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Few jewelry decisions are more important than choosing your engagement ring. Not only will you wear this ring forever and always, but its style will speak volumes about the type of woman you are. If your choice is a classic solitaire diamond, you are likely elegant and traditional. But if you find yourself drawn to a blue sapphire engagement ring, then you probably have an independent streak and an eye for fashion–much like history's most famous owner of a blue sapphire engagement ring, the one and only Princess Diana.
Royal watchers were shocked by Princess Diana's choice of engagement ring. The woman who could have any ring in the world custom-made to suit her taste chose a readymade ring. Anyone who could afford the ring–a 12-carat oval sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds and set in white gold–could order it from Garrard of Mayfair. But the People's Princess loved this blue sapphire ring so much that she continued to wear it even after her divorce from Prince Charles.
After Princess Diana's tragic death in 1997, her two young sons–Princes William and Harry–were each allowed to choose a piece of their mother's jewelry as a remembrance. Prince William chose a Cartier watch. Harry chose the blue sapphire engagement ring.
Fast forward to 2010, when Prince William delighted the world by asking the gorgeous Kate Middleton to be his wife and perhaps the future Queen of England. In a moving tribute to their mother, the princes agreed that Kate should wear the ring.
Like Princess Diana herself, a blue sapphire is striking and compelling. You can easily lose yourself in its blue depths. The ancient Persians believed the Earth was mounted on a blue sapphire and that its color was reflected in the sky. The sapphire symbolizes loyalty, faithfulness and trust, making it the perfect symbol of a couple's love.
Beyond its royal connotations, a blue sapphire engagement ring presents a timeless yet unconventional choice. It's also a sturdy gemstone: On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, a sapphire scores a 9. (Diamonds are rated a 10.)
Remember: The first question you'll get after you announce your engagement is, "Can I see the ring?"–and this ring will be your constant accessory, whether you're wearing blue jeans or a cocktail dress. Choose a sapphire engagement ring to tell the world that you and your relationship are one–of–a–kind.