I originally titled this post “Several spectacular sapphire (s)rings” but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Intentional misspellings are never okay, not even for the sake of (amazing) alliteration.
Who doesn’t love a sapphire? We’re sticking to the traditionally-colored ones today, the deep, vibrant, rich blues we all know and love.
This ring is Art Deco, made in 1925. It’s bold and fabulous, with a healthy 3.81cts cushion-cut Burmese sapphire and tapering calibre cut sapphire shoulders, all bordered by diamonds. It has graduated collet set diamonds to the cagework gallery, a reeded shank, and is mounted in platinum mounted.
It reminds me of a Cartier pink sapphire ring that I also love.
And now for something completely different, we have this paler blue 19th century sapphire and diamond cluster ring, circa 1880. The octagonal step cut sapphire is surrounded by a double border of diamonds, cut-down collet set, scroll shoulders, mounted in silver and gold. I think the colors of this piece are really lovely; I love the mixed metals.
This ring is simple in design, but there’s something very alluring about it. The giant, 24.78 carat, sapphire, perhaps, or the simplicity of the jaunty diamond shoulders? I also love the yellow gold of the prongs against the blue of the sapphire. I wanted to give you a bigger picture, but Christie’s decided this was as far as I could zoom without getting blurry.
This early 20th century diamond and sapphire five stone line half hoop cluster ring was made in 1910. It has three diamonds alternating two sapphires, millegrain set within a shaped oblong diamond set frame. I think the shape is so interesting – what does this one look like on a finger? I’d love the chance to find out.
This one is very simple and undated, but it’s the sort of ring I can see easily becoming a go-to piece in any jewelry wardrobe. An emerald-cut diamond in rub-over setting, to a buff-top sapphire line surround and plain hoop. Subtle, understated, and lovely.
This bold beauty is the only one in this batch by a big name – it’s Van Cleef and Arpels. The fabulous 16.47 carat sapphire is wreathed by a border of brilliant-cut diamond. You can also see the ring is further adorned by baguette-cut diamonds along the band, at least partway. An eye-catcher, to be sure.
All images and info are thanks to S.J. Philips and Sotheby’s. Please see individual descriptions above for links.