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When we think of a sapphire ring we generally think of a deep blue colour.The word sapphire comes from the greek word for blue; sapphirus. The blue colour comes from inclusions of iron and titanium and this can span over many different shades like cornflower blue from India, metallic blue from Montana, USA to dark blue and almost black from Nigeria. But did you know sapphire gemstones can be found in a wide range of colours? From yellow sapphire to pink sapphire and even lilac sapphire to only mention a few, you’re bound to find one to suit you!
Sapphire gemstones are known to be tough making them perfect for engagement rings and only second to Diamonds in terms of hardness. They are also the birthstone for September babies!
Throughout history sapphires were seen as the gem of the soul and as a connection to the spirit realm. Even Kings adorned sapphires, believing it protected them from being harmed. Pretty cool, right?
In modern times sapphire engagement rings were made famous by the Royal Family, when Prince Charles proposed to Lady Diana Spencer with a stunning oval sapphire and diamond engagement ring which was later given to Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge by Prince William. The gorgeous ring consists of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire, set in 18ct white gold. It was created by the jeweller Garrard and cost £28,000 in 1981.
Another famous royal sapphire engagement ring is Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring, given to her by Jack Brooksbank. This stunning and unique engagement ring is commonly mistaken for a pink diamond but it is in fact a Padparadscha Sapphire. A rare and beautiful gemstone with pinkish, peachy and orange tones.
Credit: TheSun.ie (Princess Eugenie's Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring)
Sapphires are such a beautiful, rare and versatile gemstone, always a stunning addition to your jewellery collection. Here at Gear Jewellers we stock a range of stunning sapphire and diamond engagement rings. Here are some of my favourites:
Our stunning Saskia engagement ring features a beautiful 1.58ct pear shaped sapphire complimented by a halo of sparkling diamonds that continues onto the shoulders, set in 18ct white gold. I could stare at this gorgeous sapphire ring all day!
A brand new addition at Gear Jewellers, our Tuscany ring features a stunning oval cut yellow sapphire, surrounded by a halo of diamonds, set in 18ct gold and finished with diamonds on the shoulders for that extra sparkle!
Our Alula ring is a classic 3 stone diamond and sapphire engagement ring. The large 0.95ct oval sapphire is complimented by two round brilliant cut diamonds either side and set in 18ct gold. I love how beautiful and elegant this sapphire and diamond ring looks on the hand!
I LOVE all things pink so I just had to mention our gorgeous Panther ring! The colour of the pink sapphire is so mesmerising it draws your eye in and it’s hard to look away. It has a weight of 1.11cts and is beautifully complimented by a scalloped surround of brilliant cut diamonds. So pretty!