Sapphires: September’s birthstone, perhaps the most popular of all precious gemstones, has maintained its popularity from the Middle Ages through the 21st century, being used in some of the most spectacular jewellery pieces of all time.
Sapphires are a 9 on the Mohs scale (a measure of mineral hardness) which makes it second to diamonds in terms of durability. Available in all colours, blue is the most common of all the sapphire colours and ranges from very light and transparent blue hues to inky and opaque hues.
Demand for coloured gemstones has increased significantly over the past few years with royalty and celebrities including the Duchess of Cambridge, Elizabeth Hurley, Penelope Cruz and Victoria Beckham choosing blue sapphire engagement rings.
The number of women picking and designing their own engagement rings has also had a dramatic effect on the popularity of coloured gemstones, as women are choosing sapphires as a unique alternative to the traditional diamond.
Jean Ghika, Head of Jewellery at Bonhams UK & Europe, says
“There is a move towards colour. Women are bolder in their choices and looking at alternatives to diamonds when it comes to engagement rings.”
Blue sapphires can be incorporated into an engagement ring in a variety of ways, from subtle side or accent stones to the centre stone of a showstopping engagement ring.
We take a look back at some of our bespoke sapphire creations from the past few years…
Emulating the style of the 9.0 carat oval Ceylon sapphire engagement ring once owned by Princess Diana and now by Catherine Middleton, this 2.7 carat cushion-cut Ceylon sapphire ring combines modern sophistication with old world charm.
The sapphire is held in place by platinum “eagle claws” which are very on-trend in bridal jewellery. The milgrain (tiny metal bumps) detail is a nod to antiquity and the 18ct yellow gold band brilliantly highlights the deep blue hue of the sapphire.
This design shows how original and unique your bespoke ring design can be with Rare Pink. Inspired by the owner’s love of whales, it uses a selection of small sapphires ranging from dark blue to “cornflower blue” to white to create an ombre effect on the tail.
The use of sapphires as accent stones perfectly compliments the overall aesthetic of the ring by adding a flattering element of colour to the design.
In stark contrast to the previous rings, this design shows how sapphires can be subtly included in a ring design. Unseen when worn, this ring has a round sapphire, ruby and emerald burnish set on the inside of the band, next to the engraving, as an intimate gesture for our couple.
Each ring demonstrates the way in which a sapphire can be incorporated into a ring’s design as a centre stone, an accent stone or as part of an engraving.