Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings

Blue Sapphire Buyer's Guide

  • Long a tradition of European royalty, sapphire engagement rings have been surging in popularity thanks to Kate Middleton's sapphire engagement ring from Prince William. The 18-carat oval sapphire ring was originally Princess Diana's ring.
  • Sapphire is the gem of truth, symbolizing fidelity and the soul. This tradition makes sapphire rings the perfect symbol of a promise to wed.
  • The most important value factor for sapphire rings is the color of the sapphire, which should be a saturated medium blue, known as "cornflower." Baby blue and dark navy are more affordable.
  • Gemvara's sapphire is a royal blue natural sapphire from Sri Lanka with cutting so exceptional that it dances with brilliance.
  • Almost all sapphires, including the ones Gemvara sells, are heated to almost 2,000 degrees to see if the color and clarity will improve. You should assume every sapphire has been heated without a report from a respected lab like GIA or AGL that says otherwise.
  • Some sapphire on the market is diffusion-treated: chemicals are introduced into the top layer of the gem to create a rind of more intense color. These stones are less rare and so less valuable. Gemvara does not sell diffusion-treated sapphires.
  • Sapphire is the September birthstone, the gem of the fifth and 45th wedding anniversary, and the zodiac gem for Virgo.
  • Like ruby, its gem sibling, sapphire is the mineral corundum, a crystalline form of aluminum oxide that is so tough and durable it's used for windows on spacecraft and supermarket scanners.
  • Sapphire rings are durable and suitable for everyday wear. Clean with mild dish soap: use a soft brush behind the stone where dust can collect.
  • Learn more about sapphire in our Gem Library. Read about Kate Middleton's ring, royal sapphire engagement rings, and sapphire birthstones on our blog.

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