Gorgeous Blue Sapphire Rings at Blue Nile Jewelry

Thousands of couples around the world have trusted Blue Nile over the years with their most important memories. As the largest online diamond retailer, Blue Nile has the highest standards in the industry, offering both exceptional quality and extraordinary value. 




Cushion-Cut Sapphire and Diamond Three-Stone Ring in Platinum (4.27 ct center)
Extraordinary elegance, this platinum ring showcases a vibrant 4.27 carat cushion-cut sapphire nestled between scintillating trillion diamond side stones

Cushion-Cut Sapphire and Diamond Three-Stone Ring in Platinum (4.27 ct center) Extraordinary elegance, this platinum ring showcases a vibrant 4.27 carat cushion-cut sapphire nestled between scintillating trillion diamond side stones.

Blue Nile was founded in Seattle on a simple premise: shopping for engagement rings shouldn’t be a mystery. Blue Nile works hard to simplify the buying process, empower and educate customers and, ultimately help them make a purchase they will cherish for a lifetime.




Sapphire and Diamond Halo Three-Stone Ring in 18k White Gold (3.65 ct) (9.8×7.8mm)

Distinctly glamorous, this sapphire gemstone ring showcases a 3.65 ct cushion sapphire, step cut trapezoid side stones framed by a halo of brilliant pavé diamonds and a filigree flourish set in enduring 18k white gold.

Sapphire and Diamond Halo Three-Stone Ring in 18k White Gold (3.65 ct) (9.8x7.8mm) Distinctly glamorous, this sapphire gemstone ring showcases a 3.65 ct cushion sapphire, step cut trapezoid side stones framed by a halo of brilliant pavé diamonds and a filigree flourish set in enduring 18k white gold.

 

 

Thousands of couples around the world have trusted Blue Nile over the years with their most important memories. As the largest online diamond retailer, Blue Nile has the highest standards in the industry, offering both exceptional quality and extraordinary value. 

Three Stone Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring in 18k White Gold (4.30 ct. tw.)

Luxuriously classic yet chic, this exquisite three stone ring features vibrant, rich blue sapphires surrounded by scintillating round diamonds framed in 18k white gold.

Blue Nile customers are a romantic bunch. After all, love is universal, but every couple is unique. Grab a hankie and prepare to be inspired by gorgeous tales of love, romance and the intrepid search for the absolute perfect engagement ring.

Quality. Enduring value. Respect for our customers. At Blue Nile, we’ve built our company on these principles. You’ll find expert help at every turn, the finest diamonds and jewelry in the world, and hassle-free shipping and returns.




A selection of some of the gorgeous sapphire rings available at Blue Nile.

 






GIA 6.02 ct VVS1 Natural Green Chrome Tourmaline and Diamond 18k White Gold Ring

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6.02 Carats GIA Certified Chrome Green Tourmaline & Diamond Cocktail Ring. This dazzling tourmaline specimen is a jaw dropping “3.72 carats” with exceptional “Virtually Flawless” VVS1 Clarity found only in the finest of genuine chrome tourmaline gemstones. The world class estate ring is also set with a generous 2.30 carats of absolutely gorgeous VVS1-SI2 clarity F-G colorless & near colorless accent diamonds that will light up the room with sparkle and fire. The setting is crafted in heavy solid 18k white gold and clearly the work of a true jewelry master craftsman. This GIA Certified Estate Beauty has it all.

 





Estate 3.43 ct VVS Natural Green Tourmaline Diamond 14k Yellow Gold Vintage Ring

3.43 Carat Certified Green Tourmaline & Diamond Cocktail Ring. This dazzling green tourmaline specimen is a large “3.25 carats” with exceptional near flawless “VVS2” clarity and a rich VIVID Green Color confirming its inherent beauty. The estate ring is set with .18 carats of gorgeous SI1-I1 clarity G-H near colorless round brilliant accent diamonds that will light up the room with sparkle and fire. The setting is crafted in solid 14k yellow gold and clearly the work of a true jewelry master craftsman. 





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3.43 Carat Certified Green Tourmaline & Diamond Cocktail Ring. This dazzling green tourmaline specimen is a large “3.25 carats” with exceptional near flawless “VVS2” clarity and a rich VIVID Green Color confirming its inherent beauty. The estate ring is set with .18 carats of gorgeous SI1-I1 clarity G-H near colorless round brilliant accent diamonds that will light up the room with sparkle and fire. The setting is crafted in solid 14k yellow gold and clearly the work of a true jewelry master craftsman. 




