Belonging to the corundum family of minerals and scoring a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, sapphire is an incredibly strong gemstone, ideal for everyday wear in engagement rings.
Sapphires are mined all over the world from Australia and India to Cambodia, Madagascar, Tanzania and even the United States.
They’re not just blue. In fact, there available in a rainbow of exciting colour choices, from rich dark indigo blue to fresh, vibrant ocean spray blue, to black, white (colourless), orange, brown, champagne, peach and even green.
Extremely rare Padparadscha sapphires (the perfect luscious balance of peach and pink) command the highest price.
Sapphires look stunning set in both contemporary and traditional ring designs and are often enriched by heat treatment or thermal enhancement to improve colour and clarity permanently.
Since sapphire is the birthstone for September, a sapphire engagement ring is perfect for those born in that month or even for autumnal engagements. It’s also the modern fifth wedding anniversary gift symbolising truth and loyalty.
Princess Diana’s blue oval sapphire with diamond halo engagement ring is among the most famous now worn by her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.