Sapphires of The British Royal Family

A favorite gemstone of the British Royal Family is the blue sapphire. It has been used to represent love & holds much sentiment to many in the family.

A Brief History of Sapphires & Royalty

The association of Royal families and sapphires dates back to the Middle Ages, where the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize Heaven and the common person believed that the gemstone attracted divine acts.

In Ancient Greece & Rome, sapphires were believed to have protected you from harm, envy and bad spirits, so were often worn by leaders.

Sapphires have adorned many royal crowns, gowns, jewelry and robes for as long as we can remember.

Symbolism of Sapphires

The blue sapphire has been thought to bring wisdom to its wearer. It is also believed to be the gemstone of nobility, truth, sincerity, romance and faithfulness.

The Most Beloved Sapphires of the British Royal Family

The Victorian Suite of Sapphire & Diamonds

A tiara was commissioned by the Queen to go with the set of earrings, pendant and necklace that was given to her by her father as a wedding present.

The original suite was created in 1850, but the tiara and a matching bracelet weren’t added until 1963.

The Victorian Suite of Sapphire & Diamonds

Getty / Tim Graham

The Chrysanthemum Sapphire Brooch

A rare piece that dates back to 1946. Queen Elizabeth II wore this repeatedly for years. It had so much sentimental value to her. Worn for important matters to include world affairs and important family moments, including Prince Charles’ christening.

The Chrysanthemum Sapphire Brooch

Left: Fox Photos/PNA//Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Right: AFP/Getty Images. October 1950, she wears the brooch for an early portrait with Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and baby Princess Anne.

Princess Diana’s Iconic Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring

Prince Charles picked a selection of rings to be presented to Diana for the proposal. The collection included the bold sapphire and diamond ring because it reminded Charles of the brooch he has so often seen his grandmother and mother wear. Diana reportedly chose it as it matched her blue eyes and the rest is history.

Princess Diana's Iconic Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring

Princess Diana’s Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace with Sapphire Closure

The giant sapphire was originally a brooch, gifted to Diana by the Queen Mother as a wedding present. Afterwards, it became the centerpiece of the seven strand pearl necklace that became a favorite of Diana’s.

Princess Diana's Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace with Sapphire Closure

Princess Diana’s Iconic Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring Returns

The iconic ring that Prince William used to propose to Kate with in 2010 is well known as the same ring that Prince Charles gave to Diana, but the design of the piece dates back to the mid-19th century. It is a 12 carat oval Ceylon sapphire set in 18k white gold surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. It was valued at $37,500 in 1981 when Charles proposed to Diana, but it is now considered priceless because of its history.

Princess Diana's Iconic Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring Returns

Photos: Getty Images/Chris Jackson; Getty Images/ Tim Graham. Princess Diana and Kate Middleton wearing the sapphire engagement ring by Garrard.

Princess Diana’s Sapphire & Diamond Dangle Earrings

In March of this year Kate Middleton debuted a very special pair of earrings on the first day of the Platinum Jubilee, to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the British throne! Many thought the smaller sapphire earrings that Kate often wears were made after the sapphire earrings Princess Diana once wore, had but this clears up the rumor.

Princess Diana's Sapphire & Diamond Dangle Earrings

Getty Images/Chris Jackson

I’m sure we will continue to see more sapphires in the the coming years with the British Royal Family and we can’t be more excited to see all these drool-worthy pieces on display.

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