Colored gems: Increasing popularity in engagement ring, type of gemstones, and gemstone settings!

Imagine an engagement or wedding ring and diamond immediately comes to mind. For that matter, think of any romantic gift and jewelry and diamonds invariably cross the mind. And having decided on a diamond, one wants to next decide on its shape, size and the lustre or sparkle. But if you want to be unique, colorful, and display your individualistic artistic side, then you can incorporate colored gems into these rings. More and more people are opting for it these days.

Colored gems in engagement rings and Sapphires

A woman who opts for colored gems in engagement ring portrays her confidence and boldness. Celebrities such as Kate Middleton, Princess Eugenie, Jackie Kennedy, Jessica Simpson, Halle Berry, Empress Josephine, Eva Longoria, and Victoria Beckham all went against the wave and chose colored gemstones in their engagement rings. This regal trend is percolating down to the general masses.

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Sapphires as halo around a diamond (Source: Diamond by Raymond Lee)

Not all gemstones are ideal for engagement rings. Since one wears this ring always, it should be durable. Hence the best gemstones for engagement rings after diamonds are sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.

Blue sapphires in engagement rings date back to ancient Greece and Rome when kings and Queens used to have them in order to ward off envy and harm. It stands for royalty, good fortune, wisdom, virtue, and purity. In romantic alliance, it speaks of loyalty and sincerity. Victorian era royals also used to embed them in their rings. It is 9/10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.

Rubies and Emeralds

Ruby is the King of Gems and stands for royalty and is rare and blood red in color. It implies passion of love, energy, zest of life, and power. It also has 9/10 on Mohs Hardness scale. Thus it is rare, hard, and beautiful and powerful.

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Emeralds as halo around a diamond (Source: Diamond by Raymond Lee)

The fascination for emeralds is as old as 6000 years back. It is said to hold healing powers. Ptolemy, the King of Egypt, Alexander the Great, Henry II, and Queen Elizabeth all coveted emeralds. They have a positive impact on intelligence and memory. It symbolizes truth and love. It provides harmony, intimacy, and security. Its hardness is 7.5/10.

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Gemstone settings in engagement ring

There are three ways to set colored precious stones in the ring. The first is the halo gemstone setting. In this the diamond is in the centre and colored gems surround it like a halo. It looks majestic and stunning. The cuts of diamond could be found, emerald or step cut. It adds richness and value to the ring.

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Rubies as side stones to diamond in a ring (Source: Pinterest)

The second setting is in which the colored gemstone is placed in the center. And surrounding it are accent stones of white diamond. In the third setting, diamond is in the center and colored gemstones form the side stones. This forms the three-stone engagement ring. It adds radiance and modernity to the ring. All three stones can be of any size, shape, or cut.