Gemstone Engagement Rings

Gemstone engagement rings have become increasing popular in recent years. Don't let anyone tell you that diamonds are better as engagement rings. Only you and your potential spouse should decide what fits in with your style, taste, and budget........not popular opinion.... or your future mother-in-law. Besides, you can always tell the nay-sayers that certain large gemstones are even more rare than diamonds. Rubies are almost as hard as diamonds. Diamonds are considered a "10" on the hardness scale while rubies come in at a 9. Burmese rubies are considered to be the most desirable.

Rest assured that buying opal engagement rings for your partner will not bring them bad luck but perhaps even the opposite. Concerning the opal gemstone superstition, some still feel that it is bad luck to purchase an opal for oneself, but good luck if someone else gives one to you.

Pearl engagement rings are a classy alternative to diamond engagement rings. And speaking of classy, let me tell you about the tooth test, which involves rubbing the pearl up and down your front tooth to determine if the pearl is real. Cultured and natural pearls will feel rough against a tooth, while imitation pearls will feel smooth.

Blue sapphire engagement rings have been known to be preferred by royalty because the blue sapphire stone is even more rare than a diamond and is almost as hard. This is a nice factoid to share with your number one queen as you slip a blue sapphire engagement ring on her ring finger.

Pink Sapphires range in color from a pale, almost nude, pink to a bright hot pink. The rare pink sapphires are most found in Madagascar and Sri Lanka.

Yellow Sapphire engagement rings look beautiful in emerald, marquise, flush or more traditional settings.

Tanzanite was first discovered in 1967 in Tanzania, Africa and so far this is the only place that tanzanite is found and mined. Tiffany’s was the first to be presented with the gem after its discovery and they quickly realized its value. Through their promotion and advertising tanzanite became one of the most desirable and well-liked gemstones in the world. Check out tanzanite engagement rings

Purple sapphire engagement rings are unique in that they appear to change color depending on the lighting, and may look like two different rings under various lighting conditions.

Rainbow sapphire engagement rings seem to be increasing in popularity these days. There are a number of websites devoted soley to selling rainbow sapphire jewelry.

Amethyst engagement rings are beautiful stones ranging in shades from lilac to deep purple. They are the birthstone for the month of February and many religions associate the stone with characteristics such as sincerity, spirituality, and purity.

Turquoise engagement rings: The history of turquoise dates as far back as 3,000 B.C. The beauty of this gemstone has adorned many historical artifacts from all over the world from Egypt, Mexico, Turkey, Persia and the United States. The turquoise is a copper aluminum phosphate that occurs naturally in all shades of blue. You can find it in shades from sky-blue, robin's egg blue, blue-green, grayish green, or green.

Aquamarine engagement rings: What better stone to choose for an engagement ring than one that represents optimism, wellbeing, and faithfulness? We are talking about the beautiful Aquamarine gemstone. Not only is this gemstone a great conversation starter, it also is the birthstone for the month of March.

Onyx Engagement Rings In its natural state, onyx is usually banded and is intriguingly unclear. Most often onyx is tinted black to minimize the variations of coloring. Onyx is most often found where there is volcanic activity.

Perhaps the main motivation for most people when buying peridot engagement rings is the fact that they are so much more affordable than most other types of precious stones.

Its history alone is exotic enough to make one want to choose an emerald engagement ring and it is apt in that its symbolism indicates immortality and faith. The emerald is considered to be the most powerful gemstone in terms of healing energy. Interestingly the emerald was Cleopatra's favorite gemstone. Check out emerald engagement rings.

Interested in a gemstone versus a diamond but not sure what your woman's birthstone is? Have no fear....look here to figure out her birthstone is

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