It is said that one of the first engagement rings ever given held a beautiful blue Sapphire gemstone. Typically now when we think of engagement rings we envisage a diamond at it’s centre.
However, younger generations seem to want to try a less conventional approach when it comes to engagement ring design incorporating their own sense of unique style and how better to do this than with a coloured gemstone.
Let’s look into what gemstones are available and practical to wear everyday.
Sapphires are any colour of the mineral corundum other than red. The most desirable sapphires are generally those with an intense blue colour with plenty of sparkle and life, however, they can also come in an assortment of colours such as pink. They can be found in Brazil, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Thailand, Madagascar and Australia. Colour: Shades of blue, pink, yellow & other various colours. With a hardness on the mohs scale of 9 they are perfect for everyday wear.
Rubies are the red variety of a mineral called Corundum. (The same family as sapphires). Natural occurring rubies are very rare and extremely rare in large sizes. They can be found in many regions around the world from India, East Africa, South America, and a few deposits in the United States. Colour: pinkish red or deep, rich red colour Hardness: 9 perfect for engagement rings.
Emeralds are part of the Beryl family. Clear stones with vibrant colours command the highest prices. They can be found in Brazil, Pakistan, Russia, East Africa, India, Madagascar and Columbia, at this point in time the best emeralds come from Colombia. Colour: Emeralds come in many shades of green and bluish green. Emeralds do need to be taken care of a little bit more than other gemstones as the hardness is 7.5 to 8 on the mohs scale.
If you’re a bride who loves colour or a gentleman looking for the perfect ring for his unconventional partner, take some time to look beyond the colourless diamond. You’ll find beautiful engagement rings come in every color of the rainbow.