Color makes a statement.
A diamond engagement ring is beautiful and classy, but they’re not for everyone. Today, we’re seeing a resurgence in colored gemstones as the ultimate expression of love. So, if you’re thinking about veering off the beaten path and taking an engagement ring less traveled, a colored gemstone engagement ring may be perfect for you! Precious gemstones like Sapphire, Ruby, and Emerald express individuality and transcend the traditional. Not quite ready to break tradition, but want something a little more unusual? Colored diamonds (link to color diamonds area Diamonds 101) range from white and the soft browns of champagne to vivid yellows, pinks and many other hues. Making your statement in color is an exciting alternative and definitely fashion-forward.
Color is bold. Putting a colored gemstone engagement ring on your left hand is unique and certainly unexpected. But, in reality, there’s really nothing new about it. The Royals have been doing it for centuries. Who hasn’t seen Kate Middleton’s stunning blue sapphire ring? Don’t get us wrong. We love the classic, but in retrospect, color today is classic. Who else is wearing color? Lots of other celebs like Olivia Wilde, Reese Witherspoon, Blake Lively and Carrie Underwood. Dare to be different? Talk to us about colored gemstone engagement rings!
There are many options in the world of colored gemstones (link to Learn about color). First and foremost, you’ll want to know a few important things to navigate the waters.
Just like when you purchase a diamond (link to diamond search), you need to understand the 4 Cs, there are a number of factors to consider when picking out the perfect colored stone. This is why it’s so important to talk to a jeweler and gemologist who is trained in color, educated in color, and yes, one you can trust. At Jaymark Jewelers, we will steer you in the right direction and are considered to be color experts, even by our peers
Here are a few things you need to know:
It’s not uncommon for some gemstones to go through some sort of “enhancement process”, typically in the form of intense heating. Heating is the most common treatment and stabilizes or brightens the color of most gemstones. Any other treatment is considered an enhancement and severely detracts from its value. A reputable jeweler will be able to tell you about any and all lab enhancements for each stone that you are considering for your one-of-a-kind creation.
Not every gemstone is created equal when it comes to durability. So, if you’re like most of us and planning on wearing your engagement ring every day, make sure you select gemstones that are right for your lifestyle. A Sapphire or Ruby is as durable and hard as a Diamond and can withstand some wear and tear. An Emerald is not as durable. And, if you’re considering a Pearl as a center stone, well, they’re easily scratched and we definitely don’t recommend it for someone who is extremely active!
Cost and Value
When you’re looking to purchase a colored gemstone, naturally deeply-hued gemstones are generally rarer than those that are paler and less vivid. The more vivid the color is, typically the more expensive the gemstone will be. For a diamond, the cost is based on its rarity and those ever-important 4Cs (link to Diamonds 101 4 C area).