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 a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, all 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 in history. Learn More »
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.
Sapphire and Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring
The romance of a tropical island honeymoon is captured in antique style sapphire engagement rings like this one. A collection of six pear brilliant cut diamonds are petal arranged at the shoulders of the 18k white gold band of this antique style engagement ring. An additional twenty round brilliant cut diamonds highlight them in a chevron array. Set in the middle of all this sparkle is a round blue sapphire. This is a new sapphire engagement ring in the antique style.
Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring with Swirling Band
Diamonds swirl around this engagement ring's lovely pink sapphire like blizzard ice crystals whirling through the winter air. Femininity and sparkle reign in this antique style engagement ring. The delicate blush of its focal point pink sapphire is soft and graceful. A collection of diamonds swirl around the sapphire, forming a hexagonal frame and then playfully criss-crossing down the shoulders. A shimmering 18k white gold setting adds to the ice crystal effect. Details: Antique Style. New. 18k white gold. Full cut diamonds; 0.46 carats. Pink sapphire; 0.86 carats.
Sapphire Engagement Ring with Garden Motif
Diamond petals flutter about the shank and shoulders of this garden-inspired sapphire engagement ring. Like petals dancing in a summer breeze, this vintage style engagement ring sets the warmth and beauty of a flower garden into motion. A violet-blue sapphire rises from the center of the 18k white gold band. Mille grain adds a splash of texture. Details: Vintage style. New. 18k white gold. Full cut diamonds; 0.11 carats. Round faceted mixed cut sapphire; 1.41 carats.
1930s Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Round single cut diamonds flirt with a deep blue sapphire in this 1930s vintage engagement ring. Bluer than the bluest summer sky, the sapphire that rises from the center of this 1930s engagement ring mesmerizes. It is flanked by a pair of round single cut diamonds at each side. The 14k white gold band in which it is set is highly polished. Sapphire engagement rings like this one give brides color, sparkle and shine. Details: Vintage. Circa 1930s. 14k white gold. Round single cut diamonds; 0.05 carats. Round sapphire; 0.71 carats.
Sapphire Engagement Ring
Blue and white teams up with filigree to create an architecturally inspired design in this vintage style sapphire engagement ring. A trio of diamond shapes creates an icy shimmer around a blue sapphire in this vintage style engagement ring. Trillion cut diamonds on the shoulders point to baguette cut diamonds on the shank. In addition, round cut diamonds create a glittering display around the filigreed paisley swirls. This is a (new) vintage style sapphire engagement ring.
Vintage Style Engagement Ring with Yellow Sapphire
A magnificent yellow sapphire glows with the warmth of the sun in this vintage style engagement ring. The pierced and carved band of this Edwardian inspired engagement ring combines a playful collection of swirls, milgraining and fleurs de lis. Ascending from the center of this metallic display is a stunning yellow sapphire. A pair of diamond accents flirts with the sapphire at the shoulders. Details: Vintage style. New. 18k white gold. Round brilliant cut diamonds; 0.11 carats. Round yellow sapphire; 0.92 carats.
Edwardian Vintage Inspired Engagement Ring
Carved flowers and milgrain trim create an elaborate design on the shank of this vintage style engagement ring with white sapphire. A white sapphire is prong set at the top of this romantic engagement ring. A carved band of flowers and leaves gives this vintage inspired ring a spring-garden feel. From the Topazery Dragonfly collection. Details: Vintage style (new). New. 18k white gold. Round sapphire; 0.82 carats.
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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!