Sapphire Stories

When I ask people what they love about sapphires, the answer is almost always the same. It is the deep Pacific blue that captures the imagination and inspires collectors. Never mind that sapphires actually come in every color of the rainbow, except red (that’s when we call them rubies).

When we think of sapphires, the birthstone of September, most people think Kashmir or Ceylon blue. One of the most well known sapphires of today belongs to Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, but few people know the controversial stories behind the celebrated ring that once belong to Diana, Princess of Wales. Read on for some surprising sapphire stories as well as jewelry selections inspired by royalty, only without the controversy!

The “Commoner’s Sapphire”

Back in 1981 Garrard jewelers presented Lady Diana with a selection of rings from which to choose her engagement ring from Prince Charles. Everyone was shocked when she chose the 18 carat sapphire from the selection that was shown to her. The expectation was that she would have a custom ring made! Well, Princess Diana would continue to defy expectations and establish herself (and her stunning ring ) as a fashion icon.

Gemstone rings as engagement rings have steadily been gaining in popularity. Think of your sapphire engagement ring as a symbol of true blue loyalty:

Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Hand Engraved, Vintage Reproduction, Platinum

Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Hand Engraved, Vintage Reproduction, Platinum, $6500

“Cloak and Dagger”

Controversy would continue to follow Diana’s ring. After her untimely death on Aug 31st, 1997, it was actually prince Harry who chose to keep her sapphire engagement ring as a memento, not William. But Harry’s feeling that the ring should be worn by the future Queen of England led him to relinquish the ring to his older brother. Prince William took the ring from a royal safe in what has been widely called a “cloak and dagger” operation. He carried it with him everywhere he went throughout his travels in Africa where he ultimately proposed to Kate Middleton.

Feel like a princess in our gorgeous oval blue sapphire and diamond earrings:

Oval Sapphire and Diamond Earring, 14K White Gold

Oval Sapphire and Diamond Earring, 14K White Gold, $595

We Have the Sapphire Jewelry for You

The ring that was once scoffed at by certain people has become truly emblematic of romance, royalty, and fine taste. Sapphires are among the most prized of gemstones, and our fashion forward collection shows them in their best light.

Our inside-out sapphire hoops will take you anywhere:

Sapphire Inside-Out Hinged Hoop Earring,14 Karat White Gold

Sapphire Inside-Out Hinged Hoop Earring,14 Karat White Gold, $395

The floral motif and clusters of diamonds make this sapphire bracelet desirable and right on trend:

Floral Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet, 14K White Gold

Floral Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet, 14K White Gold, $1150

No matter what kind of sapphire jewelry you buy, you can shop with confidence at Fortunoff. Think of us as your own personal jeweler, expertly selecting exceptional quality with prices that make sense. Come to us first and let our website be your own royal tray to choose from! No customization necessary.

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