Sapphire engagement rings carry a sense of sophistication and luxury and have long been associated with romance, making them ideal for a proposal. An elegant alternative to a diamond, you'll find that lots of celebrity engagement rings feature this stunning stone - including Kate Middleton's iconic sapphire ring.
Typically blue in colour, its vibrancy is sure to dazzle but that's not the only shade to choose from. “Sapphires can come in many different colours, not just the rich blue you’re used to seeing," says Claire Beatson from jewellers Nightingale. "This gives you a lot more space to get creative with your ring design, adding bold colours to truly reflect your personality.”
Our round-up includes everything from blue sapphire engagement rings to pink sapphire engagement rings, plus sparkling styles that are adorned with diamonds.
Sapphire gemstones are also traditionally the birthstone for those born in September, so if your beloved was born in this month, then an engagement ring with sapphires is a brilliant proposal idea.
Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Rings
1. Gold Sapphire and Diamond Stacking Rings – £1,585, AMULETTE
If your partner loves a bit of bling, these stackable rings by might just be the perfect way to propose. With a sapphire ring in the centre and two diamond rings encircling it on either side, the set glitters in an elegant way. Choose from yellow or white gold.
Pros & Cons: They can be mixed and matched, letting your partner get creative with how they wear them.
2. Vanilla Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Ring – £1,999, Ernest Jones
If you know your other half loves vintage engagement rings then this vanilla gold, sapphire and diamond ring from Ernest Jones could be the antique-style piece you have been searching for. An oval cut sapphire is surrounded by brilliant cut diamonds, all held in a white gold setting.
Pros & Cons: Reviews state that this ring is super sparkly and the sapphire is a deep blue.
3. 'Cyra' Oval Sapphire And Diamond Engagement Ring – £1,098, Anvil and Ivy Jewellery
We adore this delicate engagement ring from Anvil and Ivy Jewellery. It draws inspiration from antique jewellery but with a fresh approach. Using a modern rub-over technique to set the stones, the ring is made to be durable.
Pros & Cons: This diamond and sapphire engagement ring is made with ethically sourced diamonds and recycled gold, making it perfect for the environmentally and socially conscious couple.
4. Vanilla Gold and Sapphire Ombre Ring – £1,999, Ernest Jones
If you are looking for a truly unusual engagement ring then this ombre sapphire engagement ring from Le Vian collection at Ernest Jones could be just what you have been searching for. A swirl of ombre sapphires cascade around a diamond band to create a stunning wave effect.
Pros & Cons: This engagement ring with sapphires will wrap around your partner's finger beautifully. The colour gradient is truly breath-taking!
5. 9ct White Gold Sapphire Emerald Cut Halo Ring – £700, Goldsmiths
A striking emerald-cut sapphire is the feature point on this beautiful engagement ring from Goldsmiths. The central stone is surrounded by a halo of brilliant-cut diamonds and set onto a polished 9 carat white gold band that maintains an overall sense of understatement that is simply stunning.
Pros & Cons: This is an fun twist on a traditional blue sapphire engagement ring. The centre stone isn't huge, which allows the diamonds to shine through too.
6. 18ct White Gold, Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring – £1,750, Ernest Jones
For a contemporary take on a sapphire engagement ring, this 18-carat white gold design from Ernest Jones is perfect. An emerald-cut sapphire is flanked by sparkling diamonds and mounted onto a modern polished white gold band.
Pros & Cons: It’s an ideal choice if you know your other half wants something different to everyone else.
7. Teal Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring - £3,500, Etsy
This handmade 18-carat gold ring by Sophia Perez Jewellery is ethically and sustainably made, perfect for showing your love in a socially and environmentally conscious way. Not to mention the timeless style is sure to make this a treasured heirloom!
Pros & Cons: Sophia Perez is an iconic engagement ring jewellery designer so your partner is bound to be seriously impressed with this pick.
