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13 Reminders that Sapphire is a Many-Splendored Thing

It’s September’s birthstone, but most jewelry lovers happily claim an affinity for sapphire. After all, few things are as breathtaking as, say, the electric blue of an exceptional Burmese sapphire, or the luminous periwinkle blue of a star sapphire (or 45 of them if you’re Oscar Heyman—see below).


Certainly, it’s a stone most consumers recognize and appreciate. Can anyone think of sapphires without recalling the late Princess Diana’s 12 ct. oval sapphire engagement ring (which now belongs to Duchess Kate)? The savviest retailers know this, and assort their collections (and gild their Instagram feeds) with remarkable blue beauties hailing from Montana to Madagascar.


Like the first colorful crocuses pushing out of the wintry ground at the start of spring, sapphire jewelry can energize a display case filled with icy white diamonds to dramatic effect.


Top designers, indie and otherwise, tend to seek out the full spectrum of sapphire shades, from the duskiest grays to the loveliest lilac-pinks. They jumble them, color-order them into painterly ombré concepts, or prioritize the oddballs—bicolors, fantasy cuts—to give them pride of place in an engagement ring.


Meanwhile, rainbow sapphire jewelry is still in demand, shows no signs of fading, and is now widely available in every imaginable price point. As for the jewels below? From out-of-this-world opulent to everyday elegant, they take the conventional sapphire palette and rather spectacularly crank up the volume. Feel free to sing along.

MS Rau sapphire ring

Ring in 18k white gold and titanium with 15.07 ct. Burmese sapphire center stone, and opal, tanzanite, diamond accents, $585,000; M.S. Rau


Baby Malak Nada Ghazal

Baby Malak Original Bonbon ring in 18k gold with multicolored sapphires, $5,000; Nada Ghazal, available at Greenwich St. Jewelers

Aurela and Pierre bracelet

Chamarel bracelet in 18k white gold with oval sapphires and diamonds, £8,950; Aurelia & Pierre

Oscar Heyman necklace

Necklace in platinum with star sapphires, star rubies, and diamonds, price on request; Oscar Heyman


Kendra Pariseault

Cadence necklace in 14k gold with sapphires, $4,000; Kendra Pariseault

Alaia men’s ring in 18k gold with rainbow sapphires, $4,400; Suzanne Kalan

Emily P. Wheeler

Ombre ring in 18k gold with yellow sapphires, $7,400; Emily P. Wheeler

Harlin Jones

Spike earrings in 14k yellow gold with blue sapphires and diamonds, $1,995; Harlin Jones


Chinchar Maloney ring

Orion ring in 14k white gold with bicolor Australian sapphire and diamonds, $4,500; Chinchar Maloney

Briony Raymond

Scatter hoops in 18k gold with pink sapphires and diamonds, $14,500; Briony Raymond


Page Sargisson earrings

Stud earrings in 18k gold with rose-cut sapphires and diamonds, $2,520; Page Sargisson


OMI sapphire ring

Ring in platinum with 21.19 ct. emerald-cut sapphire and diamonds, $360,000; Omi Privé

sapphires Cicada

Top and above: Chandelier earrings in platinum with ombré blue sapphires. $23,400; Cicada


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