Channel Your Inner Kate Middleton with These Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Rings

There was only one thing everyone wanted to talk about when Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010: Her gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring — the same ring once worn by his beloved mother, the late Princess Diana.

William told reporters that the ring is “very special to me, and Kate's now very special to me, so it was only right to put the two together.” And it’s definitely a special ring: The stunner is definitely one of the top sapphire and diamond engagement rings out there. Luckily, this beautiful ring combo isn’t just for royalty — you can have it, too.

Things to consider when buying a sapphire and diamond engagement ring

Sapphires are an instant conversation piece when added to an engagement ring — and the combination of the gemstones make a striking pair that’s as durable as it is beautiful.

Like diamonds, sapphires are priced depending on a number of factors, including weight. The actual cost per carat can vary from rather inexpensive (less than $50) to thousands of dollars. In general, they’re typically less expensive than diamonds, so opting for a sapphire center stone with diamond accents can be a more cost-effective alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring.

Even better: Your sapphire and diamond engagement ring can increase the sparkle, which means you can come down on sapphire quality if you need to. Lower clarity sapphires can seem a bit dull, but a diamond halo can offset that effect — and not all sapphire and diamond engagement rings are sapphire stones with diamond halos. You can have a sapphire solitaire with a diamond band or even a sapphire center stone with two side stone diamonds.

sapphire and diamond engagement ring styles

And as for how sapphires compare to diamonds in terms of strength? Though some gemstones are significantly softer than diamonds, sapphires are not one of them. The gemstones are 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, so you don't have to worry that they'll get scratched if they're a big center stone.