Vintage & Antique Sapphire Engagement Rings
In early 1981, women around the world swooned when Charles, Prince of Wales proposed to Lady Diana Spencer with a stunning sapphire engagement ring. The ring featured an oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds in an 18-karat white gold setting. But Diana wasn't the first royal woman to wear a famous sapphire engagement ring, nor was she the last.
Long before Charles and Diana made history first with the ring, then with the royal wedding, another royal woman sported a beautiful sapphire engagement ring. Napoleon Bonaparte gave his beloved Josephine a stunning ring consisting of a pear-shaped sapphire alongside a similarly sized pear-shaped diamond. This ring has survived being handed down from generation to generation, and is now one of the most famous engagement rings in the world. Learn More »
Edwardian Antique Sapphire Engagement Ring
Diamond hearts add starlit romance to the midnight sky of this antique Edwardian engagement ring's blue sapphire. The shoulders are set with heart-shaped trim plates, at the center of which is nestled a diamond. The hearts flank a round blue natural sapphire. A platinum integrated center cradles the sapphire in a fancy explosion of metalwork. Chevron etchings meander down the sides of the Edwardian band. Details: Antique, Edwardian. Platinum. Single cut diamonds; 0.05 carats. Round blue sapphire; 0.45 carats.
Vintage Style Engagement Ring with Sapphire
A bluebird flashes across winter's icy landscape in this vintage style engagement ring with sapphire. Diamonds cluster into a trio of hearts at the topsetting of the engagement ring. The hearts romantically hug the ring's centerpiece blue sapphire. Additional diamonds flank the sapphire and drizzle down the white gold shoulders. The cool combination of blues, whites lends hints of winter. Details: Vintage style. 18k white gold. Round brilliant cut diamonds; 0.83 carats. Round blue sapphire; 1.71 carats.
Victorian Antique Sapphire Engagement Ring
Diamonds spin around this Victorian engagement ring's blue sapphire like the ticking hands of an antique clock. Each time she looks at this antique engagement ring, she'll be reminded of your enduring love. Twelve rose cut diamonds encircle the blue sapphire in this engagement ring, ticking off minute by minute, hour by hour, the passage of time. Two additional diamonds highlight the shoulders of the 18k rose gold band. Details: Antique, Victorian. Circa 1875. 18k rose gold. Rose cut diamonds; 0.24 carats. Cushion cut sapphire; 0.76 carats.
White Sapphire Engagement Ring with Infinity Motif
In this vintage style engagement ring, infinity symbols and filigree details create a romantic setting for a white sapphire. Two triangular brilliant cut diamonds on the shoulders accent the white sapphire in this enchanting engagement ring. The ornately filigreed 18k white gold band is further enhanced with a collection of sixteen round brilliant cut diamonds. This is a (new) vintage style engagement ring ring.
Engagement Ring with Fancy Colored Diamonds
The glorious colors of fall accent this romantic Topazery Earth Collection antique style engagement ring. Fancy colored diamonds accent the bezel and shoulders while a yellow green sapphire mesmerizes at the center. A black rhodium finish adds depth to the 18k white gold mounting. This is a (new) antique style engagement ring.
Antique Style Sapphire Engagement Ring
This regal antique style sapphire engagement ring blends breathtaking color with diamond shimmer. The highlight of this antique style engagement ring is the vibrant blue sapphire at the center. A pair of round brilliant cut diamonds flanks this 1.54-carat gemstone. An additional forty-four round full cut diamonds cascade down the shoulders of the 18k white gold band. The total diamond weight of this engagement ring is 0.69 carats. This is a new sapphire engagement ring in the antique style.
Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Dramatic color and unusual elegance come together in this blue sapphire engagement ring. The 18k white gold band of this engagement ring is set along the shoulders and shank with a collection of seventy-four round brilliant cut diamonds that total 0.52 carats. Eight of these diamonds, four on each side, are arranged in a floral design. The diamond flowers flank a bewitching blue sapphire at the center. This is a vintage style (new) blue sapphire engagement ring.
Filigree Engagement Ring with White Sapphire
Paisley swirls of filigree flirt with diamonds in this engagement ring with white sapphire. A white sapphire is prong set above two hearts on the under bezel of this pierced and engraved vintage style engagement ring. An elaborate filigree design glitters with diamonds. Matching wedding bands are available for separate purchase. Details: Vintage Style (new). 18k white gold. Round full cut diamonds; 0.30 carats. Round white sapphire.
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More recently, Princess Diana's ring once again made history when her son, William, presented it to his fiancee, Kate Middleton, upon their engagement in October 2010.
As they've done for centuries, royals often set trends, and these famous pieces of jewelry open up numerous possibilities for contemporary brides who favor vintage or antique sapphire engagement rings.
Sapphire History and Legend
The word sapphire derives from two words: the Latin sapphirus, and the Greek sappheiros, both of which translate to "blue stone."
Sapphires have a long and storied history, dating back at least to ancient Rome and Greece, where they were thought to protect their owners from harm. In the Middle Ages, clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven. The stones have many other virtues attributed to them--romance, peace, wisdom, chastity--all of which make them both a powerful and beautiful choice for an engagement ring.
The Biblical Connection
If your faith is an important part of your wedding vows, then an antique sapphire engagement ring lends a bit of a Christian touch to your ceremony. In the Bible, Revelation 21:19, in describing a new heaven and a new earth, cites the sapphire as the second foundational stone. In addition, Ezekiel 10:1 describes the throne of God as being like a sapphire in appearance.
Variety and Colors
Blue is the most popular color choice for a sapphire ring. However, sapphires are available in a veritable rainbow of colors, from yellow, to green, to pink, and even black. Our sapphire engagement ring collection includes sapphire rings with exquisite touches such as diamond accents, lacy filigree, and fishtail designs. Round, cushion, and emerald cut sapphires are all well represented. Delicate or bold, understated or stunning, simple or fancy, you'll find a spectacular sapphire ring to suit your personal style. We offer antique, vintage, and antique style (new) sapphire rings. The sapphire engagement ring you've been dreaming about is waiting for you here!