Sapphires have been a classic choice for engagement rings for many centuries. In 1796 French Emperor Napoleon proposed to his beloved Josephine with a sapphire engagement ring featuring a pear-shaped sapphire next to a pear-shaped diamond, on a simple gold band. And until the twentieth century sapphires were more popular than diamonds as a featured gem in engagement rings. Although today diamonds are the most common center gemstone for engagement rings, lately it seems that a growing percentage of couples are opting for richly hued sapphires. Aside from their beauty, a sapphire is a great choice for an engagement ring because they’re among the world’s most durable naturally occurring elements—the only natural item that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond! That strength helps them stand up to the everyday wear required of an engagement ring. Here are some of the exciting trends we’re seeing in sapphire engagement rings:
Nature-inspired Sapphire Designs
You may think of sapphires most often being the centerpieces of very classic, regal designs like Princess Catherine’s engagement ring, but we’re seeing many couples pairing sapphires with more contemporary and distinctive nature-inspired rings. The rich colors of sapphires are beautifully accented by the curving bands and drawn-from-nature details of rings such as the Sapphire Willow Diamond Ring and the Sapphire Petite Luxe Twisted Vine Diamond Ring.
Although classic blue remains the most popular color for sapphire engagement rings, a growing number of couples are choosing sapphires in more unexpected hues, including yellow, peach, green, pink, orange, purple and even white! Sapphires come in every color of the rainbow, even red—though you know red sapphires by their other name, rubies. We offer oval yellow sapphires and round pink sapphires as standard options in many of our engagement ring designs, and you’ll find an expansive range of beautiful colored sapphires in our collection of Unique Colored Gemstones. These gorgeous and distinctive sapphires can be set into the engagement ring setting of your choice.
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