8. Vintage Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring – from £2,000, Etsy
This ring from Etsy takes its inspiration from Princess Diana’s engagement ring, which was later worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. This timeless style is sure to dazzle now and for years to come and is a brilliant price for such a mesmerizing design.
Pros & Cons: If a classic style is what your partner loves, this diamond and sapphire engagement ring will be right up their street. It's a fail-safe option as it isn't overly unusual.
9. Art Nouveau Style Sapphire & Diamond Half Eternity Ring - £178, Etsy
While technically an eternity ring, this vintage-inspired sparkler features diamonds and sapphires in an exquisite row. The subtle wave in the design provides added visual interest that is sure to take your partner’s breath away.
Pros & Cons: An eternity ring, despite not being a traditional pick, has beautiful meaning behind it, symbolising that you and your partner will be together forever.
10. Blue Sapphire Art Deco Ring – £667.31, Etsy
Looking for a vintage ring to pop the question with? This glittering array of sapphires and diamonds might just do the trick. It has a sense of timeless sophistication and is a one-of-a-kind beauty; perfect to help you show your partner just how much marrying them would mean to you.
Pros & Cons: We can see this engagement ring fitting into a Christmas proposal perfectly - it reminds us of a twinkling snowflake.
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11. Vintage Oval Sapphire Engagement Ring - from £470, Etsy
An elegant sapphire is accented by a string of diamonds along the band of this exquisite and memorable ring. It glitters with a classic air and is handmade, making it a truly extraordinary find.
Pros & Cons: This diamond and blue sapphire engagement ring will look dainty on the finger, but will still have incredible sparkle thanks to the diamond adorned band.
12. Sapphire And Diamond Engagement Ring – £1,875, Lily McCallin
There is something both modern and classic about this ring that makes it so pleasing to the eye and a range of personal styles. With a sapphire in the middle and two diamonds on either side, it carries a sense of luxury while remaining understated.
Pros & Cons: This is a contemporary take on a traditional design so it is timeless, while still being up-to-date and stylish.
13. Yellow Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Ring – £2,999, Ernest Jones
If you love the Duchess of Cambridge’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring, then this glittering style from Ernest Jones is simply perfect. A statement oval sapphire is surrounded by round cut diamonds and mounted onto an 18-carat yellow gold band.
Pros & Cons: Costing just shy of £3,000 you can steal royal style for much less with this beautiful bargain buy.
14. 9 Carat Yellow Gold Sapphire & Diamond Ring – £750, Ernest Jones
The gorgeous design of this sapphire ring from Ernest Jones weaves yellow and white gold together, giving it romantic undertones. This asymmetrical design is so stylish and it’s a perfect option for nearlyweds who are looking for something a little bit different.
Pros & Cons: Combining different metal types is rather unusual and is the ideal solution for those who just can't pick which finish they prefer.
15. By Request White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Cluster Ring - £2,100, Goldsmiths
This engagement ring from Goldsmiths is a sure showstopper, with a bold sapphire in a large emerald cut. With 18 carat gold in white and yellow as well as a halo of diamonds, it’ll easily show how much thought you've put into picking this accessory.
Pros & Cons: The claw setting on this diamond and sapphire engagement ring adds edge to the otherwise traditional design.
READ MORE: 34 Proposal Rings to Pop the Question With
16. Sapphire And Diamond Three Stone Ring In 9 Carat White Gold - £1,000, Goldsmiths
Three emerald-cut sapphires glitter along this nine carat white gold band, encircled by diamonds. The overall look of this ring by Goldsmiths is luxurious, ideal for your partner if they love a bit of glamour. Why have one sapphire, when you can have three!
Pros & Cons: The stones on this ring will stand out from the crowd and sit dramatically on your partner's finger.
17. White Gold Sapphire & Diamond Ring - £1,850, Ernest Jones
When in doubt, it’s hard to go wrong with a simple and classic design. This ring by Ernest Jones shows the power of a timeless look and, with a sparkling sapphire flanked by diamonds, it’ll let your love shine through.
