, rather than adjusting your budget for extra sparkle.


That out of budget sapphire might be calling your name, but there may be one just as stunning that is in budget. Our sapphires usually range between £200.00 and £2000, so there are lots of options out there!


Take a look at our selection of loose gemstones to see if we have your dream sapphire in stock.

Do Sapphires Keep Their Value?

After their initial boom following Princess Diana’s 1981 sapphire engagement ring, sapphires are once again gaining popularity. They are our most requested gemstone, alongside salt and pepper diamonds (which you can learn more about in our salt and pepper diamond guide!).


With interest at its height in the early 2000’s and the mid 2010’s these stunning stones seem to be on a fashion loop. You can be sure that if they're not in style now, they're going to be the next viral trend! 


Your sapphire is more likely to maintain its value, as there will always be demand!

Find Your Sapphire Engagement ring With Jessica Flinn

Sapphires are a beautiful, versatile and durable stone, which means there is literally no downside to a sapphire engagement ring! If you’re ready to find your sapphire, you can browse our selection of sapphire engagement rings for some inspiration.


Whatever colour, whatever budget, your dream sapphire is out there, and we would love to find it for you! Book an appointment with our expert team to get started, or check out our Bespoke Ring Design Service if you want some more info!