Sapphires are dark blue gemstones that are profound and captivating. Slightly mysterious and decidedly decadent, these precious gemstones make for truly stunning jewelry. If you’re looking for a unique ring, browse our bespoke collection of antique and vintage sapphire engagement rings.
About Sapphire Gemstones
Sapphires were very popular in vintage jewelry and remain on trend today. Here’s what you need to know:
- Color Variations. Although sapphires can come in a range of hues, their most popular shade is a deep azure. Velvety blue Kashmir sapphires set the standard for what traditional sapphires “should” look like. That said, sapphires come in many different colors, including orange, yellow, purple, green, brown, gray, black, and even clear or colorless.
- An Important Symbol. Sapphires have long been considered the “Stone of Wisdom.” Popular in Hebrew, Greek, and Buddhist religions, many ancient cultures believed this sparkling stone would provide the wearer with mental clarity and spiritual truth.
- A Royal Engagement. Princess Diana shocked the world—and the royal family—when she selected a dazzling sapphire engagement ring. After her death, the famous 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire ring was passed to her son and is now worn by Duchess Kate Middleton.
- An Elegant Choice. Today, sapphires are considered the September birthstone. They are also the gemstone for 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries!
Sapphire Engagement Ring Designs
Because they pair beautifully with diamonds and intricate metalwork, sapphires are often used as accents in engagement ring designs. Their enchanting blue color adds depth and dimension to a ring like no other. Of course, there aren’t also designs that allow sapphires to take center stage, usually paired with a halo of diamonds or intricate metal work.
Sapphires were especially popular for their bold colors in the Art Deco era, when larger, geometric rings with bright colors were in vogue. Because of the beauty and widespread availability of sapphires, however, these stones have been consistently popular with rings and jewelry for generations. They can be found in many cuts, settings, and styles, particularly halo settings or three-stone rings paired with diamonds for extra glitter.
Find the Perfect Engagement Ring
Sapphires are cool, confident gemstones that command attention on their own terms. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind ring, select one of the elegant styles within our breathtaking collection of vintage sapphire engagement rings.