Sapphire Engagement Rings
Most often seen as a blue gemstone, sapphires actually come in a wide range of colours including yellow, pink, orange and green. All our our stunning sapphire engagement rings are beautifully crafted from recycled or Fairtrade precious metals and set with ethically-sourced traceable gemstones.
Choosing a sapphire engagement ring
There are many reasons to choose a sapphire engagement ring. Sapphire is the September birthstone, but equally, if you just want something a little more unusual than a diamond, then a sapphire ring could be the perfect option. Formed from a mineral called corundum, sapphire is a very hard gemstone (only diamond is harder), scoring 9 on the Mohs scale. This makes it well suited to withstand the wear and tear that engagement rings are subjected to.
At Ingle & Rhode, we source sapphires from Sri Lanka, the US, Australia and Malawi that have been produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way. The only treatment we accept is heating, and we also offer unheated sapphires.
We make all of our sapphire engagement rings to order – you get to choose your favourite sapphire from our large selection of gorgeous, ethically sourced gemstones, and then we'll design and make your ring to your specifications. Learn more about sapphires and our bespoke design service. If you'd like to meet with us at our London premises or would just like to have a chat by phone, email or video call, please feel free to get in touch. We'd love to hear from you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are sapphires suitable for engagement rings?
Yes, sapphires are suitable for engagement rings. In fact, sapphire engagement rings have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their beauty, durability, and affordability relative to diamonds. Sapphires score 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (second only to diamonds which score 10). This makes sapphires a practical choice for everyday wear and tear, which is important for an engagement ring intended to be worn for a lifetime. Additionally, sapphires are available in various colours and styles, allowing for a unique and personalized look and making them a popular option for those looking for an alternative to a traditional diamond engagement ring.
How much do sapphire engagement rings cost? Are they more expensive than diamond rings?
The cost of a sapphire engagement ring can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including the quality, size, and colour of the sapphire, as well as the design and materials used in the setting.
Generally speaking, sapphire engagement rings tend to be less expensive than diamond engagement rings of comparable quality and size, but the cost can still vary greatly depending on the specific ring.
At Ingle & Rhode, a simple, classic solitaire sapphire engagement ring in 18ct gold or platinum can cost anywhere from about £1000 upwards.
How do you clean and care for a sapphire engagement ring?
Sapphire engagement rings are resistant to scratches, chips, and other forms of damage, making them a practical choice for those with an active lifestyle. However, it's essential to remember that no gemstone is completely indestructible, and even sapphires can be damaged under extreme conditions.
To ensure the longevity of a sapphire engagement ring, it's essential to take proper care of it by avoiding exposure to harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures and having it inspected and cleaned by a professional jeweller regularly. With good care, a sapphire engagement ring can last for generations.
To clean and care for a sapphire engagement ring, follow these steps:
- Avoid wearing your sapphire engagement ring when doing activities that may scratch or damage the ring, such as working out or doing household chores.
- To clean your sapphire engagement ring, soak it in a bowl of warm water with a few drops of mild washing-up detergent for about 20-30 minutes, then gently scrub the ring with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can scratch the surface of the ring.
- Take your sapphire engagement ring to your jeweller for regular inspections to check for loose stones or damage to the setting. At Ingle & Rhode, we offer this service for free to our customers, and can also clean your ring using ultrasonic technology.
- Store your sapphire engagement ring in a soft jewellery pouch or box to protect it from scratches and other damage when you're not wearing it.
By following these tips, you can keep your sapphire engagement ring looking beautiful and sparkling for years.
What are some famous sapphire engagement rings?
Sapphire engagement rings have been popular among celebrities and royals for many years. Here are a few famous sapphire engagement rings:
- Princess Diana's engagement ring features a large oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds. The ring, now worn by Catherine, Princess of Wales, was created by Garrard & Co. in 1981 and has since become one of the most famous engagement rings in history.
