Ever since Prince William donned Kate’s finger with a 12 carat oval blue sapphire engagement ring, the color craze has taken off. Gemstones as engagement ring center stones display individuality and provide a unique flair. If you or your future fiancé want a bit of color and personality, we’ve compiled a list of the best gemstones for an engagement ring.
Determining Your Color
Choosing a gemstone off of a favorite color alone is great, but for a ring that is being worn every day, presumably for the rest of your life, you’ll want a color that complements your skin tone. Determining your skin tone is easy, just look at the color of your veins.
If you have blue veins you have a cool skin tone. Cool skin tone looks best with white metals. Pink, red, blue, purple and green gemstones look best on those with a cool skin tone. Cool skin tones can pull off brightly colored gemstones.
If you have green veins you have a warm skin tone. Yellow metals and earth tone colored gemstones look best on warm skin tones. Those include orange, brown, yellow and turquoise.
The Right Gemstone
Finding the right gemstone for an engagement ring all comes down to the durability of the gem. You want a gem that is going to last a lifetime, and be passed down through generations.
No gem compares to the durability of a diamond. A diamond is a 10 on the Mohs scale, which rates minerals on their ability to withstand scratching as well as their hardness. So if you’re looking for a little color opt for a colored diamond. Naturally occurring colored diamonds are extremely rare, so if you want to go natural be prepared to pay a pretty penny. You can still get beautifully colored diamonds for a reasonable price, by a permanent process of irradiation, which turns diamonds into fancy colors.
A sapphire is another great way to add color to an engagement ring. Sapphires are a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, so they are also a great stone that is suitable for everyday wear. Because of the versatility in color of sapphires there’s bound to be a sapphire in the color you want.
Rubies are also an excellent gemstone for an engagement ring. They are essentially a sapphire, both made of corundum, so a ruby is as hard and as durable as any sapphire, just a tad bit more expensive than a sapphire because of their rarity. In fact, a ruby can be the same price as a white diamond if they are good quality. Rubies have long been used in engagement rings as a symbol of passion, love, sincerity and faithfulness.
For those looking for a green gemstone most people jump to an Emerald, but despite an Emerald’s beautiful color the stone is actually not a practical one for an engagement ring. Although an Emerald is hard it is a very brittle stone. If you absolutely love the green color of an Emerald, and you must have it in your engagement ring opt for a tsavorite garnet. Not only do they have magnificent sparkle and beauty that mimics the Emerald, but they are more durable, better priced and sparkle more than an Emerald.
Here at Wheat Jewelers our collection of over 3,000 engagement rings allow for a truly custom ring. So if you or your fiancé want the uniqueness of a gemstone engagement ring, we’ve got the resources and expertise to make you a ring that will last a lifetime.