Although traditionally, diamonds have been the top choice for engagement rings and bridal jewellery, gemstones of rich, vibrant colours are now at the top of the wish list for many brides-to-be. Perhaps also for you?
But wait! Don’t just pick ANY gemstone. It is important to consider the durability factor if you are planing to wear your ring every day. The most logical choice besides a diamond is a sapphire. “But I don’t like blue”, I often hear clients say.
Not a problem!
Did you know that sapphires come in all colours of the rainbow? Gasp! Even each colour comes in a range of shades to choose from, giving you unlimited possibilities when it comes to selecting the perfect gemstone. Although blue sapphires are still the most popular choice, thanks to Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, colours that are currently "on trend” include soft peaches, pastel and hot pinks, blue-green and purple shades. Other gorgeous options include yellows, oranges and green sapphires.
Sapphires in all colours are a part of the “corundum” family and score a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness (the only harder material being a diamond at a 10). Another member of the corundum family is a ruby, its colour ranges from pinkish to purplish red as well as deeper, darker red shades. A ruby is another spectacular choice for an engagement ring that will withstand everyday wear.
Cant decide on the metal colour? Personally, I love combining gemstones with yellow or rose gold, to either complement the centre stone or create a stunning contrast. Imagine a vibrant, bright red ruby set in yellow gold for a bold look, or a mesmerising peach sapphire in rose gold for something a bit more subtle yet unique. Alternatively, a magnificent, royal blue sapphire set in white gold is a more “traditional” choice yet still adds a touch of individuality.
Still not convinced? Choose an engagement ring with a coloured gemstone if you are:
looking for a one-of-a-kind colour
want to make a statement
“over” the diamond engagement ring ideas
someone who likes a pop of colour on a daily basis
considering a larger stone for your budget
looking for a durable stone for daily wear
love a fancy cut such as oval, pear or elongated cushion (gemstones are typically cut to suit a more elongated shape, however round options are also available)
looking to follow the likes of Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry and Princess Eugenie.
Speaking of royalty, have you seen Princess Eugenie's exquisite ring starring a "Padparadscha"? Named after a lotus blossom, it is a pinkish orange variety of sapphire.
Are you ready to choose the perfect stone for your engagement ring?
Would you like to be a part of the gemstone selecting process?
Tsarina Gems provides a guided, one-on-one experience which leads you every step of the way through your gemstone and style selection. If you are interested in seeing a selection of loose sapphires before they are set into a ring of your choice, contact us today!
Not looking for an engagement ring? Gemstone jewellery is perfect for any occasion and daily wear, from pendants to earrings to rings. I even love adding them to my stacking bands for a pop of colour.
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