And the Celebrities That Made Them Famous
Long associated with royals and Hollywood A-listers, sapphire engagement rings are making their mainstream debut in 2023, proving these regal, blue-hued beauties are an affordable engagement ring option for modern-day couples.
What is a sapphire?
Belonging to the corundum family of minerals, sapphire is available in blue, red (known as rubies), and ‘fancy’ colours, including violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple and intermediate hues. They can even be found in grey, black and brown.
Like diamonds, sapphires are formed deep below the earth’s surface over millions of years. Both blue and fancy sapphires have been discovered in a variety of exotic locations including Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, as well as here in Australia.
Sapphire is often cut with a brilliant pattern on the crown and a step cut pattern on the pavilion.
The History, Myths & Meaning of Sapphire
Both Greeks and Romans believed sapphire to have protective qualities, bringing good luck and protecting wearers from misfortune.
Medieval Europeans believed sapphire to be an antidote to poison and capable of curing eye diseases, while clerics of the Middle Ages wore sapphires as a symbol of heaven.
Perhaps the most fanciful folklore belonged to Ancient Persians, who believed the earth rested on a giant sapphire, which gave the sky its colour.
Nowadays, sapphire has come to symbolise love and commitment, complemented by diamonds to create magnificent gemstone engagement rings for those seeking something unique that better reflects their individuality.
Is sapphire ok for an engagement ring?
Second only to diamonds and Moissanite, sapphire’s hardness makes it an excellent choice for engagement rings; particularly for women with active lifestyles and hands-on occupations.
While sapphire engagement rings are graded by factors such as cut, clarity, colour and carat, sapphire quality is predominantly determined by its colour and shape.
Given its durability and rich colour varieties, sapphires make beautiful heirloom jewellery and engagement rings to be passed down for generations to come.
What do sapphire engagement rings look like?
An elevated claw setting and halo of pavé-set diamonds create an eye-catching display of colour, contrast and sparkle easily paired with diamond and sapphire earrings of the same halo shape.
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Why choose a sapphire engagement ring?
Celebrity Sapphire Engagement Rings
Royals, actors and singers are amongst the recipients of the world’s most famous sapphire engagement rings…
Kate Middleton’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
The most recognisable of sapphire celebrity engagement rings is the 12-carat beauty once belonging to Princess Diana, now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
Victoria Beckham’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
Victoria Beckham’s oval-cut sapphire on a platinum pavé-set diamond band is just one of the 15 engagement rings gifted to her over the years by her equally extravagant hubby.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
Gwyneth’s engagement ring from Glee co-creator and husband, Brad Falchuk, is an eye-watering round-cut sapphire estimated to be around 12 carats.
Penélope Cruz’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
Given to her in 2010 by Spanish actor and husband, Javier Bardem, Penélope’s vintage ring features a 3-carat blue sapphire with a halo of diamonds.
Liz Hurley’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
For her 2-year engagement to Australian cricket larrikin, Shane Warne, in 2010, Liz wore an estimated 9-carat, square-cut sapphire flanked by trillion-cut diamonds.
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