The World’s Love Affair With Sapphires
From royalty to pop stars to socialites and philanthropists, blue sapphires have long captured the hearts of many high-profile fans. And while some pieces garner more attention than others, certain jewels will be remembered in pop-culture history as style icons. Here are three sapphire jewels no one will ever forget.
Hall Sapphire and Diamond Necklace
Designed by Harry Winston, the sprawling design features 36 Sri Lankan (an important blue-sapphire-bearing region) cushion-cut sapphires weighing 195 carats and 435 pear-shape round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 83.75 carats. All the gems are set in platinum, and the necklace was gifted to the Smithsonian in 1979 by Mrs. Evelyn Annenberg Hall (thus the name the Hall necklace). See the piece in person in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Princess Diana and Kate Middleton Ring
It’s the engagement ring that has arguably inspired more copies than any other in history! First handpicked by Princess Diana from a tray of styles at U.K. jeweler Garrard & Co., the ring—featuring an 18 ct. oval-shape blue sapphire center stone—was given to Kate Middleton (now Princess Kate) when Diana’s son Prince William popped the question back in 2010.
Bulgari Sapphire and Diamond Sautoir
When Richard Burton bought this beauty for Elizabeth Taylor, he remarked to the press, “The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari.” Nothing wrong with that! And there’s certainly a lot that’s right with the 321 ct. Burmese-origin sapphire center stone in the necklace. Taylor is shown here wearing the piece in 1988.
Make It Your Own
You needn’t have a name that’s in headlines to have a sapphire that gets noticed! Here are three blue Reign sapphire jewels you can wear to make your own style statement today.
Reign Sapphires Crown ring in sterling silver with inverted-set
Australian blue sapphires, $795
Reign Sapphires Solitaire Locket necklace in 18k white gold with an inverted-set Australian blue sapphire, $2,995
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