Pros & Cons: Sapphires don't have to be deep in colour, this pale blue hue is just as gorgeous and looks lovely when paired with white gold.
Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings
18. White Gold and Sapphire Ring Set – £500, Caroline Brook
If your intended loves rustic style, then this white gold and sapphire ring set from Caroline Brook could be the engagement ring they have been dreaming of. Cast from a real twig, the detailed band shows all the grooves and knots of the wood and a pretty sapphire completes the ring beautifully.
Pros & Cons: How many people can say their engagement ring was cast from nature? This is a unique and gorgeous option.
19. Elma 9ct Gold White And Blue Sapphire Cluster Ring - £290, Amelia May
This elegant sparkler by Amelia May is great as a temporary proposal ring or if your partner likes dainty jewellery. Featuring a white sapphire and two in blue, this ring is sure to catch everyone's eye and garner tons of compliments.
Pros & Cons: You can choose from rose or yellow gold - we recommend going for rose if your partner prefers modern over classic designs.
20. 9ct Gold Handmade Ianthe Star Blue Sapphire Ring – £825, Liberty London
If you want an engagement ring that really goes against the trends, then this sapphire ring by Liberty is sure to make a statement. With sapphire stones set in stars, the ring shows off an Art Nouveau flair sure to complement your love’s artsy side. If you're not sure where to turn for your partner’s engagement ring, it may be time to reach for the stars!
Pros & Cons: Is a celestial wedding on the cards? This is the ideal engagement ring!
21. Oval-Cut Royal Blue Sapphire Solitaire Ring - £1,895, Etsy
Sometimes, simple is best! This handmade ring from Etsy has an 18-carat gold band with a platinum setting featuring a dazzling sapphire. The understated design is sure to be stylish no matter the decade and promises to be as timeless as your love!
Pros & Cons: With no accompanying gemstones, this ring lets the sapphire take centre stage and we adore it for that.
22. Twig and Leaf Engagement Ring - £1,919.05, Etsy
Those that love nature will adore this elegant ring. A delicate leaf contrasts the bright blue sapphire, all along a band that resembles a branch. Choose from a rose, white or yellow gold leaf.
Pros & Cons: We've not seen an engagement ring quite like this before and bet your partner won't have either. It's unusual yet totally beautiful.
23. Sapphire Engagement Ring with Tanzanite and Multi-Coloured Sapphires - from £2,180.74, Etsy
If your partner loves colour then they are bound to be excited about this unique dazzler by William White on Etsy. The sapphire in the centre is perfectly accented by an array of smaller gems in a vivid palette. A piece of artwork for your love!
Pros & Cons: This engagement ring won't be to everyone's taste as it is pretty quirky, but for those who want a coloured engagement ring, this could be the one.
24. Polly Wales Gold Floret Blue and Black Sapphire Ring - £1,820, Liberty London
There is something whimsical about this ring by Polly Wales at Liberty London and we are here for it. Blue and black sapphires dance on this yellow gold band, forming a glittering trio. It has an artistic look that is perfect if your partner has a bit of a creative side.
Pros & Cons: This sapphire engagement ring showcases just how many shades of blue this gorgeous gemstone comes in.
25. Agathe Rose Gold and Blue Sapphire Ring – £165, Amelia May
This lab grown sapphire engagement ring from Amelia May would be a perfect placeholder ring to propose with – priced at just 1650! We love the romantic rose gold band and the unusual pear-shaped sapphire. You can also choose yellow gold if you prefer.
Pros & Cons: A dainty design like this is ideal for stacking. If your partner already owns lots of jewellery, it'll make a special addition to their collection.
26. Seb Brown 9-carat Gold Neapolitan Blue Sapphire and Aquamarine Signet Ring – £670, Liberty London
We can’t stop staring at this 9 carat gold ring by Seb Brown from Liberty London. The handmade ring has sapphire and aquamarine stones that glitter in a stunning and complementary way. Its unusual shape has a fashion-forward sensibility, great if your partner loves to start trends!
