Rich in opulent colour and history, sapphire is one of the most prestigious and recognised gemstones in the world – those lucky September babies! With rich symbolism of truth, faithfulness and sincerity, the sapphire is the perfect gemstone to be set into meaningful eternity bands or as a statement engagement ring.
Sapphire gemstones are the symbol for a 45th wedding anniversary; a showstopping emerald cut sapphire cocktail ring and a three star set sapphire signet ring would be the perfect matching gift for a special couple!
Perhaps the most well-known piece of sapphire jewellery of our time is the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring, formally Princess Diana’s. The ring is set with a stunning 12ct Ceylonese sapphire cut into facets which is surrounded by fourteen bright solitaire diamonds in a white gold setting. For those who’s budget doesn’t quite stretch to such an extravagant purchase, we have a variety of diamond and sapphire rings that suit a range of styles and budgets – having the look of a princess for less!
You may think sapphires are always blue, but you would be mistaken – they come in all the colours of the rainbow in soft but well saturated tones! If you are looking for something a little different in your gemstone, a fancy coloured sapphire would be perfect to add vibrancy and wonder to your next jewellery purchase. A fancy coloured sapphire recently hit the news as Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring, set with a Padparadscha sapphire in a unique orangeish-pink colour. The coral toned gemstone is extremely rare and historically comes from Sri Lanka, complimenting those who prefer a warm coloured gemstone as opposed to the statement blue that sapphire gemstones usually have.
Sapphires are mined in many locations across the world but the best quality sapphires are known to come from Kashmir and Sri Lanka (formally Ceylon). Today the Kashmir source is depleted and these beautiful sapphires tend to only be found in antique jewellery. Today Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Australia are important sapphire sources. Australian sapphires are usually dark blue in colour and became commercially popular in the 1960s.
Whether you are looking for a piece of timeless sapphire and diamond jewellery or something more modern set with fancy coloured sapphires, Ramsdens has a large range of sapphire jewellery to suit all budgets!