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Crazy For Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings

Haven’t you noticed? Some of the hottest celebrities today—think Kate Middleton, Penelope Cruz, and Elizabeth Hurley—have gotten blue sapphire engagement rings from their beaus. Are we seeing a trend here? Let’s look closer at the wedding jewellery of these stars and the different elegant styles they come in.

A present from Princess Diana

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Representing the once-starry-eyed engagement of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the 28-year-old ring was a gift of love to her sons, and was then passed on to Kate. More than the design, the story behind the ring is the very thing that captures the world’s attention. It’s the promise of a fairytale wedding and a blissful royal life together.

A love so true

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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem started dating in 2007, and three years later, he proposed to her with a three-carat blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds. Today, the pair have a baby son, Leo, whom they dote upon and shower with love.

Lovelier the second time around

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Both actress Elizabeth Hurley and former Australian cricket player Shane Warne had been divorced before, and are now in love with each other and engaged to be married. He proposed to her over dinner in Scotland with a nine-carat blue sapphire ring set between two diamonds.

Here are some options and wedding ideas for a blue sapphire engagement ring:

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1 – Brilliant cut set in white gold

2 – Oval cut set in yellow gold

3 – Cushion cut set in white gold

4 – Emerald cut set in white gold

Sapphires have long symbolized truth, faithfulness, and sincerity, making it the perfect gem for a wonderful marriage to come.

{Duchess Kate’s image via Free New Fashion Design; Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s image via Zimbio; Penelope Cruz ring image via Ring Envy; Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne’s image via Unique Fashion Jewelry; Four blue sapphire rings via The Natural Saphhire Company}

Engagement and Wedding Ring Care

Just like any valuable property that you own, your wedding jewellery also needs proper care. So here’s everything you need to know to keep your rings safe and sparkly ever after!

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Get jewellery insurance

You can add jewellery cover to your home and contents insurance policy, or get a separate policy with a jewellery-specific insurer. As with any type of insurance policy, take note of the fine print. They are also going to need documentation as to its appraisal, and probably close-up images of the rings.

Keep it clean…and more

Wearing your ring 24/7 can cause gunk like sebum, lotion, perfume, and lint to adhere to it and make it appear dull. Clean it with regular jewellery cleaner, or soak it in a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid, and then scrub with a washcloth or soft toothbrush. And just like getting your pearly whites checked, visit your jeweler twice a year to inspect your ring. Prongs coming loose can eventually dislodge a stone, and we wouldn’t want that. You can also have your ring professionally cleaned during your visit.

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Take off your ring when doing heavy work

Another common sense but often forgotten tip: take off your ring when doing heavy work involving your hands, such as gardening, swimming, washing the dishes. And please don’t place it anywhere near the trash bin or sink drain. If you would like a spot that’s a little more secure than your jewellery box, consider getting a small safe at home if you find that you frequently remove your ring. And if you’re away on holiday and don’t want to wear it outside, keep it in the hotel safe.

{First image via Diamonds Sydney, second image via Mazal Diamond}

Louisa Gallery Wedding Jewellery

Some of the loveliest vintage wedding jewellery we’ve seen is from Louisa Gallery.

It’s a virtual treasure trove of different gems in different cuts, and we love the variety! Louisa, the talented jewellery maker behind Louisa Gallery, says she loves working with all kinds of metals and natural stones. If you fancy a particular ring but would like it with a different stone or metal, she will happily fashion a bespoke ring just for you.

Check out some of the prettiest vintage wedding jewellery from Louisa Gallery…these are fabulous as unusual engagement rings, and the thin ones would be great as simple wedding bands…

White gray diamond in 14-karat gold ring

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Violet Sapphire In 14K White Gold Ring

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14K Gold London Blue Topaz Ring

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Black Diamond In 14K Gold

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Rose Cut Ruby In 14K Yellow Gold Ring

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Violet Sapphire In 14K Gold Ring

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14-karat yellow gold stacked ring

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14-karat gold twist stacked ring

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Louisa Gallery ships internationally from the States. For more wedding inspiration and to see all their jewellery collections, visit their Etsy shop.

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”