Gemstone Buying Guide

Non-Diamond Engagement Rings

There is more design, more flair, and more style in contemporary engagement rings than ever before. The latest trend we see is the preference of non-diamond engagement rings over more traditional diamond engagement ring. Let’s go over the top three alternatives to diamond engagement rings:

Gemstone Rings

Gemstones are naturally occurring crystalline forms of minerals. They come in a variety of shapes and colors.

The most popular gemstones for engagement rings are sapphires, which come in blue, pink, and yellow. The demand for sapphires increased dramatically after Kate Middleton was given Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring.

Another very popular stone for gemstone jewelry is the ruby. Before the discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1871, rubies were considered the “wedding stone.”

Gemstone engagement rings come in all different varieties.

If you’re looking for a simple engagement ring, try solitaire or three stone rings. A solitaire ring features only a center stone, with a simple band. A three stone ring features side gemstones flanking the center stone. You can choose either a gemstone or a diamond as your center stone.

From here, we can go fancier. Another emerging trend is the combination of diamonds and gemstones on the same ring. These rings are still considered non-traditional since the diamonds are placed on the sides of the ring as part of a modern design.

If diamonds are too traditional for your tastes, then you may want to consider a gemstone or combination gemstone and diamond engagement ring. Design your own engagement ring by first choosing a fancy setting from Allurez, and then selecting a unique gemstone which will capture her heart.

Moissanite Rings

Moissanite was discovered in a crater created by a meteorite which slammed into the Earth some 50,000 years ago. This meteorite brought with it small quantities of a shimmering new mineral: moissanite.

The combination of carbon and silicon makes moissanite one of the toughest elements on earth. It is generally found as inclusions in other minerals.

In 1959, moissanite was discovered as an inclusion in kimberlite from a diamond mine in Yakutia, Russia. More moissanite was found in the Green River Formation in Wyoming.

The color range of a moissanite is very similar to that of a diamond. However, the physical properties of a moissanite stone surpass that of a diamond. Moissanite has superior fire, brilliance, and luster than a diamond.

If you are looking for a diamond alternative which has greater tolerance for heat, then moissanite is your answer.

Colored Diamonds

Only 0.001% of all mined diamonds will be natural colored diamonds. The rarest colored diamonds are red, blue, green, orange, and pink. Natural colored diamonds are becoming more and more expensive, as supply is unable to keep up with demand.

Yellow diamond engagement rings are extremely popular. Yellow diamonds come in different tones, from Light Yellow, to Fancy Intense Vivid Yellow (aka Canary Yellow).

Inclusions in colored diamonds are less noticeable to the eye due to the color. They do not affect the sparkle of the diamond compared to colorless diamonds.

Through irradiation, coating, and high pressure high temperature treatments, diamonds can be colored in the laboratory.

All of our diamonds and fine jewelry go through strict quality control guidelines. Just as you are about to make a commitment for a lifetime, our commitment to you is expressed through the quality of our stones.

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