Ceylon Royal blue sapphire engagement ring in platinum, size L. Can be resized.
Limited edition of two, Lilia Nash ethical diamond and pink sapphire pendant necklace featuring a 2.7ct natural rose cut sapphire and white diamonds.
Bespoke engagement ring, set with a 0.8 carat Australian parti sapphire with Canadian fair trade side diamonds. Solid 18ct gold.

Sapphires are best known for their deep blue colour, but these beautiful precious gemstones are actually available in virtually any colour - with the exception of red. That's because sapphires are part of the mineral group called corundum which also includes their sister stone, the ruby!

The colour of a sapphire depends on different elements being present when the sapphire begins to form, including iron, titanium, chromium, copper and magnesium. A little more or a little less, the absence of one or more element; and the colour will differ. From very pale pink through to the deepest ocean blue, sapphires are popular in a variety of colours with popularity for certain colours changing with fashion.

silvery grey sapphire
SA165 princess yellow sapphire 4.5mm 0.65ct
SA155 sapphire 5mm 0.69ct
chatham padparadscha sapphire
rose cut parti sapphire

Sapphire Engagement Rings

Unsurprisingly, sapphires are beloved by the rich and famous due to their prestigious precious gemstone status. The Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, wears an 18 carat white gold engagement ring featuring a brilliant 12-carat Ceylon blue sapphire ring set in a halo of 14 diamonds. The sapphire engagement ring previously belonged to Prince William's mother, Princess Diana - and is one of the most famous sapphires in the world.

The Duchess of Cambridge isn't the only member of the British Royal Family member with a penchant for sapphires. Queen Elizabeth II owns a brilliant sapphire as part of the crown jewels, set in an elaborate gold crown held at The Tower of London. It's fair to say that sapphires are somewhat regal, and are among the most expensive precious gems favoured today.

See more sapphire engagement rings

Visit the Lilia Nash Jewellery Shop to see our full range of sapphire engagement rings.

World's Biggest Sapphires

The largest sapphire is The Star of Adam which was mined in Sri Lanka and is an incredible 1404 carats! The oval shaped sapphire is also a star sapphire, meaning it has a white star-like reflection that further adds to its brilliant sparkle. Its estimated worth is $100 million US dollars. The second largest sapphire can be found in The American Museum of National History, and is named the Star of India - coming in at 563 carats.

Ethical Sapphires & Lab Grown Gems

Sapphires are often substituted in jewellery by semi-precious gemstones in similar colours as a more affordable option. Jewellery designer Lilia Nash uses lab-grown gemstones as an ethical and more economical alternative. These gems are made in laboratories using a recipe that will produce the desired colour and clarity. Ethical gemstones have a lesser environmental impact as well as ensuring no one was exploited to obtain them, they're also far less expensive than their naturally-made counterparts, so they allow fans to buy bigger, more brilliant sapphire stones with a smaller budget.

If only a natural sapphire will do, fair trade sapphires are Lilia's stone of choice. These beautiful gemstones were mined by companies operating a fair trade policy, meaning their workers are fairly compensated for sourcing the stones. As with all precious stones, sapphires are in high demand around the world and command good prices. Buying fair trade sapphires helps to ensure that no one was exploited in the supply chain, between the sapphire being mined and it being set in your jewellery.

Lilia Nash Sapphire Catalogue

Lilia has a selection of lab-grown and natural sapphires available for bespoke and custom designs. Choose between blue sapphires and fancy coloured sapphires, all chosen personally by Lilia from fair trade suppliers and ethical gemstone cutters.

Sapphire Birthstone Meaning

Those born in September have a sapphire as their birthstone. Those born in September are said to be natural leaders, with a calm energy that balances with their natural ability to take control of situations. People with a September birthstone are kind but keep their hearts protected, balancing trust with love and being led equally by their minds and hearts.

Sapphire birthstone jewellery traditionally features blue sapphire stones set in gold or silver, and this forms the basis for the Lilia Nash collection of September birthstone jewellery. You can see some of the pieces below or see all of our sapphires suitable for birthdays in our September Birthday Gift page.

  • birthstone necklace with aquamarine, sapphire and blue topazBirthstone Necklace with Designer Tag

    Sterling Silver Personalised Birthstone Necklace (1-6 Gems)

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  • Birthstone gold necklaceBirthstone Chart Gold

    18ct Gold Personalised Birthstone Necklace (1- 6 Gems)

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  • september birthstone necklace, sapphireSeptember Birthstone Necklace

    Sterling Silver Signature Sapphire Necklace (September Birthstone)

    £135
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  • sapphire stud earrings 18ct goldsapphire stud earrings 18ct gold

    18ct Gold Sapphire Stud Earrings (September Birthstone)

    £400
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See more sapphire birthstone jewellery

Visit the Lilia Nash Jewellery Shop to see our full range of sapphire birthstone jewellery in 18 carat gold and Sterling silver.

Sapphire Wedding Anniversary

The sapphire wedding anniversary marks 45 years of marriage and is one of the major wedding anniversary landmarks. Many people choose to gift their partner a blue sapphire for this occasion, but there is actually a blue sapphire wedding anniversary - marking 65 years of marriage!

For this reason, it is becoming more traditional to present a sapphire of the wearer's preferred shade for a 45th anniversary gift - and thankfully there is a veritable rainbow of stones to choose from. Pink sapphires have become increasingly popular as sapphire wedding anniversary jewellery due to our affiliation with the colour pink and love. Fashionable shades such as teal, honey yellow (also known as honey quartz) and deep purple offer a more vibrant sapphire setting that complements white gold and rose gold beautifully. White sapphires are also frequently used as flanking gemstones to frame a sparkling coloured sapphire.

You can see some of Lilia Nash's sapphire wedding anniversary jewellery below. She also available to design bespoke sapphire wedding anniversary jewellery. Please contact her for more information.

Sapphire Wedding Anniversary Jewellery

  • sapphire necklace in 18ct goldsapphire necklace in 18ct gold

    Signature 18ct Gold Sapphire Necklace (September Birthstone)

    £710
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  • Blue Sapphire Platinum Stud Earrings

    £1,200
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  • Birthstone gold necklaceBirthstone Chart Gold

    18ct Gold Personalised Birthstone Necklace (1- 6 Gems)

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  • 18ct Gold Petite Milgrain Sapphire September Birthstone Necklace

    £630
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  • 18ct White Gold Petite Milgrain Sapphire September Birthstone Pendant

    £650
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  • blue sapphire eternity ringblue sapphire eternity ring

    Blue Sapphire Half Eternity Ring (18ct Gold or Platinum)

    £1,350£1,500
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  • 18ct Gold Petal Blue Sapphire Earrings

    £710
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  • blue sapphire and diamond eternity bandblue sapphire diamond ring

    Blue Sapphire & Diamond Ring (18ct Gold or Platinum)

    £1,470£1,650
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See more sapphire wedding anniversary jewellery

Visit the Lilia Nash Jewellery Shop to see our full edit of sapphire anniversary jewellery in 18 carat gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum and Sterling silver.

Lilia Nash

ABOUT LILIA NASH JEWELLERY

Lilia Nash is an independent jewellery designer working from a boutique jewellery shop and studio in Lechlade, Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom.

She has a passion for ethical jewellery making, using recycled gold, silver and platinum to create her collections. All of the diamonds and gemstones featured in Lilia's jewellery are either fair trade or lab-grown,  lessening environmental impact and ensuring that fair prices have been paid throughout the supply chain.

Lilia is dedicated to creating handmade jewellery that's of exceptional quality, made with the finest quality materials.