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 »
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 gemstone. An additional forty-four round full cut diamonds cascade down the shoulders of the 18k white gold band.This is a new sapphire engagement ring in the antique style.
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 Engagement Ring, Circa 1920
The domed spider web setting of this Art Deco sapphire antique engagement ring casts an alluring spell. The platinum band of this Art Deco antique sapphire engagement ring is a stunning combination of pierced angular cutouts and textured Xs and fronds. Tucked amidst this spellbinding display are eighteen full and single cut diamonds. The cupola top setting captures a 0.97-carat round blue sapphire in its center. Circa 1920.
Vintage Engagement Ring with Sapphire
The focal point of this vintage engagement ring is a round faceted mixed cut blue sapphire. Weighing 1.10 carats, the centerpiece gemstone of this vintage engagement ring is flanked by two square French cut diamonds that total 0.23 carats of diamond weight. A platinum setting compliments this vintage engagement ring's exquisite details. Circa 1935.
Vintage Engagement Ring with Sapphires
A sapphire and diamond princess style ring features English hallmarks and a classic two toned design in this vintage ring. An 18k yellow gold band is topped with an 18k white gold gallery. A trio of round faceted mixed cut blue sapphires are set side by side across the top of the vintage ring. The sapphires have a combined gemstone weight of 1.01 carats. Sprinkled around this princess vintage engagement ring's blue sapphires are sixteen single cut diamonds that total 0.16 carats. Circa 1979.
White Sapphire Engagement Ring with Infinity Motif
In this vintage style engagement ring, infinity symbols and filigree details create a romantic setting. Two triangular brilliant cut diamonds on the shoulders accent a white sapphire in this enchanting ring. The ornately carved 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.
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.
Filigree Engagement Ring with Blue Sapphire
Paisley swirls of filigree flirt with diamonds in this vintage style engagement ring with a natural blue sapphire. A natural blue sapphire is prong set above two hearts on the under bezel of this 18k white gold sapphire engagement ring. The band has a lovely paisley filigree design with diamonds. Matching wedding. This is a (new) vintage style sapphire engagement ring.
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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!