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      Engagement ring spotlight: Sapphire

      Sapphire engagement rings are one of the most popular coloured gemstone designs on offer. Many couples love the sapphire as an affordable yet durable alternative to diamonds with a striking and unique finish. Beyond their vibrant appearance, the meaning behind the gemstone could be a deciding factor in your search for the perfect engagement ring. Keep reading to find out more about this stunning gemstone and decide whether this could be the perfect choice for you.

      History of the sapphire

      Sapphires have been considered a treasure for thousands of years by a range of different cultures around the world. The Ancient Persians were convinced that the earth was built upon a giant sapphire, the reflection colouring the skies blue. The colouring of blue sapphires and the blue tones of the sky led to sapphires being associated with heaven and the stars across many ancient cultures. Known as the “gem of the heavens”, it was also believed to possess powerful healing powers and give the wearer courage and protection from evil. For hundreds of years, royalty used sapphires to protect themselves from harm, appeal to a divine power and preserve the wearer from envy. In modern times, the royal significance of sapphires is associated with the British monarchy through the crown jewels and Princess Diana’s engagement ring, now worn by Kate Middleton.

      Is it popular?

      In the 21st century, sapphire engagement rings are believed to represent faithfulness and sincerity. The choice of this gemstone signifies a peaceful union built upon trust. It is also believed to bring good fortune to a couple and have a calming influence over the marriage. The blue sapphire ring trend began with Princess Diana and was reignited in 2010 when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton using his late mother’s ring. The September birthstone would automatically become the “something blue” at your wedding and is steadily increasing in value, making it a good investment. Sapphires come in a range of colours, but blue is the rarest, making it the most valuable.

      What should I look for in a sapphire engagement ring?

      For those wanting a coloured engagement ring, the sapphire is the most durable option other than coloured diamonds. Sapphire and diamond ring designs highlight the beautiful blue colouring against colourless white diamonds. The exclusive Midas range in this style uses platinum and white gold bands to complement the white diamonds and the cool tones of the featured sapphire. The beauty of sapphires is in their colour rather than their ability to catch and reflect light like diamonds, this means that the cut of the stone is less important. However, the natural colour of your stone will influence the cut that should be chosen as light coloured sapphires should have a deep cut to enhance the colour and dark sapphires should have a shallow cut to lighten the shade of the gemstone.

      The meaning behind this gemstone is what makes it truly special. If you’re interested in incorporating a sapphire into your engagement ring, visit one of our Westfield boutiques and talk to our jewellers in Sydney about the current collection. Our experienced master jewellers are also available to help you design your dream engagement ring.

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