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July 31, 2018updated May 22, 2020

Moody Blues: Radiant Sapphires in High Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

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.

Oscar Heyman necklace in platinum with 41.71 carats sapphires and 9.64 carats diamonds, $200,000, available at Oscar Heyman in New York, contact Tom Heyman,, +1 212 593 0400,

Picchiotti earrings in 18K white gold with 13.27 carats sapphires and 6.27 carats diamonds, $107,000, available at Elizabeth Bruns in Charlotte, NC, contact Wilson Glasgow, +1 704 365 3700,

Boghossian Kissing earrings in 18K white gold with 54.28 carats Ceylon sapphires and 7.55 carats diamonds, price on request, available at Boghossian in London, +44 207 495 0885,

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Sutra bracelet in 18K white gold with 126 carats sapphires and 9 carats diamonds, $95,000, available at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, +1 310 550 5900,

Jacob & Co ring in platinum with 58.72-carat sugarloaf-cabochon natural Burmese blue sapphire and 3 carats brilliant-cut diamonds, price on request, available at Jacob & Co in New York, +1 212 719 5887,

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