Find antique sapphire engagement rings, estate and vintage sapphire engagement rings, filigree sapphire birthstone engagement rings, antique sapphire promise rings, and Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco sapphire engagement rings. Most of our unique antique style sapphire engagement rings can be also set with other gemstones or diamonds. You can design your own custom sapphire engagement ring using our unique blue sapphire engagement ring designs - the majority of our vintage style sapphire engagement bands shown in white gold can also be custom made for you in yellow gold, palladium or platinum by special order. Please contact us for details and expert advice on creating your perfect one of a kind heirloom blue sapphire engagement ring.
Sapphire Engagement Ring History and Sapphire Symbolism
Dating back to around 800 BC, sapphires have been highly prized and long associated with the sky and the heavens. Sapphire has symbolized faithfulness, truth, good health, loyalty, honesty, clear-thinking, and spiritual enlightenment. Ancient kings wore sapphires to protect them from harm, as sapphire was believed to be a preventative against poisoning and for its ability to influence spirits. Sapphire engagement rings date back thousands of years, and are a perfect traditional engagement ring choice in the present day.
Sapphires have a Mohs Hardness of 9 out of 10 (diamond is the hardest at 10), which gives them excellent wearability. This hardness and the durable nature of sapphire makes a sapphire engagement ring perfect for a lifetime of wear.
Sapphire Grades and Sapphire Grading
There is not a standardized system for grading sapphires as there is for diamonds. This means that you will find grading of sapphires which varies widely among jewelers and throughout the internet, making it difficult to choose your sapphire engagement band stone. With regard to sapphires and all colored gemstones, in order to communicate sapphire quality, some gem vendors and gemological laboratories use letter grades, some use number grades, and some use a system close to the GIA diamond grading system.
Bottom line, when shopping for a sapphire engagement ring, you will want to note that the criteria for grading sapphires and other colored gemstones does not correspond to anything a customer can use for exact sapphire quality comparison between different companies.
As we are GIA graduate gemologists, we choose to use the GIA grading system for sapphires and colored stones. According to the GIA colored stone grading system, our blue sapphire engagement rings all feature TYPE II - eye clean sapphires, with some inclusions under 10x magnification which can NOT be seen with the naked eye.
The value of a sapphire is determined by the size, cut, shape, and intensity of the color. The majority of blue sapphires are heat treated while still a rough crystal at very high temperatures before gem cutting to permanently enhance the color and clarity of the sapphire stone. As American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) members we guarantee our sapphires to be as described, and you are assured of the quality and value of the sappphire engagement ring stones in our rings.
Sapphire Engagement Ring Cleaning and Care
Normal - sapphires do not require any special care, making it easy to preserve and enjoy their beauty for a lifetime. To keep your engagement ring sapphire looking as clean as the first day you received it, your sapphire engagement ring can be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner, or with a jewelry steamer.
Notable Celebrity Sapphire Engagement Rings
The following royalty and celebrities are among the many who have received and worn sapphire engagement rings -
Princess Diana of Wales
Kate Middleton, Dutchess of Cambridge
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