Over time, we’ve created a number of bespoke sapphire engagement rings for customers, mostly in blue hues. The treasured sapphire and diamond engagement ring proved so popular that we designed our first range of sapphire and diamond rings available in platinum, rose gold, white gold and yellow gold. Our stunning sapphire rings are now available in The Keepers Engagement Collection.
Like your love, we think these designs will last the test of time….
A sapphire is a precious gemstone from the corundum mineral that forms in forms in crystalline rocks. Technically speaking, the sapphire is a form of aluminium oxide.
It’s this mix of minerals that work together over thousands of years to produce beautiful, rare, coveted gemstones like the sapphire.
Corundum is an extremely hard substance, just about on par with the hardness of a diamond. For this reason, sapphires are extremely durable and don’t scratch easily. They score a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 on the Mohs’ scale of mineral hardness, second only to diamonds at a perfect 10.
Traditionally, we think of blue sapphire, but this precious stone comes in various colours and shades, including yellow sapphires, pink sapphires, white sapphires, green sapphires and the rarer padparadscha, which is a stunning mixture of pink and orange. Darker inky blue stones originate from Australia, with intense blue high-quality stones emanating from Kashmir, Burma, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Along with diamonds, sapphires are one of the most sought-after gemstones for jewellery.
Just like diamonds, sapphires are graded using the 4Cs, cut, colour, carat and clarity. In general, a well-cut sapphire will be symmetrical in turn allowing for light to reflect through the stone and in terms of clarity, its less likely to find a stone that has no inclusions (the naturally occurring ‘flaws’ of the stone).
Popularised by British Royals such as Princess Diana and The Princess of Wales, the sapphire ring has become a popular centre stone for engagement rings and pairs particularly well with diamond accent stones.
Chosen for their hardness, durability and excellent value, a sapphire engagement ring is an excellent choice. Like diamonds, sapphire offers a unique style and is available in many cuts, such as oval and round. Unlike softer emerald stones, sapphires survive day-to-day wearing to a lesser degree.
Whilst the sapphire has been featured throughout jewellery history, reportedly first found in Kashmir in 1880, today, the sapphire is the perfect symbol of wisdom, virtue, good fortune, and holiness for royals. In an engagement ring setting, sapphire symbolises faithfulness and sincerity, making for a beautiful engagement ring story.
We’ve done our best to try and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about sapphire engagement rings below:
Common sapphire shapes include oval, round, cushion, and emerald. Cabochon cut sapphires, a non-faceted polished cut, are also one of our favourites.
For a good quality, remarkable sapphire, its cost can sit close to £800-£1000 per carat.
Sapphires are believed to symbolise good fortune, wisdom and holiness for royals. In an engagement ring setting, a sapphire also can stand for faithfulness and sincerity.
Princess Diana’s sapphire blue engagement ring is probably one of the most notorious pieces of jewellery in history. The ring features a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white gold, surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. Following Diana’s death in August 1997, the sapphire ring was initially inherited by her son Prince Harry, who offered it to his brother Prince William before he proposed to Kate Middleton, now Princess of Wales.
Sapphire is the birthstone of September. Sapphire usually refers to the blue variety of corundum, with ruby being the red variety, however this birthstone comes in a rainbow of other colours.
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What colour is a diamond? Many say they’re colourless, however, look closely and most contain subtle tints of yellows, soft pinks and rich browns. Truly colourless diamonds are known as white diamonds and are extremely rare and the most valuable. Diamond colour is graded from D to Z – D being the whitest, most colourless diamond and Z containing noticeable yellow, brown or pink tints. The letters D to Z represent a range of colour based on a combination of tone, lightness or darkness and saturation.
Diamond cut refers to the arrangement of a diamond’s facets. A diamond’s cut is often mistaken as meaning its shape (oval, pear, etc), but a diamond’s cut grade is actually about how well the facets interact with light.
Polish refers to the overall smoothness and condition of the diamond’s surface. It’s rare for a diamond to have a perfect polish. More often, they have tiny imperfections not visible to the naked eye.
Symmetry refers to how well-aligned the diamond's facets are. Symmetry, on the other hand, refers to the exactness of shape, overall outline, placement and alignment of individual facets.
The gradings provided by the GIA go from poor to excellent. If you select an SI clarity, we will provide Very Good cut, polish and symmetry. If you select a VS1 clarity, we will provide Excellent cut, polish and symmetry.