Green Sapphire Engagement Ring on a hand.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Sapphire Engagement Ring

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Sapphire Engagement Ring

Thinking about popping the question or simply in the market for a ring that breaks away from the norm? A sapphire engagement ring might just be the gem you're looking for. Steeped in royal history and bursting with a spectrum of stunning colours, sapphires offer that perfect blend of durability, beauty, and uniqueness to symbolise your love. But why consider a sapphire over the more traditional diamond? And how do you pick the right one amidst the dazzling array of choices? From the deep significance behind these gems to tips on selecting the perfect hue and setting, we're here to guide you through the enchanting world of sapphire engagement rings. Whether you're drawn to the classic allure of deep blue, rich green or the rare charm of the Padparadscha sapphire, let’s take a look at why a sapphire engagement ring could be the crowning jewel in your love story. 

Peach Sapphire Bespoke Engagement Ring on Hand
This Peach Sapphire Cluster Ring is a custom-made engagement ring with a unique design for a client. Originally looking for a Blue Sapphire, the warmth of the peachy pink tones won them over. Most people don’t realise the wide range of colours that Natural Sapphires are created in, so I’m always happy to show clients the options that are available for their bespoke ring. 


The History and Significance of Sapphire Engagement Rings

Ancient Origins

Sapphires have been prized for thousands of years, not just for their looks but for the legends wrapped around them. People in ancient times were convinced that sapphires could ward off the evil eye and bring a bit of divine favour to the wearer. It’s no wonder, then, that royals and nobles were often spotted sporting sapphire solitaire rings, not just as a symbol of luxury but as a charm believed to protect and project power.

These precious stones were thought to keep you safe, ensure honesty, and even make peace among rivals. Back in the day, if you were wearing a sapphire, you weren’t just making a fashion statement; you were carrying a piece of celestial magic. It’s this mix of elegant beauty and ancient mystique that makes sapphires so special. 

Princess Diana Sapphire Ring


Princess Diana wearing one the most famous Sapphire Engagement Rings


The Royal Connection

There's something about sapphires that's always caught the eye of royalty, marking them as gems fit for a King or Queen. Their connection to blue-blooded lineage throughout history isn't just about sparkle; it's about carrying a piece of timeless beauty and significance. And when it comes to sapphire engagement rings, none shines brighter in the public imagination than the one chosen by Princess Diana, which now adorns the hand of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. This iconic ring isn't just a piece of jewellery; it's a symbol of royal heritage, love, and a thread that connects generations.

This very ring, with its stunning blue sapphire encircled by diamonds, catapulted sapphire engagement rings from a choice of the few to a global fascination. The royal connection infuses these gems with an added layer of glamour and prestige, making them a coveted choice for anyone looking to add a touch of regal elegance to their special moment. It's this blend of deep history, personal significance, and sheer beauty that makes sapphire engagement rings not just a statement of style, but a badge of love woven into the fabric of history.

Cornflower Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings

Among the various shades of sapphire, the cornflower blue sapphire engagement rings are particularly sought after. The sapphire is a pretty blue gem that resembles the cornflower and has an impressive and elegant soft blue color. The Cornflower Blue colour is much lighter that. the deep blue colour that you initially think of when picturing a Blue Sapphire and has a pastel tone to it. Teal sapphires have become a popular choice lately for a unique sapphire engagement ring, as they have a beautiful green blue warmth to them which looks wonderful when set in any colour metal.

Unique Parti Sapphires 

Now, for something truly unique, let's chat about parti-sapphires. These aren't your everyday gemstones; they're like the rebels of the sapphire family, flaunting not one but a mix of colours in a single stone. Imagine a sapphire that dances with shades of blue, green, grey and yellow, depending on the stone itself — that's the magic of a parti-sapphire. They're a testament to nature's artistry, each one a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Choosing a parti-sapphire for an engagement ring means embracing a piece that's as unique as your own love story. It's a choice that says you're not afraid to stand out from the crowd and celebrate love in vibrant, unexpected colours. Parti-sapphires are for those who want to add a splash of colour and a dash of individuality to their journey together.

Bespoke Part-Sapphire Ring


At Poppy Elder Fine Jewellery unique & bespoke rings are our speciality, and as part of The Signature Collection we have some beautiful Parti Sapphires and bi-colour sapphire engagement rings. Perfect for those looking for a truly unique engagement ring.


Choosing the Right Sapphire Engagement Ring

When choosing unique sapphire engagement rings, there are a few factors to consider. First, decide on the colour of the sapphire. While cornflower blue is a popular choice, sapphires come in a range of colours from deep blue to vibrant pink. In recent years Green Sapphire Engagement rings have become more popular, due to their similarity to Emeralds in colour, but are much more durable.

