Colored Center Stones are becoming more popular among brides

Colored engagement rings are having their moment. Celebrities are helping drive the trend by choosing colored stones over traditional white, colorless diamonds. Halle Berry, Kate Middleton and Jenny McCarthy are some of the many that have chosen colored stones over diamonds.

Aside from saving money over diamonds, colored stones can make your engagement ring truly unique.

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 center stone in a studded pave halo of white diamonds to exhort the beauty of your center stone. 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 birth stone in your engagement ring. 

A big advantage of colored stones 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 gem stones. 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.

When buying a colored stone you need to know some basics.

Natural, unheated, 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.

 Heated natural color stones are usually treated by heat only. 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.

 Enhanced natural color stones are those which have gone through a drastic process to increase the color but at the same time looses the natural aspect of the stone. Some of the enhancements are Glass filling in rubies, emeralds and sapphires or diffusion treatments. These stones are very affordable and are most commonly used in online commercial jewelry. 

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 common colored stones you will find in bridal jewelry:

  • Blue Sapphires
  • Colored Sapphires (Pink, Green, Yellow)
  • Ruby
  • Emerald
  • Morganite
  • Aqua Marine
  • Blue topaz