Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but they aren’t the only gemstone that looks fantastic in an engagement ring. There are many other stones that work beautifully in engagement ring settings in conjunction with other stones or all by themselves.
Emerald Engagement Rings
These stones are fairly durable (7.5 on the Mohs scale) and absolutely stunning. Emeralds are most associated with a deep, bright green hue, but they can be found in yellow-green, blue-green and pure, vivid green. Emeralds are not easy to find without inclusions, but that lends them some of their charm. Make sure that you choose a ring setting that guards any inclusions close to the surface to avoid chipping.
Topaz Engagement Rings
Topaz gemstones are slightly harder (8 on the Mohs scale), so they work perfectly in engagement rings. Topaz stones are associated with royalty and wealth, and they come in a broad range of shades and color variations. The most common topaz gemstones are clear, pink, yellow, peach and blue. It’s very easy to find bigger topaz stones, so if you want a large ring to show off, it’s a wonderful choice!
Sapphire Engagement Rings
Other than the diamond, sapphires and rubies are the hardest gemstones you can purchase. Sapphire also symbolizes loyalty, which makes it ideal for engagement rings. Like emeralds, sapphires can have inclusions contained within the stone, but deep tones and the right setting can minimize their appearance. The most valuable gems are the rich, saturated blues you think of when you hear the word sapphire, but you can purchase them in a range of blues.
Spinel Engagement Rings
Spinel is a versatile option for engagement rings because it is an 8 on the Mohs scale and comes in almost every color you can imagine. The red, pink and blue shades closely mimic rubies and sapphires, and you can also find spinel in purple, orange and other shades. Spinel is associated with protection and power, and it also looks striking alongside other gemstones if you want to create an engagement ring with multiple hues and stones instead of only one.
Find Out the Value of Your Engagement Ring
Whether you have a family jewelry piece you are interested in learning the value of or you’re looking to expand your collection, SAZ Gem & Jewelry Appraisal is here to help. For more information, give us a call at 425-785-1871.