A Guide to Sapphire Engagement Rings: A Classic Take on Modern Love

A Guide to Sapphire Engagement Rings: A Classic Take on Modern Love

Delve into the world of sapphire engagement rings where each stone tells a story of uniqueness and lasting beauty. Learn why more couples are choosing these vibrant alternatives to traditional diamonds for their engagement.

Sapphire engagement rings are experiencing a surge in popularity, captivating couples with their vibrant colours and unique meanings. As more people seek alternatives to traditional diamond rings, sapphires offer a colourful and durable choice that stands out. At Meaden Master Jewellers, we've been inundated with requests for custom sapphire engagement rings, reflecting a growing trend that embraces both the beauty and practicality of this precious gemstone.

The Allure of Sapphire Colours

Sapphires are not just limited to the iconic blue; they span a full spectrum from dazzling yellows to shimmering pinks, each offering a unique palette for personal expression. While blue sapphires, like the famous stone in Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, remain perennial favourites, other colours each have their appeal and rarity. Understanding which colours are more valuable can help you choose a sapphire that not only captures your eye but is also an investment in quality.

Shapes and Cuts: Versatility in Design

Sapphires are adaptable to all the same cuts as diamonds, making them incredibly versatile for engagement rings.  A stunning example of this is seen in our Isla Cushion Cut Sapphire Ring, a superior example of a cushion-cut sapphire accented by pear and round brilliant cut diamonds.  The cushion cut allows the depth and colour of the stone to shine through whilst maintaining appeal to the modern bride-to-be.

Whether you prefer the traditional round brilliant, a sophisticated oval, or a unique marquise, sapphires can be cut to maximize their lustre and colour. This flexibility allows for creative ring designs that cater to a range of personal styles and preferences.

Types of Sapphires and Their Origins

Sapphires are sourced from various locations around the world, each contributing unique characteristics to the gemstones. Ceylon sapphires from Sri Lanka are renowned for their vivid blue colour and clarity, while Burmese sapphires are prized for their deep hues and exceptional quality. Knowing the origin of a sapphire can provide insight into the quality and value of the stone, as certain regions are known for producing sapphires with specific desirable traits.

What Makes a Sapphire Exceptional?

When selecting a sapphire, it's essential to consider factors akin to the 4Cs used for diamonds—colour, clarity, cut, and carat. However, for sapphires, colour is often the most critical factor, with saturation and tone playing significant roles in determining the stone's overall appeal and value. A good sapphire should have a strong, vivid colour without being overly dark or too light. Clarity is also important, though most sapphires contain some inclusions. When it comes to cut, the goal is to enhance the sapphire's natural colour and maximize its brilliance. 

Creativity in Sapphire Ring Design

The versatility of sapphires allows for a high degree of creativity in ring design. Beyond the traditional solitaire, sapphires can be set in various ways that highlight their beauty. Halo settings, which feature a circle of diamonds around the main stone, can accentuate a sapphire’s colour and make the ring appear larger and more brilliant. Mixed stone settings that combine sapphires with other gemstones like diamonds or emeralds offer a distinctive look that can be tailored to personal tastes.  The Afina Sapphire and Diamond Ring is a testament to a sapphire’s versatility; the shared square claws highlight the princess-cut shape of the stones

Meaden’s Hummingbird Cocktail Ring is a testament to superior craftsmanship and artistry.  The delicately set stones in contrasting colours accent the vibrant blue of the sapphires.  The pinks and greens of the surrounding stones, coupled with the striking brilliance of platinum and white diamonds work in tandem to highlight the depth of the sapphires. 

Sapphire Engagement Rings: A Symbol of Longevity and Love

Choosing a sapphire engagement ring is not only about aesthetics but also about purchasing a piece that will last. Sapphires are second only to diamonds in hardness, making them durable enough for everyday wear. This longevity makes them an ideal choice for engagement rings. Additionally, sapphires are believed to symbolize wisdom, virtue, and good fortune, adding deeper meaning to their choice as the centrepiece of an engagement ring. 

The Shyam Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring has a beautiful cushion cut sapphire, surrounded by a diamond halo, and accented by a diamond band.  The stately design ensures a lifetime of sparkle, whilst the additional 72 diamonds enhance the brilliance of the central stone, and help create a cohesive and stately look.   

Maintenance of Sapphire Engagement Rings

Maintaining a sapphire engagement ring ensures that its beauty and integrity are preserved for generations. Thankfully, due to the hardness and durability of sapphires, they require relatively simple care:

Regular Cleaning: To keep your sapphire sparkling, clean it regularly with a mixture of mild soap and warm water. Use a soft brush to gently remove any dirt or residue, especially around the setting where dust can accumulate.

Professional Check-ups: It’s a good idea to have your sapphire ring checked by a professional jeweller annually. They can inspect the setting, ensure that the stone remains secure and perform a professional cleaning.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals: While sapphires are hard and resistant to scratches, they can still be affected by harsh chemicals. Remove your ring during activities that could expose it to chemicals, such as cleaning or gardening.

The Timeless Choice of Sapphire Engagement Rings

Sapphire engagement rings represent a unique blend of beauty, durability, and meaning, making them a superb alternative to traditional diamond rings. With their variety in colour and shape, ability to be styled in creative and personalized ways, and the deep symbolic meanings they carry, sapphires offer something truly special for couples looking to mark their commitment.

At Meaden Master Jewellers, we are proud to help our clients source their ideal stone or create the perfect sapphire engagement ring that reflects their personal style and love story. Whether you are drawn to the classic blue sapphire or intrigued by the vibrant array of pink, yellow, or green sapphires, our team can assist you in selecting a gemstone that meets your exact specifications. We also offer the opportunity to repurpose heirloom sapphires or other gemstones into modern designs, ensuring your engagement ring is not only beautiful but also holds a meaningful narrative.