September’s birth stone is sapphire – known for its pure, rich, blue colour.

Sapphires are the second hardest crystals after diamonds, making them a great alternative for diamonds in an engagement ring.

This stone has also been made popular thanks to the late Princess Diana whose 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire engagement ring surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, set in 18 karat white gold became iconic. The ring is now worn by her son, Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton.

 

 

Sapphires are a popular choice with brides-to-be who want something a bit different to a traditional diamond engagement ring. They might love the colour blue, or maybe are inspired by Diana and Kate.

Here are some of the most stunning sapphire engagement rings around at the moment:

 

1. Round blue sapphire in white gold with white cluster stones

 

2. Oval white gold ring with 38 diamonds

3. Split band with Ceylon sapphire ring

4. Round blue sapphire in white gold with blue cluster stones

5. 18ct blue sapphire and diamond platinum ring

6. Sapphire and micropave diamond halo ring

7. 18ct gold Australian sapphire and diamond cluster ring

8. Platinum art deco sapphire and diamond ring from the 1920s

9. Oval Australian sapphire and diamond cluster ring set in 18ct white gold

10. Platinum Australian sapphire ring

11. 1920s inspired square blue sapphire engagement ring in 18ct white gold

12. Efflorescence ethical light blue sapphire engagement ring