This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
There’s something about blue sapphires that jewelers find bewitching. Historically, blue sapphires have been associated with royalty and nobility, and thanks to the British royal family, it has made a resurgence in engagement rings. In today’s high jewelry, the more intense blue stones seem to radiate their own light from within. In one Jacob & Co ring, a stunning 58.72-carat sugarloaf-cabochon blue sapphire is featured, letting the beauty of the natural Burmese gem shine through. Italian jeweler Picchiotti uses plenty of color in its classic collection, and this year one of founder Giuseppe Picchiotti’s favorite pieces is a sapphire suite. The necklace has 53 perfectly matched sapphires, and the earrings pair strands of sapphires and diamonds. Using rose-cut sapphires, Sutra plays with light and transparency in this beautiful bracelet, which mimics water trickling amid diamond stepping stones. One of the more modern pieces, Boghossian’s Kissing earrings are sure to be the star of any party—by setting emerald-cut diamonds atop large cushion-cut Ceylon sapphires, it appears that the diamonds are inside the sapphires. And Oscar Heyman’s silky necklace is made up of 80 marquise-cut sapphires set in twos, each pair punctuated by a diamond.