Sapphires have come to signify a variety of qualities for cultures all over the world. Western tradition places sapphire as the gemstone for the 45th wedding anniversary, whilst a sapphire jubilee occurs after 65 years.
Sapphire is also the birthstone for those born in September. Birthstone jewellery is a common (yet personal) gift and those born in September are lucky enough to be on the receiving end of sapphire jewellery.
Traditionally, sapphire is symbolic of nobility, truth, sincerity and faithfulness. It is also associated with royalty and romance. ‘Royal blue’ sapphire hues have adorned the robes of royalty and clergy members for centuries.
Throughout history, sapphires have remained culturally significant. This is in part due to the fame that surrounds many of the world’s most popular sapphires. These include:
- Princess Diana’s engagement ring: This blue sapphire engagement ring has inspired brides to be around the world for decades. Princess Diana’s ring consisted of a stunning central 12 carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds.
- Star of India: This is one of the largest sapphires in the world. It weighs in at an astonishing 563.35 carats, and features a unique star shape that appears on both sides.
- Stuart Sapphire: This piece of history is a sapphire that was acquired by the ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II in the 14th century. It is a cabochon-cut sapphire that weighs 104 carats. The Stuart sapphire is actually a part of the Crown Jewels.
Why Choose Antique Sapphires?
AC Silver offers an impressive range of sapphire jewellery. The diverse collection of sapphire jewellery contains fine examples from antique and vintage eras, including sapphire pieces with Art Deco and Retro designs and examples with more modern mid-twentieth century styles.
Antique sapphires would make a wonderful addition to any jewellery box. They are hard wearing and durable, and as such make an excellent investment for day to day wear. Additionally, the rainbow of hues they appear in means that there truly is a sapphire piece out there for everyone, no matter what your style.
As coloured gemstones for engagement rings continue to grow in popularity, there is no better time to invest in a sapphire ring. This is the perfect way to add some personality to an engagement ring; the pop of colour adds a twist to tradition whilst still remaining a timeless piece. Sapphire jewellery has charmed the world for centuries, and we have no doubt that they will remain enduringly popular for years to come.