SAPPHIRE
ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Expertly designed and crafted using totally traceable gemstones, be captivated by our ethically sourced sapphire engagement rings.

SAPPHIRE
ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Expertly designed and crafted using totally traceable gemstones, be captivated by our ethically sourced sapphire engagement rings.

SAPPHIRE ENG RING

SAPPHIRE
ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Expertly designed and crafted using totally traceable gemstones, be captivated by our ethically sourced sapphire engagement rings.

SAPPHIRE ENG RING

SAPPHIRE
ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Expertly designed and crafted using totally traceable gemstones, be captivated by our ethically sourced sapphire engagement rings.

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Brett
2021-09-23
Fantastic from start to finish. The shop is located in a beautiful part of London which is easy to get to. Inside the shop itself I felt comfortable and relaxed. Being the first time buying an engagement ring I thought I might feel pressured but that was not the case. After ordering the ring communication was great throughout and delivery was on time. Upon opening the box I was taken aback by the how flawless the ring looked. I was genuinely lost for words. Thanks to all the staff at Ingle and Rhode that helped me pick the most perfect ring.
Tom Gittins
2021-09-12
Beautiful, ethical jewellery - can't recommend enough! I am so glad that I found Ingle & Rhode when looking to buy my partner an engagement ring - they are superb, and the products are wonderful. Buying an ethical ring was really important to my partner and I, and so I was immediately drawn in by Ingle & Rhode - unlike a lot of ethical jewellery companies, their rings are still very contemporary.. which was exactly what my partner wanted! I had a couple of calls with Ellie during the process, who was so helpful - despite not having a great idea of what to go for, she was decisive and led me towards my own decisions; highly recommend speaking with the team, because they are wonderful (and lovely people too). Can't recommend using Ingle and Rhode highly enough - my partner loved the ring that I chose, and we would definitely use them again for jewellery in the future.
Mr Runcieman
2021-08-24
Excellent process for bespoke engagement ring Excellent process, from start to finish. I emailed to begin the process of designing a bespoke ring. Within 2 days I had an in person meeting to discuss ideas. I was shown some examples and given brilliant advice by Ellie, who I found extremely reassuring throughout. The designer, Hayley, sent me initial sketches 1-2 weeks after the in person appointment. Hayley was very patient and again provided brilliant advice. Hayley was quick to create new design iterations based on my feedback. After many back and forward emails, the design was finalised and CAD mockups were provided. The mockups were extremely accurate when comparing with the finished product. The entire process, from first email to collection, took 6 weeks for a bespoke ring made with recycled platinum and a beautiful pear diamond (which was 2-4 weeks faster than their estimate). Communication was excellent and they were very keen to fit deadlines around plans I had in place. Ring resizing was required (my estimations were 4 sizes off!). I rang to book an appointment for a professional measurement and was able to meet the same day with short notice. The ring is to be collected within 7 working days. Overall the entire process was excellent. I felt very well looked after, very reassured and found all staff genuinely trustworthy. Above all else, my partner loves the ring and we are both extremely happy.
Shepsky
2021-08-06
From Russia With Love Cannot express how grateful I am to have ended up using Ingle & Rhode to construct an engagement ring for my now fiancé! I was absolutely clueless how to go about finding a ring but quickly realised I knew what style I wanted and enquired about designing and constructing a ring. From the moment Ellie got in touch she made the whole experience effortless and with Hayley's design help produced drawings of a ring that were exactly what I had pictured - all this achieved via email from an oil rig in Eastern Russia! I received the ring once home and upon opening the box I could not believe Ingle & Rhode were able to turn a few emails into such a perfect and incredible ring that was just a thought I my head only weeks before. We are now very happily engaged and the ring could not mean more to us given the nature of how it came to be and what it now represents. Once again, I cannot thank Ellie enough. All the best Ally
Umang Joshi
2021-07-26
Perfection. From the initial meet to the final ring, ever step of the process was incredibly. I surprised my (now) fiancé with a diamond ring and everything was perfect. Would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to get an engagement ring for their partner.
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Why is ethical sourcing so important?

Without proper ethical sourcing, you may unwittingly buy a blood diamond, helping finance criminal armies in war-torn areas. The only way to guarantee a diamond is ethical is to go beyond the flawed  Kimberley Process and trace it to its source, which we do for all of our diamonds.

Ethical sourcing also means protecting the environment and human rights, which is why we use recycled or Fairtrade gold, as well as Fairmined silver and recycled platinum.

Why is ethical sourcing so important?

Without proper ethical sourcing, you may unwittingly buy a blood diamond, helping finance criminal armies in war-torn areas. The only way to guarantee a diamond is ethical is to go beyond the flawed Kimberley Process and trace it to its source, which we do for all of our diamonds.

Ethical sourcing also means protecting the environment and human rights, which is why we use recycled or Fairtrade gold, as well as Fairmined silver and recycled platinum.

Commitment to Fairtrade and ethical sourcing
Commitment to Fairtrade and ethical sourcing

Why is ethical sourcing so important?

Without proper ethical sourcing, you may unwittingly buy a blood diamond, helping finance criminal armies in war-torn areas. The only way to guarantee a diamond is ethical is to go beyond the flawed Kimberley Process and trace it to its source, which we do for all of our diamonds.

Ethical sourcing also means protecting the environment and human rights, which is why we use recycled or Fairtrade gold, as well as Fairmined silver and recycled platinum.