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Estate 3.43 ct VVS Natural Green Tourmaline Diamond 14k Yellow Gold Vintage Ring

Rubies from Africa fill the void left by Burmese rubies with their flashes of rich red

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Louis Vuitton high jewellery ring featuring a centrally set African ruby, flanked by diamonds

 

 

 

With prized Burmese ruby mines virtually depleted, gem hunters have turned to Africa in their quest to find the perfect red gem.

Natural Burmese Ruby, 5.00ct.
Natural Burmese Ruby, 5.00ct.

 

 

Higher in value than sapphires or emeralds, and often more valuable than diamonds, the most coveted rubies have traditionally emerged from the ancient Mogok mines in Upper Burma, or Myanmar.

 

Today, these mines are virtually depleted, sending the price of prized Burmese rubies sky high. Add to this the protracted US embargo on goods from Myanmar and it is easy to understand why gem hunters have turned elsewhere in their quest for the perfect red gem. And so it is that African rubies are coming into their own and increasingly adding their flash of rich red to high jewelry pieces.

 David Morris Mozambique ruby bangle, with a round white diamond micro-set surround set in white gold
David Morris Mozambique ruby bangle, with a round white diamond micro-set surround set in white gold

 

“Everyone dreams of a 10 carat Burmese ruby ring,

2.14ct Natural Ruby set in a Platinum and 18ky Gold Ring Setting with .61cts of diamonds.
2.14ct Natural Ruby set in a Platinum and 18ky Gold Ring Setting with .61cts of diamonds.

 

but not everyone can pay £15 million for one,” says Jeremy Morris of London’s David Morris, a reflection on the colossal prices that top-quality rubies can fetch. Only last year the record price of $8.6 million was paid for an 8.6 carat Burmese ruby ring, previously the property of Greek magnate Dimitri Mavrommatis.

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This Graff Ruby ring set a new world auction record at Sotheby’s Magnificent and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva in 2014 when it was sold back to Laurence Graff for $8.6m.
Cartier Reine Makéda necklace in platinum, set with a 15.29 carat oval-shaped ruby from Mozambique, alongside rose-cut and pear-shaped diamonds, and cabochon-cut ruby beads. The ruby choker can be detached and worn separately from the diamond necklace.
Cartier Reine Makéda necklace in platinum, set with a 15.29 carat oval-shaped ruby from Mozambique, alongside rose-cut and pear-shaped diamonds, and cabochon-cut ruby beads. The ruby choker can be detached and worn separately from the diamond necklace.

 

African rubies are starting to take up the void left by the Burmese, and the African ruby that caused the biggest stir last year was a 15.29 carat oval-shaped Mozambique gemstone. The ruby sits plumb center in Cartier‘s impressive Reine Makéda multi-strand ruby necklace, which was presented at the prestigious Biennale des Antiquaires. This spectacular jewel was the star of the Royal collection of haute joaillerie, which gathered precious stones and those of regal provenance, and incorporated them into high jewelry creations. With African rubies taking such a prominent role, it is difficult to ignore the importance of these colored gemstones.

One-of-a-kind Niquesa Rose of the Desert ring set with a central Gemfields African ruby and Gemfields emeralds, encased in diamonds.
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Gemfields, a mining company dedicated to conquering the colored gemstone market, has added a larger number and more consistent quality of rubies to the supply chain, from its Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique. This new source is having a considerable impact on the global ruby market. Last December, Gemfields reported that its auction of Mozambique rubies raised $43.3 million – the highest in its history.

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Gemfields’ Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique is having a considerable impact on the global ruby market, following the virtual depletion of mines in Burma.

 

Whatever the origin of a ruby, and they can be found on several continents, it is the “pigeon’s blood” ruby that sets the gold standard, and traditionally these have been from Burma. “Pigeon’s blood” is a term used to describe a particular hue of ruby, regardless of its origin, which is used by gem laboratories and dealers to classify stones.

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Gemfields is dedicated to conquering the coloured gemstone market and has recently added a larger number and more consistent quality of African rubies to the supply chain, including this 40ct ruby.

 

André Abadjian of Star Diamond Private Jeweler, which offers both Burmese and African rubies to its clients, explains: “Before, it was mainly just Burmese rubies that people wanted but, in the last few years, with the discovery of ruby mines in Mozambique and Tanzania, people have started to like them because of the beautiful quality and, of course, the price.”

