Sapphire rings have been known and loved by people for thousands of years. The Ancient Greeks believed that the world’s first ring contained a sapphire. Rulers of Ancient Persia believed that the sky had been painted blue by the reflection of sapphires. Others wore it for protection while travelling. They have a life and depth of colour that is at once entrancing and exciting.
The most prized sapphires come from the Kashmir region of northern India. They have a rich blue luster and are captivating. The Kashmir mines were mostly exhausted during the 1880s; Burmese sapphires are also highly prized, but political events make the region very difficult to access. Nowadays sapphires are mostly mined in Sri Lanka and Madagascar. Kate Middleton’s engagement ring contains a 12 carat Sri Lankan Sapphire.
Historically, sapphires were considered a stone of promise, and very often given as an engagement ring.