In fact for centuries before 1900 British and French aristocrats used blue sapphires as engagement ring stones because the stones were more available than diamonds and the color was considered rich and elegant. As more diamonds were discovered in Brazil and South Africa people began to afford gems that were once scarce baubles of royalty. By the 1920s diamonds began outpacing other gems for use in engagement rings, and companies like DeBeers and Tiffany and Co saw an opportunity to expand the diamond market. These companies cornered the market in terms of supply, created many advertisements to promote diamonds, and it worked. Of course it helped that diamonds are beautiful and women loved them, but largely these companies changed the way society thought about engagement rings.
We have Princess Diana to thank for bringing blue stone engagement ring back into voque. When given the chance to pick an engagement ring, she famously refused the diamonds offered by the Queen, and went to her jeweler and picked a large Sri Lankan sapphire. The ring has become a symbol of the modern royal family, especially since Prince William used it to propose to Kate Middleton.
Never have people asked about blue stone engagement ring more than today. We carry lots of natural sapphires because we love them. They come in every shade of blue and they are nearly as hard as a diamond, so they can be worn daily without concern. There are really no other stones that have the same richness and elegance as a fine sapphire.
Below are some examples of blue stone engagement rings we have made.