Extravagant art deco-style ruby ring from Star Diamond Private Jeweller featuring a deep red African ruby flanked by emerald-cut diamonds.
Extravagant art deco-style ruby ring from Star Diamond Private Jeweller featuring a deep red African ruby flanked by emerald-cut diamonds.

 

And is there a difference between the famous Burmese rubies and African ones? Burmese are known for their fluorescence, which makes them appear to glow – a characteristic that is particularly visible in pigeon’s blood varieties, which emit a purple-hued glow. “The slight difference is the color,” explains Abadjian, who spends his days looking at precious stones. “The Burmese are a rich red and the African rubies have a small touch of purple. You can tell the difference between an African and a Burmese ruby, except those from the Windsor mine in Tanzania, which are very close to the Burmese.”

Constel ruby ring from Star Diamond Private Jeweller. The vivid red Mozambique ruby is set within a sunburst of pear- and round-cut white diamonds.
Constel ruby ring from Star Diamond Private Jeweller. The vivid red Mozambique ruby is set within a sunburst of pear- and round-cut white diamonds.

 

The slightly lighter pink of some African rubies is also appealing to a younger clientele and opens the scope to new color combinations in jewels. Houses such as Bulgari and de GRISOGONO are embracing African rubies, which look like they are here to stay.

 

Natural Unheated African Ruby (AIGS) 1.05 carat
Natural Unheated African Ruby (AIGS) 1.05 carat

 



 


 


 



The Hope Spinel




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The Hope Spinel’s history is every bit as colorful as its lustrous rose hue. Often confused for a ruby-although the spinel has fewer inclusions-the plum-size gemstone was mined from the ancient Kuh-i-Lal mines in Tajikistan and acquired by London banker Henry Philip Hope in the 1800s.




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After Hope’s death,his gemstone collection (which comprised over 700 pieces, including the Hope Diamond, the world’s largest deep-blue diamond) became ensnared in a 10-year inheritance feud between two of his nephews. The courts eventually decided that the younger nephew would keep the majority of the collection, while his older brother Henry Thomas would inherit the eigho of the most valuable stones, including the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond and the 50.13-carat Hope Spinel.




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After Thomas’s death, his widow bequeathed the jewles to her second grandson, who was eventually forced to sell them because of fniancial woes.

 

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The octagonal-cut stone, set in a silver-and-gold brooch and mounted within a wreath of shimmering diamonds, is now going to sale for the first time in nearly 100 years. When it was last auctioned off in 1917, the flawless gemstone fetched £1,060-the equivalent of over $100,000 today.








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Van Cleef & Arpels’ fluttering butterflies

Van Cleef & Arpels Amarylis mystery-set rub, diamond and pearl butterfly brooch
Van Cleef & Arpels Amarylis mystery-set ruby, diamond and pearl butterfly brooch

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Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra butterfly earrings.
This Parisian house known for its butterfly and other gentle creatures presents new versions of this pretty summertime visitor.  And with brooches making a comeback, these lepidopterous insects are perfectly poised to catch the trend.

 

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels VCA Gold & Diamond Flying Butterfly Between The Finger Ring

 


3.95 Carat Butterfly Pink Sapphire & Diamond 14Kt White Gold Ring


GIA 2.22 Ct UNHEATED Natural VS1 Red Ruby Diamond 14k White Gold Ring


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Extremely Rare “VS1 Clarity” and Vivid “Crimson Red Color” (said to be the ultimate red color for a ruby), GIA Certified 2.22 Carat Natural Ruby & Diamond Solid 14k White Gold Engagement Cocktail Ring.

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As noted in the GIA Certification, this world class ruby specimen is unheated with the most sought after Crimson Red color found only in the finest of genuine rubies.

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3.04-Carat Flawless Unheated Rich Intense Pigeon Blood Red Ruby

Unheated rubies are among the most prized rubies in the world.

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The one of a kind 1.12 carat genuine ruby is set with a generous 1.10 carats of extra fine quality near flawless to eye clean VVS1-SI1 clarity colorless & near colorless F-G round brilliant diamonds all set in a gorgeous solid 14k gold custom made designer art deco setting.

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Superb quality and sublime elegance collector’s grade GIA Certified unheated crimson ruby ring.

