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Sapphire Puzzle Engagement Rings in 3 Styles

August 4th, 2016 No comments

Greetings, Stacy,

For a puzzle ring with a princess-cut or a round sapphire, then there are three potential styles for you to consider.

So let me take you on a tour – though I will caution you that some pictures won’t have a sapphire, as I want to show you the different styles, and not all  have been photographed with a sapphire. Indeed, not all of these styles will be shown with an open weave, and that is the weave preferable for mating with a shadow band.

I’ll give you prices at the end, as for a given stone, the price would be the same in all three styles. The price only changes if the weight of the puzzle ring goes up for a larger stone, which I’ll also mention at the end.




This is the Guinevere style, shown with a 0.40CT round sapphire – I’d want to go a little bigger on your stone if you go with round  (this is 4mm in diam, and a 4.5mm or even 5mm looks better with a shadow band), but this is the only image I have with the round blue sapphire in a Guinevere medium-weight puzzle ring (MWPR).



Here is an example of a Guinevere puzzle ring with a 0.60CT to 0.63CT princess-cut blue sapphire. Again this is a tight weave, but it looks lovely with the open weave. (MWPR)



A Guinevere puzzle ring with a 0.375CT, 3.75mm sapphire, and a Celtic knotwork shadow band. This is what platinum will look like. It’s very white and gorgeous! (MWPR)


DCF 1.0

Now for a Guinevere with a 4mm, princess-cut sapphire and a simple, two-millimeter shadow band. (MWPR)


DCF 1.0

This first image shows an Athena style – this is a round stone in a very secure, six-prong setting on a medium weight puzzle ring. We usually do this with a tight weave, as shown, but it could certainly be done with an open weave.



This is the Avalon style shown with a water sapphire (iolite) and an open weave. Notice the stone setting is a medium-low height, and it has rather chunky prongs. This setting does not tend to get caught on thing. A princess-cut stone can have this orientation or the setting can be turned 45 degrees for a “kite” orientation. This setting can also hold a round stone. It’s a little more contemporary in design. (MWPR)



Here is another Avalon with an open weave. This ring is a little bit heavier — we call it the just-over-medium-weight — and is set with a 5mm blue topaz stone.




A Guinevere with a one-carat sapphire on a just-over-medium-weight puzzle ring. This is definitely a lot more ring.


No matter what style or puzzle ring or shape of stone you want, we’ll need to look at how we can get the darkest blue stone that you want.

As for pricing: First let me price the puzzle ring for you. The shadow band price may change with a new wax carver. I am pretty sure that today I scored a fabulous new wax carver who will be able to do your ring.

Prices will be for a four-band, medium weight puzzle ring in either the Athena, Avalon, or Guinevere style, fully finished in platinum.
4.5mm (0.55CT) AA round sapphire $2,297 (providing platinum doesn’t do anything crazy in the near future)
4.5mm (0.55CT) AAA round sapphire $2,788
3.75mm (0.375CT) AA princess-cut sapphire $2,297
4mm (0.46CT) AA princess-cut-sapphire $2,597
4.5mm (0.63CT) AA princess-cut sapphire $3097

Mostly what is available in sapphire right now is AA.  It is usually a bit darker than the AAA, though AAA is a slightly higher grade. Truthfully with a lot of stones, we like to use AA, because it saves you money and most of us (other than trained gemologists) can’t tell the difference. But I tend to think the AAA has more flashes of medium blue in it than does the AA.

[All prices are subject to change with availability until order is finalized and payment is received – okay that’s the only “fine print”.]

Right now our main supplier, Stuller, Inc. happens to have one certified blue sapphire which looks very dark. It is a 0.78CT, so it would have to be on the just-over-medium-weight, and in platinum it would be $3,997.00. You can see the stone under this link. This is a 5mm stone, so it would look similar to the bright blue topaz shown above.

Certified stones are certainly desirable – they usually have some outstanding characteristics, which in the case of this stone is a deep, dark, blue violet color. It would be gorgeous, and it probably will go soon, so it’s likely not suitable if you prefer a more relaxed schedule for ordering. The other stones, or ones very close to them, tend to be available all the time.


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