Vintage and antique sapphire rings have a timeless quality, whether a solitaire design or accompanied by diamonds as a diamond sapphire ring, in a three-stone or a cluster. Vintage and diamond sapphire rings are suitable to be worn and enjoyed every day, as they possess superior hardness and durability.
At Berganza, every vintage sapphire ring is natural and unenhanced, meaning no treatments have been applied. Today intensity of colour, optical phenomenon and even the actual colour hue can be altered and created by various treatments. To see a naturally occurring and unenhanced sapphire is becoming increasingly rare, making our vintage and antique sapphire rings exceptionally special.
Of particular note are Ceylon sapphires, known for their bright mid blue colour, often referred to as ‘cornflower' blue. These sapphires are highly prized and are typically a lighter shade of blue than sapphires from other mines around the world. Burmese sapphires are particularly sought after for their exceptional quality and an intense, highly saturated rich colour.
Fancy colour sapphires ranging from pink, violet, purple, yellow and green offer a multitude of colour options, although most often vintage and antique sapphire rings will feature the deep blue colour. The most prized and rarest of the fancy coloured sapphires is the Padparadscha, these extremely scarce sapphires are a subtle mixture of pinkish-orange to orangey-pink.
Rare natural and unenhanced vintage star sapphire set rings showcasing the optical phenomenon known as ‘asterism' display a spectacular shimmering star effect on the top of the stone.
Sapphires have many different purposes. They are very hard stones, scoring a 9 on the Mohs scale, making them an ideal choice for everyday wear as well as special occasions thanks to their striking beauty.
Sapphires are regularly used on rings as a result of their durability, with diamond sapphire rings increasing in popularity following Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s engagement. Her beautiful vintage sapphire ring became a major point of interest and increased demand for the style. The striking appearance of Art Deco sapphire rings make this era especially popular, bringing antique sapphire rings into the spotlight.
Although sapphires are used on necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches, there is something exceptionally special about the deep blue centrepiece seen on antique sapphire rings that makes them especially popular.
The value of sapphires differs greatly depending on the colour, and also the presence of flaws or inclusions which in small amounts indicates that the stone is natural. The most valuable sapphires will have a strong colour that is highly saturated. The most valuable vintage and antique sapphire rings can be valued well into the hundreds of thousands, with some of the rarest pieces being worth millions.
Sapphires are usually worth around £450 to £1500 per carat, although of course, the price will increase to have the gemstone set which is time consuming when done properly. This is one reason why antique and vintage sapphire rings are so valuable. Diamond sapphire rings are a popular choice, so the price would increase with the addition of the diamonds. The craftsmanship seen in antique and vintage sapphire rings is exceptional, with Art Deco sapphire rings being particularly stunning. The level of craftsmanship will also have an influence on how much pieces of sapphire jewellery are worth.
Lab created sapphires are made in a laboratory which simulates the environment that natural sapphires are formed in. An extremely hot and high pressure environment is created using machinery that enables sapphires to be formed in as little as a few days, whereas natural sapphires take millions of years to form!
The advantage of vintage and antique sapphire rings is that they are likely to be natural as the machinery used for lab created sapphires was not widely used until the 1970’s. Yet, it is always advisable to go to a certified jeweller to be sure.
Sapphires are most commonly blue gemstones, although they can actually come in a range of different colours! Blue, pink, green, purple and orange sapphires can be found in a range of different shades, with the most vibrant stones being the more valuable. The rarest colour of sapphire is a beautiful deep orange colour, though it is not regularly seen.
The most expensive sapphire colour is pure blue, and vintage and antique sapphire rings most commonly feature blue sapphires, especially Art Deco sapphire rings in which the blue sapphire was a firm favourite.
Alongside diamonds, rubies and emeralds, sapphires are indeed precious stones! These are the only four gemstones that are considered as precious, with many others being semi-precious. The beauty, rarity, durability and hardness of a gemstone indicates whether it is a precious stone or not, making these four gemstones the most valuable and desirable.
This is why vintage and antique sapphire rings are especially popular, as they are not only beautiful but they will last a lifetime. It is for this reason that so many beautiful Art Deco sapphire rings are still circulating, as well as those from centuries earlier.