- Elizabeth Hurley's engagement ring features a large square-cut sapphire surrounded by diamonds. The ring was given to her by Australian businessman Shane Warne in 2011.
- Penelope Cruz's engagement ring features a vintage-inspired design with a large oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds. The ring was given to her by actor Javier Bardem in 2010.
- Victoria Beckham's engagement ring features a sizeable marquise-cut diamond flanked by two pear-shaped sapphires. The ring was given to her by David Beckham in 1998 and has since become one of the most iconic celebrity engagement rings.
- Katy Perry's engagement ring features a large oval pink sapphire surrounded by diamonds. The ring was given to her by actor Orlando Bloom in 2019 and has since become a popular choice among those looking for a unique and colourful engagement ring.
What colours do sapphires come in for engagement rings?
Sapphires come in a wide range of colours, including blue, pink, yellow, green, purple, orange, and colourless.
While blue sapphires are the most popular choice for engagement rings, other colours of sapphires can also make beautiful and unique engagement ring options.
Blue sapphires come in a range of shades, from light sky blue to deep navy blue. Some of the most prized blue sapphires have a rich, velvety blue hue and are often called "cornflower blue" sapphires.
Pink sapphires are also popular for engagement rings, with shades ranging from light pink to deep magenta. Pink sapphires are often associated with love, romance, and femininity.
Yellow and orange sapphires have a warm, sunny hue that can make a striking contrast to the cool tones of white or platinum settings.
Green sapphires are also becoming increasingly popular for engagement rings, with shades ranging from light mint green to deep forest green.
Ultimately, the choice of sapphire colour for an engagement ring will depend on personal preference and the overall style and design of the ring.
What is the meaning of sapphire engagement rings?
A sapphire engagement ring can hold special meaning and significance for the wearer and their partner, whether chosen for its beauty, durability, or symbolic value.
Sapphire is the September birthstone, so if you or your partner is a September baby, a sapphire engagement ring could be a great option.
Historically, sapphires have been associated with royalty and nobility. Additionally, sapphires are believed to represent loyalty, trust, and sincerity, making them a meaningful symbol for a commitment as significant as an engagement.
In some cultures, sapphires are also believed to have healing and protective properties, and wearing a sapphire engagement ring may be seen as a way to bring these positive energies into one's life.
What is the difference between natural and lab-grown sapphire engagement rings?
The main difference between a natural and lab-grown sapphire engagement ring is how the sapphire is created. Natural sapphires are formed deep within the earth's crust, while lab-grown sapphires are created in a controlled environment using a process known as the Verneuil process or flame fusion method. This involves melting small sapphire crystals and allowing them to crystallize slowly to create a larger gemstone.
Natural sapphires are mined from the earth and can vary widely in quality and colour depending on their origin and the conditions in which they were formed. Because natural sapphires are rare and difficult to find in high-quality gemstone form, so they are more expensive than lab-grown sapphires. Lab-grown sapphires can be made in various colours and are typically less expensive than natural sapphires.
When choosing between a natural or lab-grown sapphire engagement ring, the decision will depend on personal preferences and values. Some people prefer the uniqueness and natural beauty of a natural sapphire. In contrast, others may choose the more affordable and sustainable option of a lab-grown sapphire.
Sapphire: the September birthstone
Choosing the right ring size
How much to spend on an engagement ring
Platinum vs gold rings
A guide to birthstones
Emerald: the May birthstone
Ruby: the July birthstone
How to choose an engagement ring
The Bespoke Experience
If you’d like a ring that’s completely personal to you, then our bespoke design service is the perfect way to bring your vision to life. From the initial design process to the hand finishing by our master craftsmen, we’ll help you to create a uniquely ethical ring that’s right in every way.
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My experience from start to finish was superb
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The Jewellery Journey
Discover how your ring will be brought to life, from our designer’s hand-drawn sketches to the remarkable skills of our master craftsmen.
Discover how your ring will be brought to life, from our designer’s hand-drawn sketches to the remarkable skills of our master craftsmen.