It’s no secret that many brides-to-be are choosing to go a more untraditional route in regards to their engagement rings. The first notable example of gemstone engagement rings was Kate Middleton’s sapphire blue engagement ring. Since their engagement in 2010, the gemstone engagement ring trend hasn’t slowed down.
If you’re considering a gemstone engagement ring, it’s important to know all the pros and cons of this stunning piece of jewelry. As Stuarts most trusted jeweler for over 27 years, we’re experienced in gemstone jewelry as well as engagement rings, and we’re here to offer our expertise to help you choose the best ring for your needs.
DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS
Diamond engagement rings have been a symbol of love and commitment for centuries. The first diamond engagement ring was created in 1477, and became a trend amongst European aristocracy and nobility. Diamond engagement rings have clearly stood the test of time and echo a lifestyle of tradition, luxury, and timeless beauty.
DIAMOND CARE & MAINTENANCE
Diamond engagement rings, like other fine jewelry, need consistent care and cleaning. We recommend a professional cleaning at least every 6 months, to ensure that the diamond is at its utmost sparkle and strength. However, with regular cleaning and inspections, a diamond ring can sustain its beauty for generations.
DIAMOND STRENGTH & DURABILITY
Diamonds are among the strongest materials on earth, and very few things can break a diamond. However, diamonds are not impervious to scratches and dullness, so it’s important to have your diamond engagement ring carefully stored in a jewelry box when not worn. A professional jeweler can clean and repair the scratches in a diamond.
DIAMOND COST & VALUE
While diamond value tends to fluctuate with the supply and demand in today’s marketplace, a quality diamond is a significant investment. However, compared to a gemstone, a diamond usually sustains its value over time. If you take careful steps to preserve and protect your diamond, you’ll help to ensure that it will retain and possibly gain value.
GEMSTONE ENGAGEMENT RINGS
There’s really no wonder as to why gemstone engagement rings have become more popular. Gemstones offer a beautiful and unique expression of commitment, and with the variety of rings to choose from, there’s a special ring for every bride. Many younger couples are increasingly choosing to opt for engagement rings with colorful stones such as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires.
GEMSTONE CARE & MAINTENANCE
Like any fine jewelry, gemstone jewelry needs consistent care including cleaning and repair. Gemstones aren’t quite as strong as diamonds, and although rubies and sapphires are quite durable, they are more susceptible to scratches and cracks. Be especially careful with especially fragile stones, like opals and pearls.
GEMSTONE STRENGTH & DURABILITY
Be discerning about the kind of gemstone you choose for your engagement ring. Certain gems are not suitable for engagement rings because their mineral structure is too weak. They could chip, break or get surface damage while you take a shower, clean the house or expose them to heat.
As a general rule of thumb, you should stick to rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Their mineral structure gives them the desirable durability that will hold up longer. You can find these gemstones in a variety of shades, so you are not limited to red, blue, and green.
Avoid pearls, garnet, turquoise, and amber, as they are too soft to make viable engagement rings. These gemstones are better suited for fashion jewelry that is worn on occasion, not every day.
GEMSTONE COST & VALUE
Gemstones generally cost less than diamonds, although prices are beginning to rise dramatically for certain gemstones. Gemstone jewelry that well cared for can retain its value in the long term, but it is not considered investment jewelry. If you decide to buy a gemstone engagement ring, you should do so because you want to and it suits your style, not because of the investment.
WHICH ENGAGEMENT RING SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Now that you’ve seen a little bit of the difference between the two choices, you’re probably wondering, “Which one is right for me?” We’ve outlined a few considerations to help you make your final verdict:
CHOOSE A DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING IF…
- You value tradition, luxury, and timeless beauty
- You need a durable stone that will withstand everyday wear
- You want an heirloom investment
- You want a stone that will go with any outfit
CHOOSE A GEMSTONE ENGAGEMENT RING IF…
- You want a colored stone that reflects your unique style
- You want a bigger stone for the money
- You value fashionable and experimental design
- You eschew from tradition and carve your own path
Check out our engagement rings