The sapphire has a long and colourful history. It is said that the tablets containing the Ten Commandments were composed of sapphire, so strong that if a hammer was swung against them it would not be able to smash them. The Persians once believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection coloured the sky. Many other cultures have believed that sapphires contained healing properties. The Greeks believed it to tap the powers of the ‘third eye’.
Engagement rings became popular in the 14th century amongst royal and wealthy families. Sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and diamonds were used in these early rings. Sapphires were favoured because they symbolised romantic love, truth, and commitment.
During the 18th century diamonds from Brazil and Africa flooded the market and their prices declined. This once again led many to conclude that sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were more valuable and rare. As a result engagement rings with coloured gemstones became desirable for those who had the means to purchase them.
Today sapphire engagement rings are becoming popular again because couples want a more distinctive ring with a rich history.