Sapphire vs Ruby Engagement Rings: Which Stone Rocks?

Coloured gemstones have had a resurgence, especially given that nostalgia is the current trend circulating in the jewellery world. While they have always held an illustrious position in engagement rings, sapphires and rubies are particularly popular at the moment, often appealing to brides-to-be who want an alternative to the traditional diamond. 

So, if you’re among the crowd wanting to make a statement with their wedding jewellery, but find yourself torn between the regal ruby and the sublime sapphire, read on to see which may suit your preferences more. 

Why choose a sapphire engagement ring?

Sapphires are a beautiful engagement ring choice, not least because of the incredible variances of shades they come in, but also because they are easy to admire, and are immensely durable and resistant to everyday knocks, too. The most distinct sapphire that people think of is the late Princess Diana’s royal blue sapphire engagement ring, seen today on the Duchess of Cambridge. The regal ties of the sapphire have led to its desirability, with many wanting to achieve the same opulent style as the royals. 

However, sapphires have been desired long before their noble ties. Traditionally, the sapphire was worn for its spiritual benefits. For centuries it has been seen as a guardian of innocence, believed to attract blessings, abundance, and gifts. It has even been believed to protect against negative energies, calm the mind, and strengthen intuition. Those born in the month of September may also feel a connection to the sapphire as it is the gem associated with the month. 

Why choose a ruby engagement ring?

The ruby engagement ring is synonymous with love and romance due to its sensuous red hue that makes it so iconic. It’s almost born to be a symbol of marriage therefore its easy to understand why so many are taken by this precious gem. Much like the sapphire, rubies are also popular within royal circles, as the stone is extremely valuable, and commands high prices. The most valuable rubies are those of a pigeon blood shade as they are highly saturated and have natural red fluorescence.

However, many gravitate towards the ruby for its symbolic meaning rather than rarity. The ruby is thought to symbolise passion, love and courage, and boost energy, self-esteem, intuition, and spiritual wisdom. Whereas in ancient times, warriors in Burma and China would adorn their armour with small rubies to protect them in battle. And for those born in July, the ruby is the birthstone for the month, and so wearing it may hold significant sentiment for July-born brides. 

A side-by-side comparison of sapphire and ruby engagement rings  

To get a more detailed look into the similarities and differences between the stones, we’ve compiled a table to see which is better as an engagement ring stone.





9 (Mohs) Extremely durable

9 (Mohs) Extremely durable


Can be found in a range of colours, including pink, yellow, green, blue, and white.

Can be found in different shades of red


Gem-quality corundum formed deep within earth’s crust 

Gem-quality corundum formed deep within earth’s crust 


Vibrant, royal blue sapphires are most valuable and rare

Pigeon blood coloured rubies are most valuable and rare


Associated with abundance, gifts, and blessings

Associated with passion, love, and romance




Which should you choose?

It is undeniable that both sapphires and rubies make for exquisite engagement ring stones. They are both incredibly durable and unique, and their individual characteristics and symbolism make either one a winner. As both are incredibly durable too, they are practical as engagement ring stones, and will last a lifetime of love and romance. 

Both types of gemstone are also available in a wide range of styles, from vintage-inspired cluster engagement rings, to three stone settings and more. Both stone also pair beaitufully with diamonds and various precious metals, such as yellow gold, white gold and platinum. Therefore, no matter your preferences, you’re guaranteed to find a sapphire or ruby ring that suits. 

As a result, it is impossible to settle the debate and there really is no right or wrong choice between the two. But, perhaps one has come on top for you and now you can go ahead and make your decision. 

For more information regarding sapphire or ruby engagement rings, our expert team are on hand to help. Book a free consultation with our team today. 

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