For those of us who loved Great Britain’s Princess Diana, the “People’s Princess,” you may remember that her favorite jewelry items often included sapphires, as you can see in the photograph below at an official State Dinner with Nancy and Ronald Reagan.
Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Nancy Reagan and President Ronald Reagan at an official state dinner. (Wikimedia.org/commons – Photo in the Public Domain.)
Princess Diana’s engagement ring had a sapphire center stone surrounded by diamonds. Unfortunately, she didn’t live long enough to see her son, Prince William, get married. Princess Diana’s daughter-in-law, Duchess Kate, also chose a sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Today, nearly any woman can wear jewelry very similar to the favorites of Princess Diana and Duchess Kate.
In the collection below you will find a beautiful selection of engagement rings in your choice of genuine or synthetic stones in a wide variety of prices. Synthetic sapphires are made of the same material as natural ones and have the same strength, durability and beauty.
More Beautiful Sapphire Jewelry
Princess Diana did not limit her jewelry collection strictly to her engagement ring, of course. She also loved to wear other types of jewelry and mixed different types of stones together.
One of her most iconic jewelry items was the stunning sapphire and pearl necklace that she wore on a number of occasions, including at an official State Dinner at the White House, which she and Prince Charles attended as the guests of Nancy Reagan and President Ronald Reagan. At that State Dinner, she also had the opportunity to dance with John Travolta, which she said was a thrill for her!
Below is a video of the famous John Travolta – Princess Diana dance. Scroll down below the video to see more beautiful sapphire jewelry which would be prized by any woman.
A Little Information about Sapphires
Sapphires are actually the mineral corundum. When the corundum contains trace amounts of other elements such as chromium, titanium, iron, copper or magnesium, the impurities create a variety of colors including vibrant, deep blue, as well as yellow, pink, purple, orange or green. When the corundum turns red, the gemstones are called rubies. Other than color, rubies and sapphires are the same stone, but with different impurities.
It is also possible for sapphires to be virtually colorless. When this happens, they are sometimes used as a replacement for diamonds in jewelry.
They have a Mohs scale ranking of 9.0, which puts them just below diamonds in hardness, durability and scratch resistance.
Natural sapphires are mined all over the world, but particularly in Madagascar. In the United States, they can be found in Montana. They are then heat-treated to enhance their color.
For those who choose to purchase a manufactured or created sapphire, they will be pleased to know that the material used is identical to natural sapphires. The main difference is that there are no flaws in manufactured sapphires, but there are almost always flaws in natural ones.
Deborah is a Southern California freelance writer with a large, active family ... four adult daughters and seven grandchildren ranging from infant to early 20's. As a result, she is constantly comparison shopping and hunting for great products that her family will love, and then sharing her best discoveries in the articles she writes.
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