COLORED CENTER STONES ARE BECOMING MORE POPULAR AMONG BRIDES
What better way to announce your love than with a color stone engagement ring that is both stylish and colorful. The modern couple is looking for something more than just traditional engagement ring. A fresh new trend in engagement rings is to go for a colorful stone that stands out and reflects her personality. Celebrities are helping drive the trend by choosing colored stones over traditional white diamonds. Halle Berry, Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham and Jenny McCarthy are some of the many that have chosen an engagement ring with colored stones over a diamond.
Colored stones offer more opportunity to show the bride's individuality with beautiful blues, romantic reds, Eco-friendly greens or getting more personal with your birthstone in your engagement ring.
So, if you're thinking about getting engaged this year or next year then it's time to think about if a color gemstone would best represent you as a couple.
A big advantage of colored stones / color gems is that you can buy something really fabulous at a very modest price. This is a very good selling point if you have a smaller budget, prefer to invest in other aspects of your wedding, or you don’t want others to know how much was spent on your ring since few people know market prices of colored gemstones. Really, the old rules are out and what you truly want and value is what matters so feel free to choose what you sincerely prefer.
But even if you choose a colored center stone, it doesn’t mean you have to set white diamonds aside completely. You can stylishly accent your colored stone engagement ring in a studded pave halo of white diamonds or a pair of trapezoids to exhort the beauty of your center stone.
OSCARGAMA JEWELRY DESIGN STUDIO has many options for colored stones and type of cuts for your engagement ring. With vintage and Classic styles our color gemstone engagement ring will reflect your feelings and your personality.
When buying a colored stone for your engagement ring you need to know some basics
Gemstones are divided into two categories: precious gems and semi-precious gems. Gemstones of the 1st group include rubies, emeralds and sapphires. Traditionally, these three color gems are the most expensive and sought after. The Semi-Precious gemstones are a diverse group that includes; blue Topaz, aquamarine pink morganite tourmalines opals tanzanites and more in the color spectrum.
In most cases, color gemstones are treated to improve their clarity and richer color. The most common treatment methods are heat treatment and oiling.
As a result of heating, the color of the stones becomes more saturated, but at the same time the natural appearance of the stone is lost. Heat enhances the color of the stone permanently and will keep it natural to shine for a long time. Prices in heated stones are lower than untreated but still could get pricey depending the size and origin of the stone.
Oiling is considered a classic type of treatment for cracked stones, the most common gemstone using this treatment is the green emerald usually filled with cedar oil or various polymers.
Natural, untreated colored stones (where the color of the stone is natural and has no enhancement treatments) are usually certified by The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and their prices can reach as high or higher than diamonds.
Synthetic colored stones are made in laboratories and look very similar to natural but usually are softer and significantly cheaper. Online retailers have spammed the market with synthetics without openly disclosing to their clients the true origin, making this market very unsafe for the common shopper who doesn’t do any research or ask questions when buying a colored stone. At Oscargama Jewelry, we very clearly and honestly disclose the true origin and composition / specifications of all our products.
Here are some examples of the most colored stones you can find in the market.
Sapphire is rightfully called the stone of kings. For centuries, people in power have loved sapphire for its noble deep blue color and powerful energy. Sapphire jewelry is timeless and timeless, it is always a welcome gift.
Napoleon Bonaparte presented his beloved Josephine Beauharnais with a gold wedding ring, decorated with a pear shape blue sapphire and a pear shape diamond. And the empress's most beloved adornment was a sapphire set, which previously belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette.
Princess Diana chose an 18K gold engagement ring with a gorgeous blue sapphire surrounded by a scattering of diamonds. Now this most famous piece of jewelry in the world is worn by Kate Middleton.
Sapphire is a gemstone that is a type of corundum. Moreover, blue corundums are sapphires, and red corundums are already rubies. Blue is a classic color for him, but in nature there are also specimens of fancy colors: yellow, green, pink, blue and other colors. They have the same chemical formula, but differ in the content of impurities.
Pure spectral blue without additional shades is most highly valued. Its commercial classification distinguishes two main expensive colors: "Royal Blue" and "Cornflower Blue".
Corundum is a mineral with a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, only diamond is harder than it. This property is highly valued in jewelry, because such a hard stone is less susceptible to wear and tear. Sapphire’s exhibit pleochroism in two different colors depending on the viewing angle.
Even in ancient Rome and Greece, red rubies were companions of royalty and nobility who appreciated the true beauty of these stones.
