Sapphire Engagement Rings
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As with all gemstones, sapphires are connected with many deeper meanings. Belonging to the birth month of September, a blue Sapphire is said to signify truth, sincerity and encourage honesty within your relationship. Rose pink shades are said to symbolise love, hence another reason for their popularity within engagement rings.
Diamonds accompanying sapphires can truly transform your ring. Encapsulated by surrounding diamonds enhances the natural hues of all sapphires, for darker tones it can brighten the overall look and for rose and golden shades it simply compliments their radiance. Adding light, definition and additional sparkle, the contrasting shades of a clear diamond and rich blue sapphire is mesmerising.
Why not choose to create your own sapphire and diamond engagement ring, whether you adapt an existing style or create one yourself- perhaps you have a sapphire heirloom in the family which you want to give a new lease of life to? Our onsite team of gemmologists can work alongside you to create your ring of dreams.
With their royal ambience, a sapphire solitaire ring is a statement piece alone, which is positively timeless. Providing the perfect fit next to the wedding band of your choice, solitaire rings are simple, classic yet exude elegance and style. An understated choice, perfect for those who appreciate luxurious jewellery.
Traditionally known for representing the past, present and future of your relationship, a sapphire trilogy ring is an admirable statement piece. With many shades of hues, a trilogy engagement ring highlights the stunning variations of colours, whether you choose to use the same shade or a combination, perhaps hues of the ocean blues. At Holts, we offer a range of stunning trilogy rings with both sapphire, or sapphire and diamond combinations, all available at our Hatton Garden showroom.
Channel your inner royalty by choosing from one of our elegant sapphire halo engagement rings, popular amongst royals as once worn by Princess Diana and subsequently the Duchess of Cambridge. Embedded within a circle of diamonds on a platinum band or a diamond pave band, halo sapphire rings are something truly special. Unique in colour, traditional in style and distinctive in appearance. Larger diamonds around the sapphire would be considered a sapphire diamond cluster style( like Lady D’s Ring), small diamonds around the sapphire would be a halo.
Platinum offers the perfect finishing touch to an already stunning ring. Enhancing the natural light reflection of the Sapphire and perfect for those who want something a little different whilst keeping in touch with traditions.
Adding the ultimate royal backdrop to your precious sapphire, a yellow gold sapphire engagement ring has a considerable charm factor. Traditional in style, royal in appearance and a beautiful accompaniment for your yellow gold wedding band.
Rose gold sapphire engagement rings with a deep blue sapphire radiates vintage-style glamour which is perfect for a unique engagement ring. Alongside a pink sapphire, a rose gold band provides a pretty, feminine look which has plenty of ‘wow’ factor.
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Throughout time, sapphires have been renowned for their popularity amongst royals, right through to the current Duchess of Cambridge who sports a stunning sapphire engagement ring which once belonged to Princess Diana.
Sapphires are classic, timeless and an impressive feature to an engagement ring, it is clear to see why their popularity has surpassed generation after generation.
Sapphires make an excellent choice for an engagement ring due to their incredible durability. They are classed as a rating 9 on the Moh scale, making them the hardest gemstone behind a diamond.
Alongside their practicality, sapphires are a preferred choice for engagement rings due to their diverse colours, available in blues, purples, yellows and pinks, there is a suitable sapphire for everyone.
Symbolising wisdom, strength and celestial faith - all of which explain the sapphires popularity amongst royalty throughout time. They are also considered to have properties which denote protection and good fortune which, alongside their luxurious aura, makes them a popular choice for engagement rings.
The name “sapphire” derives from the word “sappheiros” in ancient Greek and is a variety of corundum species.
“Sapphire” always refers to stones that vary from violetish blue to slightly greenish blue and it’s primarily the presence of iron and titanium trace elements that produce these beautiful blues. The most valuable colour of sapphire is what is known as the “cornflower blue” or “Kashmir” which is a strong pure blue to violetish blue and sometimes has a velvety look. Any other colour, besides red which would make it a ruby, is considered a fancy sapphire such as yellow sapphire, green sapphire and pink sapphire. Within the fancy sapphire range the rarest and most prized colour is the padparadscha which means “lotus flower” in Sinhalese. The stone is found in Sri Lanka and has a vivid orangey pink to pinkish orange stiking colour which is caused by iron and chromium trace elements or by colour centres.
One interesting thing that you might find in sapphires is an inclusion also known as “silk” consisting of fine rutile needles that give a velvety-milky look to the stone. Some sapphires can display what is called in gemmological terms, a “phenomenon”. Two of the most important types of phenomenal sapphires are colour-change sapphires and star sapphires. The former change colour when seen under a daylight equivalent light source and under incandescent lighting and the latter are cabochon-cut stones that display a whitish star created by fine intersecting needle inclusions.
Mines that have yielded the finest sapphires in colour and clarity are located in Kashmir, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Nowadays the main sources of sapphires are Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, Madagascar and Montana in the U.S.A. We are proudly to be a member of ICA (The International Colored Gemstone Association) and provide you with ethically sourced sapphires under sustainability guidelines.
USE IN JEWELLERY
Sapphire’s lustre is vitreous to sub-adamantine; it rates 9 on the Mohs scale and therefore it is ideal for jewellery that is worn frequently. Depending on the transparency of the stone which can be anything between transparent and opaque sapphires are cut into faceted stones, cabochons, beads and carvings.
TREATMENTS AND SYNTHETICS
Sapphires are often treated to enhance their colour or improve their clarity; some of the most common treatments are heat (with or without the use of chemicals), lattice-diffusion and beryllium-diffusion. Synthetic sapphires have the same chemical properties as the natural sapphires but their value is significantly lower so they should always be disclosed as synthetic.