Besides Blue Sapphire and Ruby, the Corundum family also includes so-called "fancy sapphires". Many people are unaware that sapphires actually come in a wide variety of colours, namely violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues.
When Lady Diana Spencer became engaged to Prince of Wales in February 1981, her engagement ring consisted of 14 Diamonds surrounding a 12-carat Oval Blue Ceylon Sapphire set in 18-karat White Gold. The cost at that time was 28,000 pounds sterling, equivalent to approximately $44,380 Cdn. Since this Engagement Ring was recently given by Prince William to Kate Middleton, this Blue Sapphire Ring has become very popular with many copies of it being sold to the general public.