After nearly a century of dominance, traditional white engagement rings may seem a little- vanilla- to untraditional brides. As more brides opt for customized rings that reflect their personalities, we’ve seen an increased demand for colored gemstones. From blues and greens to peachy tones, there is no end to the vast variability for curating your dream ring.
If you’re looking for a colored engagement ring, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here’s a breakdown of everything you should know about colored gemstones.
1. The Varieties Are Limitless
As with any engagement ring, an engagement ring with a colored stone can be exactly how you want it to be. Whether you’re after a mysterious black or a vibrant yellow, there is a rainbow of gemstones, colors and shapes available. Finding the perfect engagement ring has always been an undertaking. Adding a wider variety of color simply creates another facet to that complexity while also ensuring you get the ring of your dreams.
2. Do Your Homework
Since there are virtually unlimited options when it comes to gemstone colors, we recommend doing some research before you start shopping. That way you can get an idea of which color or gemstone is right for you. Keep in mind that a gemstone’s color can appear very different conceptually compared to how it actually looks against your skin. Fortunately, Instagram and Pinterest can provide an idea of what a gemstone would look like in person, without actually seeing it on your finger.
3. You Can Still Rock a Diamond
Just because you are looking at colored engagement rings doesn’t mean you have to abandon the prestige and romance that accompanies a diamond. Diamonds form in a wide variety of colors, naturally. From cheery yellow and blushing pinks to broody blacks, there are a plethora of colors to choose from without sacrificing your dreams of a diamond.
4. Sapphires Come In All the Same Colors As Diamonds
Sapphires are available in all the same colors as diamonds, including white and yellow offering an alternative for a lower cost.
Fun fact: Rubies and sapphires are actually the same gemstone. However, prior to the invention of the microscope, people assumed they were different minerals due to the discrepancy in their colors. This caused early gemologists to categorize the gemstones under two different names: Rubies and Sapphires.
5. Be Mindful of Durability
You wear your engagement ring every day. So, durability should be an essential attribute of your ring. Although some gemstones may be less expensive than diamonds, keep in mind that many of these alternatives are comparatively less durable.
Since diamonds are comprised of the hardest substance on earth, they tend to be fairly sturdy. However, most diamond alternatives are significantly softer, and therefore, more prone to damage. Likewise, although emeralds and opals are especially popular for engagement rings right now their structure makes them especially prone to chipping.
6. Understand that Maintenance Is Key
Routine trips to the jewelers are an important aspect of maintaining any engagement ring, regardless of the center stone.
However, these trips become especially essential in order to mitigate the risk that accompanies a softer gemstone. A jeweler will be able to identify any loose prongs or impending damage for your center stone, reducing the overall risk.
Many gemstones, including emeralds, cannot be heated without risk of irreparable damage to the center stone. This means that if your prongs get too worn down, they cannot be repaired. Consequently, we encourage you to visit your local jeweler at least twice a year to preemptively catch any damage.
7. You Don’t Have to Choose Between White Center Stones and Adding a Pop of Color
There’s good news, if you love the classic white center stone, but are yearning for a pop of color on your wedding set. Halos, colored bands and side stones, all provide unique opportunities for incorporating more color into your ring. You can add a pop of color to your wedding ring without giving up the classic white center stone to provide the best of both worlds.
8. It’s All About You
Your engagement ring will be on your finger forever. So make sure you love it. At the end of the day, your engagement ring should reflect your tastes. Whether you opt for a classic white look or a colored gemstone, make sure you’re absolutely enamored with the look. Design your engagement ring, exactly the way you want it with Buchroeders. Our world-class staff of diamond experts is here to help you design the engagement ring of your dreams. Visit our custom engagement ring page to learn more or visit our brick-and-mortar location to get started for yourself.