The ring, adorned with a ruby in the center and surrounded by diamonds, looks truly luxurious, and the rich red color of the stone is associated with love and vitality. All this makes the ruby engagement ring a perfect gift for your loved one.
Ruby is one of the most expensive stones. The colors of this gem range from bright red to deep red and even purple-red. In commerce, the expression "Pigeon Blood" can be used to denote the best bright red color.
Red jewelry corundum has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, it is a very hard mineral and is not very susceptible to scratching the surface of the edges. The optical and quality properties of corundum are enhanced by refinement. The most widespread refining method is heat treatment; more than 90% of all mined rubies are subjected to it. Heating may make the color more intense. When heated, some intrinsic inclusions can also melt, which improves the clarity of the stone. The cost of a stone that has not been refined can be about 2-3 times higher than that of a refined stone of a similar quality.
Emerald has been admired by royalty since ancient times. Cleopatra was so fascinated by emeralds that she organized a large-scale extraction of them in Egypt. To this day, the emerald remains the favorite stone of many celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry and many others.
Therefore, the owner of an emerald engagement ring falls into an excellent company of royals and celebrities. Also, the emerald has a great advantage, since green gems have a lower density, a 1 carat stone looks more massive than a 1 carat diamond.
Emerald belongs to the first order gemstones. This is the most expensive type of beryl mineral. Its hardness is quite high 7.5 on the Mohs scale, however, a large number of cracks, despite its hardness, makes this stone quite brittle. In nature, it is rarely possible to find a completely transparent specimen. And such emeralds are highly prized. Basically, these stones contain cracks, bubbles and turbid areas.
More than 90% of the emeralds on the world market are refined to improve their clarity. To do this, the cracks are filled with cedar oil or various polymers. Oiling is considered the standard classic treatment.
Among the favorite jewelry of Queen Elizabeth II of England is a beautiful Brazilian parure of aquamarines and diamonds.
Aquamarine shades range from light blue to velvet blue. The saturation of the stone is best manifested in large specimens. It can look great alone or surrounded by diamonds. With a delicate sky-blue glow, aquamarine can give an engagement ring a delightful look.
Like emeralds, aquamarines belong to the beryl family of gemstones. By standards, aquamarine is a Tier II gem. The hardness of the stone is from 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. The classic aquamarine cut is an oval cut with 57 facets and a baguette with 33 facets.
This is an unusually delicate gemstone of the II order. It is distinguished by pastel pink colors, including pink, orangey pink, brownish pink, peach. If your bride loves large stones, then a morganite engagement ring is just what you need. In a small size, stones do not reveal color due to their low dispersion value and do not play brightly. The color begins to be read at a mass of 4 carats and above. Stones of 7-15 carats are especially good for jewelry, while the price of such a large stone is relatively affordable.
Morganite belongs to the beryllium group of minerals and has a hexagonal crystal structure with a hardness of about 7.5 to about 8 on the Mohs scale.
Like aquamarine, high-saturation morganites are prized above light-colored stones. Most of the jewelry morganites have high purity and have the effect of pleochroism, this property allows the stone to change color depending on the viewing angle.
Blue Topaz is one of the finest Tier II gemstones. Its sky blue, surprisingly delicate shade evokes a sense of harmony and peace. Its dazzlingly clear radiance, delicate, graceful lines and captivating color are awe-inspiring. One glance at the blue topaz ring is enough to stop doubting it.
In nature, topaz is almost always colorless or has a barely noticeable blue color. By saturation, blue topaz is divided into three different types: Sky Blue - light blue, Swiss Blue - a rich shade of blue and London Blue - a transparent dark blue stone, sometimes with tints of gray or green. Blue topaz Swiss, London Blue are obtained by laboratory processing of natural stones to give them a richer color.
Topaz has a fairly good tenacity and a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale. The stone lends itself well to cutting, polishes well and usually does not contain visible defects. Has a strong glassy luster with a pearlescent sheen. Natural topaz is not afraid of chemicals, even hydrochloric acid. But with strong blows, the stone can crack. Diamond and emerald cut topazes are most often used in jewelry.
When you know what ring is perfect for your partner, it can be hard to find one that captures the feeling of love and admiration. We at OSCARGAMA JEWELRY DESIGN STUDIO want to help! With our selection of rings with colored gemstones like blue sapphire, morganite or emerald, we're sure to have something that will convey how much they mean to you. If you’re struggling finding the right engagement ring don't worry; contact us today and let's get started designing a custom engagement ring for your love one!