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The Superstitious History of Opal Jewelry

Birthstone of October, color-changing opals are one of the most widely loved gems by antique jewelry aficionados and modern jewelry designers alike.

 




A La Vieille Russie antique black opal pendant set in a platinum mount with demantoid garnets and diamonds, American, circa 1915.
A La Vieille Russie antique black opal pendant set in a platinum mount with demantoid garnets and diamonds, American, circa 1915.

 

Like other gems with unique histories, the opal, October’s birthstone, is filled with a rich narrative past. Through ancient times and different cultures, this intriguingly mysterious and fiery stone, with its vivid hue that changes depending on the light and type, has been thought of as magical. Opal jewelry has weathered superstitions of bad luck, along with the ups and downs of fashion, to become one of the most widely loved gems by antique jewelry aficionados and modern jewelry designers alike.




 Elizabeth Rose Antiques 18ct white gold, platinum, Australian opal and diamond cluster antique ring, circa 1915
Elizabeth Rose Antiques 18ct white gold, platinum, Australian opal and diamond cluster antique ring, circa 1915

The word opal derived its name from “opalus”, which means “to see a change in color”. The Romans prized opals, ranking them second only to emeralds, and believed them to bring the owner good fortune. The Romans also believed these gems symbolized hope and purity. Pliny, the Roman scholar, wrote of the opal: “There is in them a softer fire than the ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst, and the sea green of the emerald – all shining together in incredible union.”

 Louis Wine Ltd 18ct rose gold, opal and diamond carved half-hoop ring, accented with old mine-cut diamonds, circa 1900
Louis Wine Ltd 18ct rose gold, opal and diamond carved half-hoop ring, accented with old mine-cut diamonds, circa 1900

The Ancient Greeks believed that opals brought foresight and prophecy, while Arab cultures thought opals fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning, which is what imbued them with their changing colors. Although there were also connotations of ill fortune attributed to the gem, it wasn’t until the 19th century that opals dramatically fell out of favor for two reasons



Black Opal and Diamond and Sapphire Halo Ring in Platinum (2.33 ct center) (11x9mm)at Blue Nile Distinctly glamorous, this one-of-a-kind gemstone ring features a stunning 2.33ct black opal surrounded by a halo of pavé-set diamonds and blue sapphires framed in enduring platinum.
Black Opal and Diamond and Sapphire Halo Ring in Platinum (2.33 ct center) (11x9mm)at Blue Nile
Distinctly glamorous, this one-of-a-kind gemstone ring features a stunning 2.33ct black opal surrounded by a halo of pavé-set diamonds and blue sapphires framed in enduring platinum.

The first is a story of a cursed opal that King Alfonso XII of Spain received in a ring from a vengeful comtesse he had previously courted. After giving the opal ring to his wife, she died unexpectedly. The ring was passed down through generations and each new owner also died mysteriously. The depressed king decided to wear it himself, and he also died shortly afterwards.

Leah Gordon Antiques inlaid opal brooch depicting a lighthouse on a rock outcrop overlooking the ocean. The brooch is highlighted with varying types of inlaid opal, surrounded by 12 old European and old mine-cut diamonds, set in 14ct gold.
Leah Gordon Antiques inlaid opal brooch depicting a lighthouse on a rock outcrop overlooking the ocean. The brooch is highlighted with varying types of inlaid opal, surrounded by 12 old European and old mine-cut diamonds, set in 14ct gold.

But at the same time, cholera had reached epidemic proportions, killing more than 100,000 people from all class levels, which was most likely the real reason for these untimely deaths.

Large 11.40ct Australian Black Opal Lightning Ridge Gem Harlequin Pattern
Large 11.40ct Australian Black Opal Lightning Ridge Gem Harlequin Pattern

The other, more widely known, story is that opals had a reputation for bringing bad luck to the wearer if it was not their birthstone.

Sir Walter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein, in which an opal hair ornament brought catastrophe to its owner, is said to have started this superstition. After a huge discovery of opal was made in Australia, a British Territory, in 1870, Queen Victoria wore opal jewelry to dispel the superstition.  She also presented her friends and five daughters with gifts of fine opals. It was Tullie Cornthwaite Wollaston, born in South Australia in 1863, who introduced Australian opals to the rest of the world.

