Sapphires have been prized for centuries for their beauty and durability, making them an excellent choice for any piece of jewellery. Sapphires were highly valued as a symbol of love, truth, and commitment. They are a favourite here at Astranova Jewellery.
Why Couples Are Choosing Sapphire Engagement Rings
There are many reasons to choose a sapphire for an engagement ring. Historically, the celestial blue color of this stunning gemstone symbolized heaven and was worn to attract divine blessings. With a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, sapphires are able to stand the test of time and everyday wear, making them an ideal alternative to diamonds.
Sapphires are also regal stones with the highest valued colour tone being known as Royal blue. Sapphires were a favorite of Queen Elizabeth, who owned a brooch, tiara, bracelet, and earrings made of brilliant blue stones.
Popularized in recent times by Princess Diana, her iconic ring is now worn by her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton. It is a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire set in 18k white gold and surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds.
Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring boasts a padparadscha sapphire in a unique orange-pink shade. Padparadscha sapphire is one of the rarest sapphires on earth.
Our principal designer, Simon Yaghdjian, has many years of experience setting and working with this unique stone. A custom sapphire engagement ring can be created to reflect your personality from modern and minimal lines to more elaborate creations.
A Versatile Stone In a Rainbow of Colours
Sapphires are known for their outstanding range of colors. While many of the world’s most famous sapphires are blue, this gemstone comes in a kaleidoscope of other colors from orange, green, and pink to yellow and violet.
Colour is only one aspect you should consider. Pairing the stone with a suitable metal is another essential factor. Diamonds and sapphires look wonderful against white gold and platinum. They also work well with warmer tones of yellow and rose gold, as seen in our Juliet earrings, where Simon used an ombre of custom-colored sapphires to accent the pink tourmaline.
Like diamonds, sapphires look beautiful cut in many different shapes—cushion cut, oval, round, square as well as more unusual, fancy cuts and fantasy cuts—all show off the stone’s vibrant color. Our Master stone-setter and designer, Simon, can help you choose the perfect shape and cut that will give your piece maximum brilliance.
The Perfect Stone for Any Piece of Jewellery
A sapphire’s hardness is second only to diamonds, being awarded a 9 on the Mohs scale. Hardness and durability of the stone are needed to enjoy your brilliant jewellery every day. The higher the hardness on the Mohs scale ensures protection against scratches and chips. This is key for longevity. Sapphires make a luxurious choice for any piece from earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets. Come and see the wide variety of unique custom pieces Simon has designed over the years, you’re sure to be inspired.
Because sapphires have been a discerning choice of gemstone for many years, chances are you have a pendant, bracelet or earrings that have been passed down to you from previous generations. Redesigned heirloom jewelry is a specialty here at Astranova. It’s a wonderful way to honor loved ones while keeping their memories alive. We can repurpose or restore heirloom pieces that combine something old and something new, creating a unique piece cherished for generations to come.
Our designer Simon Yaghdjian collaborates closely with each client. Every client is included in the design process, helping Simon meet all your wants and needs. With his exceptional background in stone setting, paired with his exquisite taste in design, every piece is created with excellence at every step. Book an in-person consultation with Astronova today
Sapphires and Rubies
The proper name for the mineral that is sapphire is corrundum. Rubies are also corrundum, and at some point on the colour spectrum, there is a transition between pink sapphire and ruby.