The Sapphire Engagement Ring - An Expression of Love through the Ages


Many young couples tose couples are finding that the modern sapphire engagement ring carries with it a long historical tradition and just may be the perfect, unique way to declare their love.

During Medieval times, Pope Innocent III established the first official “engagement” period, in 1215, when he officially required a waiting period before getting married. Engagement rings were given as a way to outwardly show the honorable intentions of the groom. The betrothed was given a blue sapphire ring to wear because it was believed to test the faithfulness, sincerity, truthfulness, and purity of the wearer by observing if the stone’s color would fade during this engagement period.

In the 14th and 15th century, the engagement ring, as we know it today, became popular amongst royal and wealthy families. When diamond prices declined in the 18th and 19th centuries, from Brazilian and African supplies flooding the market, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were deemed more valuable and rarer than diamonds, and thus preferred by those who could afford them. With a hardness of 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, the durability and admiration of sapphires made them the favorite choice.

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The beautiful sapphire engagement ring given to Princess Diana, that has been passed down to Kate, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, has brought a new contemporary spotlight and popularity, once again, to this timeless ring choice.

So, if you are looking for a colorful expression of your love with a romantic link to the past, a gorgeous sapphire engagement ring or wedding band is not to be overlooked!

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