Historically, sapphires have been loaded with symbolism and meaning. Going back centuries, the gems have been known to represent nobility, sincerity, and faithfulness. Certainly, diamonds held the top spot when it came to "gem of choice" for traditional engagement rings, but we think it's fair to say that a certain Princess (and her would-be daughter-in-law Kate Middleton) have cemented blue sapphires as the nontraditional bride's gem of choice. The world-famous ring was picked by Lady Diana Spencer herself from the royal collection back in the early 1980s, as she and Prince Charles prepared to marry. It was a "controversial" pick for many reasons, chief among which was that the design was for sale to the general public by the jeweler who originally designed it as a wedding gift for Queen Victoria. Royals typically had bridal jewelry custom made, and Lady Diana was often side-eyed for not opting for a rare or one-of-a-kind ring.
Needless to say that sort of "rebel spirit" would go on to be captured by many future brides, who would order versions of the the famous ring to be made. Even we were commissioned to create London, shown below (center).
In a way, The People's Princess (as she came to be known), threw up the proverbial middle finger to conventional norms, merging the worlds of old royalty and fairy tales with a modern alternative to the more traditional diamond solitaire.
Blue sapphires are believed to protect their wearers from "the evil eye" or envy and any harm that may result thereof. Natural sapphires- rated 2nd only to diamonds on the Mohs Scale of Hardness- come in many, many shades (including now-popular Pink Padparadsha sapphires), but the word "sapphire" is mostly associated with the classic blue hue shown in this post.
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