Gemstone Wedding & Engagement Rings
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These days, the popularity of gemstones, other than diamonds, has increased, and now they’re about equal with diamond engagement rings. Below, you will find links to brilliant and colourful gemstones which are perfect for engagement rings, that will catch anyone’s eye.
On each separate page, you will find the main characteristics of these gemstones, including things like enhancements, special care information, and price guides.
(Gemstones Sorted Alphabetically)
Gemstones which feature brilliant colours have only grown in popularity over time. Always drawing the eye, many couples searching for something more unique, or as an alternative to diamonds, often look to wedding rings that feature gemstones. If you are on the hunt for a wedding band, or engagement ring featuring a dazzling and richly-hued gemstone, read the information below.
In this section of our website, we want to help you find a gemstone that can stand the test of time, and can handle the daily rigours of life. In addition, we want to assist you with finding something that suits your budget, so you can feel good about your purchase.
Below, you will find links to each type of gemstone, where you can read about its physical properties, potential enhancements, recommendations for taking care of it, guides for price, general shopping tips, and the meaning behind some of these mysterious and ancient stones. We have made sure that each and every one of the gemstones listed are suitable for long-term use, although you will need to do a bit of reading in order to see how one type of gemstone compares with another, since we can’t claim gemstones to be equal in all ways! We will list these gemstones by popularity, and go from there!
Should you want to know anything about any of these gemstones, you can simply shoot us an email, and we will get back to you as soon as possible with a reply. Otherwise, if you can’t wait, we will have lots of tips and resources included on this website, that can potentially answer the very question you are asking. The goal is to find you a top quality, genuine gemstone that will suit your ring or band perfectly.
We should mention now, that while you can definitely find the gemstone of your dreams, you need to watch out for gemstones which have been labelled incorrectly, or specimens which have been cut poorly. Some rings are outrageously priced, so it is important for you to be a knowledgeable shopper. Here are some tips:
#1 – Always consider the reputation of the seller – If you are shopping somewhere on or offline, where you know nothing of their reputation, its buyer beware! In order to protect yourself from an unpleasant experience, you should always get as much information as you can before your purchase.
#2 – Refunds – When shopping for gemstone rings, look for possible refunds. You want to make sure that the company you’re dealing with has that option. Many reputable companies know that a refund is a declaration of trust, and should have no problem offering one in the event that you aren’t satisfied.
#3 – If possible, get it appraised – If you aren’t sure about the authenticity of a gemstone that you already have, take it immediately to a gemologist to see what they have to say about it. If you are thinking of purchasing a gemstone make sure you talk to the seller about this matter. If you tell them that the second you buy the gem, you’ll be taking it to a gemologist to have it appraised, and you see a tiny bead of sweat running down their forehead, you might want to think twice. In certain cases, if the seller of the gem seems like an agreeable sort, you can even say “Hey, you’re welcome to come to the gemologist with me, so WE can get it appraised – I’ll buy you a coffee!” In general, if the seller shows no interest in the idea of the gem getting appraised, this might be another warning sign.
#4 – When it comes to gemstones, the idea is, that it will last you a lifetime. We think this is fair, but it is not always the case. Durability is a huge factor in selecting a gemstone ring. You will want to gather as much information on the particular gem you are looking to buy, in order to learn which qualities make it more durable. When it comes to the bands, the same is true. In general, you will be looking at materials like 14k or 18k rose or yellow gold, platinum, or palladium.
#5 – Avoid white gold with rhodium plating – In general, you want to avoid these materials for gemstone rings, due to the fact that certain types of gemstones may be damaged by the process of making the rhodium plate . If you do choose a ring made with white gold / rhodium plating, double check that your selected gemstone can sustain the process.
#6 – Look for reviews – These days, most products have been reviewed by someone. If the product is out there, for instance, online, you can almost certainly find a review. The same goes for the companies that sell gemstones. You can find reviews of nearly anything and anyone! The internet is a vast place, and there’s a fair chance you can look up a product or a seller, to see what has been said about them.
#7 – Gemstone ethics – This topic is one that some people feel very passionately about, while others don’t. If this is something you are thinking about, you will want to make double sure that your gemstones originate from a place which does not involve non-ethical methods of obtaining those gemstones. In order to know if this is true or not, you may have to do some extra research to see where your gemstone originates. Sometimes, the seller will make it very clear that their gemstones are not obtained through unethical means.
#8 – Limited budgets – If your budget is somewhat limited, there are alternatives which will save you money, such as buying a synthetic gemstone. In this case, the gemstone is manufactured in a lab, but looks almost identical to the real deal.
#9 – Comparison shopping – It never hurts to shop around a bit, to make certain that you aren’t paying too much for your gemstone ring. Since gemstones may drastically differ on the 4 C’s (carat, cut, colour, clarity), this will obviously affect the price. However, comparison shopping will help you to zero in on roughly how much certain gemstones are going for these days.
#10 – Precious / semi-precious stones – The terms, “precious” and “semi-precious” are rarely used these days. If you are dealing with a seller who uses these terms, there’s a chance they’re a bit ‘out of touch’ with the times.
#11 – The Moh’s Hardness Scale – If you really want a ring that can last a lifetime, you should familiarize yourself with Moh’s Hardness Scale. Once you are familiar with how this scale works, you will be much more educated in terms of picking out a gemstone with the right physical characteristics to endure the test of time.