How to choose a sapphire

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a clear rise in the number of clients choosing sapphire engagement rings, a trend which started even before Prince William proposed to Duchess of Cambridge with a sapphire ring.

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 withstanding the wear and tear that engagement rings are subjected to. Part of its popularity might also be explained by the fact that sapphires tend to be priced attractively compared to the other major engagement ring gemstones — diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

Unlike diamonds, it is relatively unusual for sapphires to be certified. Even certified sapphires are not graded against universally accepted criteria for colour, clarity and cut in the way that diamonds are. 

Bigger isn’t always better

Like all gemstones, the size of a sapphire is expressed in terms of its carat weight, with 1 carat equal to 0.2 grams. It’s worth bearing in mind that sapphire is more dense than diamond, so a sapphire will be smaller than a diamond of the same weight.

It’s not always the case that ‘bigger equals better’, as a really large sapphire could be impractical for an engagement ring that is going to be warn on a daily basis. Cost is also a consideration, as the value of a sapphire will tend to increase exponentially with size. In other words, if you double the size of a sapphire then the value of the stone will more than double.

Blue isn’t the only colour

Most sapphires are blue, but they also come in a range of pinks, yellows, purples, oranges and greens.

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Many clients prefer a rich royal blue or peacock blue shade, that looks good under various light sources. In bright daylight really pale stones can look ‘washed out’, while very dark sapphires tend to perform less well under weaker light. It’s also important to consider the colour’s hue – some clients like a hint of violet behind the dominant blue.

Look out for zoning

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It is not unusual for the colour of a sapphire to be unevenly distributed within a stone, creating patches of light and dark. This is known as zoning, and can give sapphires a slightly stripy appearance, as shown in the stone on the left. Often sapphires are cut so that any zoning is not visible when the stone is viewed from above, which means that with an appropriate setting (such as a rub-over setting) the zoning will be invisible in the finished jewellery.

Most sapphires have some inclusions

Sapphires are defined as ‘Type 2’ gemstones by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This means it’s very rare to find sapphires that are entirely free of natural blemishes or ‘inclusions’.

For most clients the important thing is how the stone looks to their naked eye, and if a sapphire has one or two very small inclusions this is often considered acceptable. If you’re looking for a flawless sapphire, just be aware that these can be extremely expensive!

Ovals and cushions offer best value

A gem cutter’s job is to maintain as much weight as possible, while also achieving the best possible colour and pleasing proportions. The facets should be sharply defined, with a smooth finish. Sapphires can often be left quite deep relative to their total weight. It’s worth taking time to check how well a sapphire has been finished, as not all cutters are equally skilful or careful.

Most rough sapphire crystals have an elongated shape, which means that cutting to oval or rectangular cushion shapes will tend to preserve the most weight. As a result, there is normally a good selection of top-quality stones to choose from in these shapes. While it is possible to source other shapes, there is less choice, and they tend to trade at a premium.

Look out for undisclosed treatment

Unless a supplier tells you otherwise, you should assume that a sapphire has experienced heat enhancement. This technique is so common and so well-established within the industry that it’s not generally thought necessary to disclose it. This is a centuries-old process to improve the colour and clarity of a sapphire, and leaves it in a stable state that won’t alter over time.

A few sapphires are naturally so good that the supplier will decide not to have them heated. Often these stones will be sent to a laboratory for certification, and will be supplied with paperwork to confirm ‘no evidence of thermal enhancement’. As you might expect, certified unheated sapphires tend to trade at a significant premium.

There are two treatments in particular that you ought to be wary of. The first is diffusion, which involves heating sapphires alongside materials like titanium or beryllium, which diffuse into the crystal. The result is a layer of strong colour near the surface, which doesn’t permeate all the way through the stone. Subsequent chipping or re-cutting will reveal the true colour within. The second is fracture filling, where inclusions are filled with resin or lead-glass to improve a sapphire’s clarity. At first glance the stone might appear better looking, but the more this is done, the weaker the stone becomes.

Fracture-filled and diffused sapphires are not valuable, and should never be sold without full disclosure of these treatments. If you are in any doubt, you should ask to have a sapphire examined by an independent gemologist before making a decision.

Ethical sapphires

At Ingle & Rhode, we source only sapphires that have been produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way, and which we can trace back to mine of origin. The only treatment we accept is heating, and we also offer unheated sapphires.

 In the gallery below, you can view the selection of sapphire engagement rings that we have available in our collection. We’d also be delighted to design and make a bespoke ring to your specifications and set with the sapphire of your choice. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can browse through some of the bespoke rings we’ve created for previous clients.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or to discuss commissioning your own bespoke design.

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.

  • From £1500
  • Design to delivery in 4-6 weeks
  • Complimentary sketches of potential designs to bring your unique ideas to life
  • Work one-to-one with an I&R designer to create a truly unique masterpiece

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.

  • From £1500
  • Design to delivery in 4-6 weeks
  • Complimentary sketches of potential designs to bring your unique ideas to life
  • Work one-to-one with an I&R designer to create a truly unique masterpiece

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.

  • From £1500
  • Design to delivery in 4-6 weeks
  • Complimentary sketches of potential designs to bring your unique ideas to life
  • Work one-to-one with an I&R designer to create a truly unique masterpiece
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