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5.5 cwt. Brilliant Australian Black Opal .60ct VS Diamond Ring 14k White Gold

By the later part of that period, opals were being designed into all categories of jewelry such as classic five stone Victorian rings, opal brooches set into lockets and later, in Edwardian times, in lavalieres with delicate garland surrounds. Art Nouveau saw the artistry of mixing various types of opals into one piece. 

13.75 Ct White Gold Opal & Diamond Cocktail Ring 14 Kt
13.75 Ct White Gold Opal & Diamond Cocktail Ring 14 Kt

Opals range from cool to warm in color. There are the more common flecked blue/green variations, and Mexican fire opals that range from deep yellow to orange to pale red. The vivid rainbow-effect of Australian Boulder opals have become one of the most widely sought after, while the most luxurious are the fine, mysterious black opals with pops of blue, pink and violet.

Kabana's outstanding Australian Opal jewelry has made it's reputation in the jewelry world and beyond. Delicate and precious, the Opal Collection allows the colors of all the gemstones to shine in one. This ring is inlaid with opal, set in 14k yellow gold and accented with diamonds (.36 ctw)
Kabana’s outstanding Australian Opal jewelry has made it’s reputation in the jewelry world and beyond. Delicate and precious, the Opal Collection allows the colors of all the gemstones to shine in one. This ring is inlaid with opal, set in 14k yellow gold and accented with diamonds (.36 ctw)














The Superstitious History of Opal Jewelry




Blue Sapphire Sri Lanka Ceylon

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Sri Lanka’s gem industry has a very long and colorful history. Sri Lanka was affectionately known as Ratna-Dweepa which means Gem Island. The name is a reflection of its natural wealth. Marco Polo wrote that the island had the best sapphires, topazes, amethysts, and other gems in the world.




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Vintage 3.44ct Natural Sri Lanka Cornflower Blue Sapphire Platinum Ring
Geologically speaking is an extremely old country. Ninety percent of the rocks of the island are of Precambrian age, 560 million to 2,400 million years ago. 
The metamorphic types of gems constitute 90% of the gem deposits in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has the highest density of gem deposits compared to its landmass. 
Ratnapura contains the most gem deposits and derived its name from the gem industry. Ratnapura means “city of gems”.



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Vintage Estate 7.75ct Natural Cornflower Blue Sapphire PSD 18k Diamond Ring
The blue sapphires from Sri Lanka are known as Ceylon Sapphire. Ceylon Sapphires are reportedly unique in colour, clarity and lustre compared to the blue sapphires from other countries. Large number of tourists and gem lovers travel to Sri Lanka to buy and sell Ceylon mined Gemstones.

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10.02 Ct GIA Lab Certified Color Change Alexandrite Natural Rare Gemstone Oval
    After Russia ,Sri Lanka was the hidden destination to produce large number of Alexandrites in the world.   
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Vintage 4.07ct Cornflower Blue Sapphire Diamond Platinum Ring
Things to Watch out for : With increase demand for Sri Lankan gemstones, always remember to buy gemstones with Certifications either by a reputed entity or Sri Lankan Gem and Jewelery Authority. This way it gives you a piece of mine that your getting genuine gemstones.
Hope this helps you to get a very basic understanding of Sri Lankan Gemstone Industry.

Find more Ceylon Sapphires and certifications below :

Blue Sapphire Sri Lanka Ceylon

Vintage Engagement 8.97ct Natural Cornflower Blue Sapphire Diamond Ring Platinum
Vintage Engagement 8.97ct Natural Cornflower Blue Sapphire Diamond Ring Platinum

 Blue Sapphire Sri Lanka Ceylon






Blue Sapphire Sri Lanka Ceylon

Mark Broumand 3.25ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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This mesmerizing princess cut diamond ring will astonish you with its outstanding brilliance, quality and superb detail! 

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The gorgeous two carat princess cut center diamond is GIA certified at I-VS2. It is white, very clear and the cut is phenomenal!

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 It is accented by a row of round brilliant cut diamonds pave set around it, on all three sides of the shank and around the center basket, which is elegantly designed with a beautiful filigree detail in the center.

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This ring is made in high polish 18k white gold. Amazing from every angle!

Available at Mark Broumand Jewelers on Amazon.com Price $17,245.00

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Gala Princess Cut and Pavé Diamond Eternity Ring in 18k White Gold (6.5 ct. tw.) at   Perfectly elegant, this extraordinary 18k white gold eternity ring showcases princess cut diamonds that are expertly matched and set between a brilliant pavé diamond channel.             

 


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