Colored gemstones engagement rings are a huge trend and so is the confusion of how to shop & select a colored stone.
Gemvara is the revolutionary leader of custom-made, fine jewelry shopping online. You can create your dream piece of jewelry and do it in on your couch during a snowstorm! They were also one of Oprah's favorite things of 2012 AND last but certainly not least they are based in Boston!
We were lucky enough to get Gemvara's Senior Stone Buyer Wendi Mayerson to share some great tips and advice for you when considering a colored gemstone for your engagement ring.
Q & A with Gemvara Senior Stone Buyer Wendi Mayerson
Q: When shopping for colored stones, are there special considerations to keep in mind or do the same guidelines for diamond shopping apply?
A: The “Four C’s” (color, clarity, cut & carat weight) still apply, but in different ways.
For example, Color is the most important factor to consider when purchasing a colored stone – the more saturated the color, the better. This is actually the opposite of what you look for when you purchase a white diamond since you are searching for a colorless or near colorless stone.
Clarity is also different with regards to colored stones. Inclusions in a diamond are often viewed as a negative factor, but just the opposite is true for colored stones. Part of the reason is that due to their deep, beautiful colors, the inclusions inside of colored stones are not as easily seen. Also, colored stones grow in a wide variety of geologic environments all over the planet. As they grow they trap tiny bits of their surroundings inside themselves which can prove that they are natural and sometimes they can help prove where a stone came from. Emeralds are the one stone that will always have numerous inclusions inside. The very environment that allows Emeralds to grow also causes them to always have these numerous inclusions - this is just the nature of Emeralds. These inclusions in no way detract from the stone’s deep, rich, green color & beauty. Black diamonds are another stone in which inclusions are numerous. In fact, it is the numerous inclusions themselves that cause the diamond to appear black. So, in this case, the inclusions are actually crucial to this stone’s dark beauty.
Each type of colored stone plays with light differently. As a result, the Cutting style of colored stones varies from stone to stone. Also, unlike diamonds, the actual color of colored stones can be altered by how the stone is cut out of the rough crystal. Colored stone gem cutters do everything in their power to cut a stone so that it displays the stone’s best color.
Carat weight is a measurement & in that way it is the same as it is for diamonds.
Q: If women like the idea of a colored stone, but don't want it as their main stone, what are some arrangements or settings they should consider that work especially well with colored stones?
A: Gemvara is unique in that the customer can create the ring of their dreams by customizing all of the stones in their ring – both the center stone and the side accent stones. With over 20 gemstones to choose from, the number of possible center and side stone combinations is enormous and completely in the hands of the bride and/or groom. They can create a piece of jewelry that is completely unique to their relationship with secret meanings only they know. It is in their hands!
Thanks Wendi! We learned a lot about colored gemstones and hope that our readers enjoyed this piece too!
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