Pros & Cons: This ring only comes in one size, but it can easily be adjusted if taken to a jewellers.
Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings
27. Pink Sapphire Trilogy Engagement Ring – £POA, Nightingale
Nightingale create the most fabulous bespoke engagement rings - take this pink sapphire design! It is crafted to such high quality and it will be uniquely special to your partner. Better yet, all metals and gemstones are from ethical origins.
Pros & Cons: This pink sapphire engagement ring is the ideal combination of being dainty and making a serious statement.
28. Oval Cut Sapphire Engagement Ring – from £405.62, Etsy
Pink sapphires are undeniably pretty and glamorous but you can amp up the glitz level by opting for this decadent engagement ring. You can choose from yellow, white or rose gold, but we reckon the warm tone of this rose gold example pairs perfectly with the pink stone.
Pros & Cons: This ring will sparkle from all angles - be mindful that the setting doesn't snag on clothing.
29. Yellow Gold Sapphire Engagement Ring – £395, Anthony Blakeney
Simple and sweet, this powder pink sapphire is set on a textured nine carat yellow gold band. It has been created using a cast from a section of rose wood which is unique, quirky and super cool!
Pros & Cons: Where available, this the gold in this ring is recycled and re-melted.
30. Princess Cut Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring – from £159.63, Etsy
Princess cut engagement rings might be square by design but they are far from boring. They add lots of angles to your pink sapphire which allows light to refract beautifully through it. See more princess cut engagement rings here.
Pros & Cons: Reviews state that this ring is absolutely beautiful and the centre stone changes colour in the light.
Are Sapphires Good For Engagement Rings?
There are several reasons that make sapphires a great choice for an engagement ring. First up, they are a cheaper alternative to diamonds, but just as pretty.
“Sapphires make a perfect centre stone for an engagement ring because they are more affordable than diamonds and are less common, meaning you can create a truly individual piece to represent your love and relationship whilst getting more for your money," explains Claire Beatson from jewellers Nightingale.
They also come in range of shades, so they are very versatile and can suit almost everyone's taste. Claire agrees, saying: “Sapphires are incredibly diverse as they come in every colour of the rainbow, allowing you to experiment with different colours instead of opting for the traditional colourless diamond.
“Furthermore, they are suitably durable for everyday wear which is very important when choosing a gemstone for your engagement ring. Most people know that diamonds are the hardest gemstone used in jewellery, however sapphires are no slouch in the toughness department. They measure a nine on the Mohs scale (graded below diamonds at 10) which makes them perfectly suited for everyday wear and the knocks and bashes that come along with it.”
How Much is a Sapphire Engagement Ring?
The cost of a sapphire engagement ring will vary depending on the carat, accompanying stones and metal type, however, Claire notes that: "A quality one-carat sapphire can cost you anywhere between £50 to £10,000, while the starting price of a diamond of the same quality is approximately £2,500, and it can go as high as £30,000. Due to this, sapphires make an excellent choice for couples who want a large centre stone without breaking the bank.”
Despite the common myth stating that this price difference is down to diamonds being rarer than sapphire, Claire points out that the opposite is true. "The reality is that sapphires haven’t suffered the same levels of price manipulation that diamonds historically have, so their value has been established much more naturally," she says.
Are Sapphire Engagement Rings Tacky?
Sapphire engagement rings are not tacky at all! They are a timeless and classic pick that can look both vintage in style and contemporary depending on the design you go for. If you are concerned about your engagement ring look tacky, be mindful that less can often be more.
As for whether white sapphire engagement rings are tacky? White sapphires are an affordable alternative to diamonds that look equally as beautiful.
Once you’ve got the engagement ring, now all you need are some perfect proposal ideas! Once your partner has said yes and the wedding planning has begun, you may want to read our tips on choosing your wedding rings