The perfect engagement ring means to many, a ring with a large diamond while to others , a ring with shiny flawless stones. But, to some others. engagement ring includes a stunning gemstone flashing brilliant colors.
Gemstones as a centerpiece for an engagement ring is not a new trend yet many going for an ideal gemstone engagement ring feel a little lost among options.
While the lower-end gemstones are widely available, the high-end fine gemstones are a little more difficult to acquire. Often these stones are more expensive than the majority of diamonds available in the market. So needless to point out, that you got to have an idea in gemstone basics. So, how does one go about finding the perfect gemstone engagement ring? Let’s take a look at some different types of gemstones, possible settings, and where you can source these stones.
Emeralds, Rubies, and Sapphires
Until not too long ago, gemstones were categorized into two types, the precious gemstones and the semi-precious gemstones. There are four stones in the first type namely diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Diamonds well known. Emeralds too are famous for their mesmerizing green hue, yet found in other colors as well including yellow. Though comparatively softer than the other three gemstones, they are still quite durable and are used quite often for engagement rings.
Rubies and Sapphires actually come from the same source mineral. The main difference between the two being the color. Both of these rank 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Rubies are sapphires that are red. In fact, the finest rubies are classified as Pigeon Blood Red. Any stone that is not red enough to qualify as a ruby is called a pink sapphire. Sapphires appear in a number of colors as well including orange, green, and purple. The most popular being blue.
While precious gemstones can be quite costly, semi-precious gemstones are more affordable. There are far too many stones to list here, but we will mention some of the most popular types such as Alexandrite, amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, garnet, jade, opal, onyx, pearl, peridot, rubelite, topaz, tourmaline, and tanzanite are the most popular, but still just a fraction of the world’s semi-precious gemstones.
If you are of the color pink, garnet could be your stone. Lovers of red will fancy the sensuous hues of the rubelite stone while fans of orange would like bright color of a Mexican Fire Opal or a topaz stone. Citrine offers yellow and orange hues, and green can be found in jade and peridot stones.
For blue, there are many choices including tanzanite, tourmaline, and aquamarine. Purple hues are best observed in an amethyst and alexandrite can do if one is looking for a more neutral, grayish stone. Pearls are another option of course in the neutral department while onyx is the go-to stone for the black color.
Engagement Ring Settings
Similar to diamond ring settings, there are solitaire, halo, three-stone, and side stone ring settings. Daintier rings will look better on smaller frames while bulkier rings can complement a wider build. Loud and vibrant gemstones look phenomenal on their own and don’t need other stones in the same setting. Paler stones, however, could look more impressive when paired with another colored stone or alternatively, with a colorless gem.
In order to end up with the perfect ring you find it in sync with your personality. That will help you connect with a perfect stone and guide you in your quest of finding the ultimate ring. Finding the perfect ring is a little like finding love; you will know when you find it because it will feel right.