Next, consider the cut of the sapphire. The cut can greatly affect the sparkle and brilliance of the stone. Round and oval cuts are popular for sapphire engagement rings, but princess and cushion cuts can also be stunning. Emerald cut sapphires have a true elegance to them, and can be perfect for an Art Deco style Engagement ring. 

Finally, consider the setting. A simple solitaire setting allows the sapphire to take centre stage, with the colour of the gold being used to enhance the natural beauty of the stone. A diamond halo setting can be a great way to add some extra sparkle. Another great way to design your sapphire engagement ring is with a diamond either side, in a trilogy style ring. Whatever your choice, you won't be disappointed with the beauty of a natural sapphire.

Caring for Sapphire Engagement Rings

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • As with diamond rings, use a soft toothbrush and mild soap such as fairy liquid to clean sapphire rings. Make sure the plug is in the sink before you begin, or even better use a bowl with warm water in to ensure nothing disappears down the plughole by accident.
  • Avoid exposing sapphires to harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures as they can become damaged.
  • Regularly check the prongs and settings to ensure the sapphire is secure. If you are unsure you can have an annual check of your ring with a polish at the same time to bring your ring back to life.

Storage and Protection

  • Store sapphire rings in a separate compartment or pouch to prevent scratching. Although Sapphires are extremely hardwearing other jewellery such as diamonds can scratch them.
  • As with all jewellery, avoid wearing sapphire rings during activities that may cause damage
  • Consider getting insurance for your sapphire engagement ring to have peace of mind.


One of the unique Parti Sapphire Engagement Rings from The Signature Collection.

Popular questions about Sapphire Engagement Rings

Is Sapphire OK for an Engagement Ring?

Sapphire is more than just OK for an engagement ring; it's a brilliant choice! It's durable, coming in just behind diamonds on the hardness scale, meaning it can stand up to the daily wear and tear that an engagement ring goes through. Plus, with its stunning array of colours and the unique touch it brings, a sapphire ring is perfect for those looking to add a bit of personality and distinction to their engagement.

What Does a Sapphire Ring Symbolise?

Sapphire rings are teeming with symbolism. Traditionally, they represent nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. A sapphire engagement ring tells a story of deep love and commitment, making it a meaningful choice for couples. It's a way to add a deeper layer of connection and significance to your engagement.

Is Blue Sapphire Cheaper Than Diamond?

Generally speaking, yes, blue sapphires tend to be more affordable than diamonds. This doesn't take away from their beauty or value; it simply means you can get a larger or more visually striking sapphire for the same price as a smaller diamond. However, the price can vary depending on the sapphire's quality, size, and rarity.

Do Sapphires Look Better in White or Yellow Gold?

This one's all about personal preference and the particular shade of the sapphire. Blue sapphires often pop beautifully against the crisp, clean backdrop of white gold, or Platinum, giving a modern and timeless look. On the other hand, yellow gold can warm up the blue and yellow tones, offering a more vintage or classic vibe. There's no right or wrong here; it's all about what speaks to you and your style.

What Colour Sapphires are Most Expensive?

The most prized and typically the most expensive sapphire colour is a rich, vivid blue. This iconic blue sapphire, especially with a velvety depth and vibrant saturation, can fetch higher prices. However, the rare pink-orange Padparadscha sapphires can also command top dollar due to their unique and captivating hue.

What Colour Sapphire is Most Rare?

Speaking of rare, the Padparadscha sapphire, with its mesmerising blend of pink and orange, is among the rarest and most sought-after colours. This exotic gemstone is celebrated for its striking beauty and unique colour, making it a treasure for collectors and a standout choice for an engagement ring.

Are Dark or Light Sapphires Better?

"Better" is a bit subjective when it comes to the shade of sapphires. Light sapphires can showcase clarity and sparkle, offering a delicate and subtle beauty. Dark sapphires, on the other hand, provide depth and intensity, often making a bold statement. The best choice depends on your personal preference and the look you're going for. Both can be equally stunning in their own right, offering something special to those who wear them.

Choosing a sapphire engagement ring is a beautiful way to celebrate your love, with each colour and shade telling its own unique story. Whether you're drawn to the traditional blue, the rare Padparadscha, or any colour in between, there's a sapphire out there that's perfect for your special moment.

If you would like to design your own bespoke Sapphire Engagement Ring I have a selection of unique Sapphires available to help start the process.

So should you choose a Sapphire Engagement Ring?

We’ve covered a lot, and I’m sure you can see why the elegance of sapphire engagement rings makes them a popular choice for couples looking for a unique and meaningful symbol of their love. Whether you prefer the classic appeal of cornflower blue sapphire engagement rings or the modern appearance of green sapphire and diamond cluster rings, there's a sapphire engagement ring to suit every style and budget.


If you’d like to discuss designing your own sapphire engagement ring, I’d love to hear from you! Please email or call (+44) 0121 798 1017


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