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What does a sapphire engagement ring mean?

26th May 2021

by Tara W.

sapphire engagement ring

Mostly known for their rich blue hue, sapphires are a popular coloured gemstone. They have a rich history and have long been favoured in jewellery by royalty and celebrities. From the Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning sapphire engagement ring to the Blue Giant of the Orient, which is the largest faceted blue sapphire in the world, there are many impressive famous sapphire pieces to admire. But what does a sapphire engagement ring mean? We learn the origin, meaning and symbolism behind this beautiful blue gemstone.


Sapphire origin


Sapphires originated in India in the 1800s and since then have been discovered in areas across the world. Today, sapphires are mined mainly in Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Madagascar and Australia. Montana was given the nickname the “Treasure State” after sapphires were found during a quest to find gold in 1865.


History of sapphires


Often considered a symbol of nobility, clergy members and royalty decorated their robes with sapphires for centuries. In ancient Greece and Rome, Kings and Queens believed that sapphires protected them from envy and harm. Throughout the Middle Ages, people believed blue sapphires symbolised heaven and attracted heavenly blessings. Due to the rich history and symbolism behind sapphires, they are still associated with good fortune, royalty and protection today.


Types of sapphires


Most people don’t realise there are different types of sapphires. In jewellery, when we use the word “sapphire”, we are referring to blue sapphires. Sapphires come in many colours (minus red), such as purple, pink, orange and brown. The colour of a sapphire depends on how and where it was formed, but blue sapphires are the most popular colour.


What does a sapphire engagement ring mean?


sapphire meaning


A sapphire engagement ring means honesty, sincerity and faithfulness. It is also believed to provide good fortune within marriage and to keep it strong and healthy. The beautiful symbolism and meaning behind sapphires are what makes them so special for engagement rings.


What does a sapphire engagement ring symbolise?


Legend states that sapphires symbolise wisdom, nobility and good fortune. Prince Charles gave a sapphire diamond ring to Lady Diana Spencer for their engagement. Today this ring is worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and features a beautiful sapphire surrounded by a halo of diamonds. Sapphires have long been tied with romance and royalty and considered a symbol of holiness for royals.


Popular sapphire engagement ring styles


The most popular sapphire engagement ring styles tend to be halo rings. Just like the Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning sapphire engagement ring, sapphire and diamonds pair perfectly together within jewellery. Fancy shapes tend to be the preference for sapphires. Emerald, pear and oval sapphire engagement rings have an antique appearance that is favoured by many. Similarly, yellow gold tends to be the preferred precious metal. A beautiful yellow gold sapphire engagement ring is a good choice for your partner, particularly íf they love vintage-style rings. 


Enjoyed this article? Learn more about sapphires and coloured gemstones in our gemstone guide.





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