Once upon a time, the ancient Persians thought sapphires were so special, they believed that the earth had been created on top of the biggest blue sapphire ever, and that’s why the sky was blue.
Puts a lot of romantic meaning into a blue sapphire engagement ring, right?
Some cultures say sapphires have healing and calming properties. They are also thought to symbolize virtue, wisdom, and good fortune. When one presents a blue sapphire engagement ring to his or her beloved, it’s considered representative of sincerity and faithfulness.
Are you ready to have a look at some amazing blue sapphire rings? Let’s get started!
Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings
1. Oval Sapphire Ring with Tapered Baguette Sidestones in Platinum
by Blue Nile
I love the clean, refined lines in the design of this ring, and the brilliance of platinum really brings out the vivid blue of the sapphire. You really can’t go wrong with a ring that includes TWO diamonds and a big, bold blue sapphire.
2. Blue Sapphire Oval Cut Halo Engagement Ring
by James Allen
There’s nothing quite as stunning as delicate diamonds framing the bluest-blue sapphire.
3. Rose Gold, Blue Cushion Sapphire, and Diamond Engagement Ring
It’s amazing how a rose gold setting can ever-so-slightly change the shade of a blue sapphire. The metal and gemstones beautifully complement each other.
4. Coral Blue Sapphire Engagement Statement Ring
Just… wow. Yes, technically it’s an engagement ring, but it’s definitely also a show-stopping statement ring on its own. Feminine and powerful. We love it and we’re betting she will too.
5. Vintage Teal Sapphire Engagement Ring
This ring is a shining example of just how many shades of blue sapphire are out there. The art deco style of this ring is the perfect setting for a vivid teal sapphire.
6. Blue Sapphire Cushion Cut Solitaire Ring
by James Allen
Sometimes the simplest of designs can make the biggest impression. Especially when it draws the eye to a gorgeous, deep blue sapphire.
7. Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
The other-worldly glow of yellow gold makes this sapphire look like blue velvet. Be prepared for endless compliments!
8. Oval Sapphire and Diamond Split Shank Ring
by Blue Nile
A split shank design has always seemed so perfectly unconventional to me. It really is the best way to showcase stylish simplicity.
9. Princess Diana-Inspired Blue Sapphire Ring With Diamond Halo
No list of exceptional blue sapphire engagement rings would be complete without a ring inspired by the most well-known blue sapphire ring in modern history.
Princess Diana’s blue sapphire engagement ring is proudly worn by Kate Middleton now, and it couldn’t be more fitting for ring royalty.
Why Choose a Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring?
There are so many great reasons to make a blue sapphire the stone you put on her finger forever. Here are just a few:
She Dares To Be Different
Certainly, more and more brides are opting for sapphires (and other colored stones) to take center stage in their engagement setting because it stands out in a crowd. A splash of color can take an engagement ring from beautiful to dazzling, which is perfect for your dare-to-be-different gal.
Now don’t get me wrong. If my husband were to jump up off the sofa in the middle of his beloved Formula One race and say “Hey, can I get you a brand new diamond ring? You interested?” I wouldn’t say no. I’d take his temperature, but I definitely wouldn’t say no.
That said, the sentiment that “A diamond is forever” is getting left in the dust, and it’s about time. The notion that if he doesn’t give us a diamond he clearly thinks we’re secondhand goods has been around since 1938. It’s outdated, to say the least, not to mention a straight-up tricky marketing campaign engineered by diamond companies.
Most sapphires are sourced from small, independently-owned family mines. This means that every sapphire you buy is most likely supporting hard-working families and their communities.
But how can we be sure of where her sapphire is coming from? How do we know it’s an ethically sourced stone? The short answer is there’s no way to know for sure, but it helps that sapphires are generally more traceable. That makes it easier to determine their origins and the conditions in which they were mined and transported.
Also, procedures and standards set by the World Jewelry Confederation help ensure the business of buying and selling sapphires remains as ethical as possible. For instance, in Sri Lanka, the government put regulations in place forbidding mechanical mining so locally-owned mines can stay in business.
She Knows A Good Thing When She Sees It
The most valuable blue sapphires are often the most saturated in hue, and it’s usually easier to spot a quality blue sapphire than other colors.
A good quality sapphire should be vivid and velvety, sometimes with a super subtle tinge of violet. If your sapphire is too dark, too light, or even grayish in color, it’s probably not as valuable.
Even the British royal family favors blue sapphires. As we mentioned above, the family hosts one of the most famous blue sapphire engagement rings ever.
The origins of the royal family’s love affair with blue sapphires go way, way back to the mid-19th century with Queen Victoria’s equally-famous blue sapphire and diamond brooch. Anyway, you get the point. If it’s good enough for England’s monarchs, it’s good enough for us.
She Values Strength
With a score of 9 out of 10, sapphires are among the strongest of stones according to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. They’re durable, strong enough to go with her everywhere, and can stand the test of time. If that’s not symbolic of your love, I don’t know what is.
Carat for carat, sapphires are a much better value than diamonds without sacrificing quality and beauty. They also retain their value brilliantly, so once you’ve introduced a blue sapphire into the family, you can bet it will become a beloved heirloom.
More About Sapphires
If you’re interested in a more comprehensive guide to how to choose a sapphire engagement ring, check out this article we published a little while back for some more tips and info to help you choose the best ring for her.
Each sapphire has its own personality, and with so many hues of blues from which to choose (ha! I rhyme all the time!), you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for your sweetheart. Happy sapphire shopping!