April is known for being the month of diamonds. Thanks to good ole De Beers "A Diamond is Forever" PR campaign during the 1930s, diamonds and engagement have become practically synonymous. However, it doesn't have to be that way. Many people nowadays are beginning to spurn the diamond tradition in favor of other stones. People do it for different reasons, but generally they all boil down to one reason, or a close variation: a desire to be more unique and original. So for those who are looking at some suitable alternatives to diamonds for engagement rings, or for any ring for that matter, read on! We are going to offer up 4 alternatives, though there several more than that. Let's jump in!
Named for the famous banking titan JP Morgan, morganite is part of the beryl family, which is the same family as emerald and aquamarine. The subtle pinkish, salmon color it possesses comes due to traces of manganese making its way into the crystal structure of the stone. Right now morganite is a trending stone, particularly for use as engagement rings. Because of its light pink tones, it pairs very well with rose gold. Morganite's color can vary depending on how its treated, but the most prized ones are going to be a strong pink color.
Sticking with the beryl family, aquamarine is a stone literally named "seawater" in latin. It was said to have calmed waves while at sea, and keep those who are sailing the seas safe. Aquamarine is also said to enhance happiness in marriage, making it a natural choice for engagement rings as well (if you are inclined to believe superstitions, of course ;). The factors for quality are a combination of color and clarity. It is not a stone with rich vibrant colors, but rather lighter tones, and sometimes even blue-green-ish hues. There are some that are darker blue, but overall having the fewest inclusions is of high importance when going for a fine stone.
Tanzanite is eponymously named for the country, and only place on earth, where it comes from - Tanzania. Being discovered in the 1960s, it is still considered a very recent discovery. Tanzanite combines a unique blend of violet and blue tones, and its color is rich and deep. One unique aspect of Tanzania is that its perceived color can change depending on how the light is reflecting off it, thus, gem cutters can cut in certain ways to make the spectrum of colors to change from violet-ish blue to blue-ish voilet. Tanzanite looks especially beautiful when paired with white gold.
Sapphire is in the corundum family of minerals, along with ruby. You can basically use the name sapphire for any corundum that isn't ruby red. Sapphires come in many many different colors, ranging from blue, to orange, to pink, to green, to yellow, and more. Sapphire does have a famous history, albeit more recent history, for being used as an engagement ring - both Kate Middleton and Princess Diana had sapphire engagement rings. They serve as excellent alternatives to diamond because of the richness of their color, and their overall beauty.
This month we are trying something new and bringing you a video! Our subject is 3 tips for maintaining your jewelry. While these are 3 tips that are simple and easy to follow, they will nevertheless go a long way towards extending the life of your jewelry over the long haul, and keeping it looking [...]
This month is the month of Valentine's Day, and it also the month of the gemstone amethyst. It is said that the patron saint of Valentine's Day, St. Valentine, wore an amethyst ring with an image of cupid carved into it. Amethyst actually comes from the quartz mineral family, being the purple stone from that family. [...]
December actually has 3 birthstones: turquoise, blue zircon, and tanzanite. The most apparent similarity is that they are all blue! Interestingly enough, there is quite a range between the 3 of them. Zircon is the oldest stone on earth, while turquoise was one of the first stones to be mined and used in jewelry. Tanzanite is one of the most [...]
The name topaz comes from the Greek word Topazios, which was the name of a small island in the Red Sea (now called St. John’s Island). The ancient Greeks thought Topaz was a source of strength. Later on during the Renaissance period in Europe, Europeans believed Topaz could break the power of magic spells, and even get rid of anger. [...]
It’s October, so why not talk about Opal? After all, it is the birthstone for this month. It is one of the most unique stones in the world. Let’s see what we can learn.How is opal formed? The answer is actually quite fascinating. Opal is natural result of seasonal rains that fall in very dry areas, such as Australia’s [...]
This month we are going to talk a little bit about sapphires. Oh, where do even begin? There are lots of different things to talk about when it comes to sapphire, but we will give you a broad overview of various aspects of the stone, such as: the different kinds of sapphires you can get, how sapphire is formed, [...]
This month we are going to talk a little bit about something that every jeweler deals with: resizing rings. Obviously, what makes rings different than most other jewelry items (not all of course) is that they come in different sizes. Someone who is shopping for a ring may find one they love, but the size isn’t right. It may [...]
This month we are going to cover a very practical, and simple, subject. And while it is simple, it is also very important: how to clean your silver jewelry. Now if you want to, you can go buy a jewelry cleaner solution and just be done with it, but often times they contain harsh toxic chemicals, and can take [...]
Have you ever wondered how Balinese jewelry gets made? Have you wondered how much goes into it? Have you ever wondered how many hours, and what kinds of techniques are used to make a Borobudur chain, or a bracelet, or even a ring? In this month’s featured topic, we are going to explore just a few of the ways [...]