This custom ring contains a 2.33 carat round Ceylon sapphire center, two pear shaped side diamonds weighing a total weight of .36 carats and 64 round brilliant diamonds weighing a total of .59 carats, all set in 18k white gold. This ring is so special because there is no sapphire as highly respected for its quality and enduring value as the Ceylon sapphire. The gemstones called Ceylon sapphires come from Sri Lanka, a large island in the Indian Ocean that until 1972 was called Ceylon. Unlike other gemstones, Ceylon sapphires aren’t heat-treated to achieve their color. Ceylon sapphires are apart of the corundum gem family and are second only to diamonds in hardness. The strength of these sapphires makes them an excellent choice for jewelry because of their durability.
For many centuries, Ceylon sapphires have been treasured by royal families around the world. Renowned for their allure and range of blues; sapphires are considered a symbol of love, loyalty, power, royalty and wisdom. Some of the most prominent relationships royals have had with sapphires are the Ceylon sapphire. Such pieces include the Ceylon sapphire encrusted Imperial Crown of Russia worn by Queen Catherine II of Moscow, and the Ceylon sapphire brooch given by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. But the most world renowned piece is Princess Diana’s engagement ring, that is currently worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, contains a 12 carat oval Ceylon sapphire with 14 diamonds around it.