Princess Diana's sapphire engagement ring made its way to Kate Middleton for her engagement to Prince William, and the Windsors aren't the only VIPs known for this spectacular stone. Fun fact: Sapphires aren't only blue, and they've been celebrated throughout history as the stone of royalty.
In its most classic form, this regal stone is a rich blue; but there are many other colorful “fancy sapphires” one can sport. Think every shade under the sun: from pinks and purples, to warmer yellow, orange, and more. If you covet a non-traditional engagement ring, whether blue or bright pink (and with the same durability as a diamond) then channel your inner royal with any of these 38 rainbow-colored rings.
The most valuable sapphires originate from Kashmir, Ceylon, Burma, and Sri Lanka. This Sri Lankan pink sapphire is naturally this vibrant in color—and as a result, is a real show-stopper.
Platinum ring with unheated Sri Lankan pink sapphire and round brilliant cut diamonds, price upon request, vramjewelry.com.
Sapphires can produce a beautiful “star effect,” or asterism when they catch the light. This occurs when natural inclusions create a star pattern of rays on the surface of a cabochon-cut sapphire, which is also called a “star sapphire.”
Star sapphire cabochon ring with radiant diamonds and pave diamonds in 18K gold , price upon request, 212.382.1243.
This setting gives us serious angelic vibes, perfectly suited for this stone, which some religions believe represents the heavens. According to some old lore, it was once believed that a sapphire's reflections in the earth was what made the sky blue.
“Eventails” ring cushion-cut sapphire and diamonds in platinum, price upon request, VanCleefArpels.com.
Playing with color, shape and variety, Sharon Kzazzam creates tiny pieces of artwork with her rings, like this East-West set sapphire stunner.
“Deidre” ring platinum and eighteen-karat rose gold ring with a natural faceted oval sapphire with white diamonds, Brazilian Paraiba tourmalines, and emerald-cut faceted brown diamonds, $38,800 sharonkhazzam.com.
The deep royal blue of sapphires is said to envoke, well, royalty. After all, this gemstone was popular amongst the royals for centuries. Even more, up until the late 17th century, sapphires were said to only be for royals to wear; anyone else sporting them would be punished.
Sapphire ring, $1,900, sheryllowejewelry.com.