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Non-diamond engagement rings

Recently, a woman told me her son’s girlfriend did NOT want a diamond for her engagement ring. I told her I understood and that I’ve created many engagement rings with sapphires, rubies and other gemstones and that I’d be willing to help create a beautiful ring just for her.

I also had a man come in for an engagement ring without diamonds. He just didn’t care for diamonds. We created the perfect ring.

Another friend recently became engaged using an opal as the main gemstone. The ring means so much to her.

Princess Kate wearing Princess Diana's engagement ring

While diamonds are a tradition, history has shown other gemstones can also be worn as the engagement ring. Remember, Princess Diana wore a sapphire surrounded with diamonds for her engagement ring. That same ring is now being worn by Prince William’s wife, Kate.  There are several things to consider with color gemstones – durability, availability and preferred color. Besides sapphires and rubies, I’m seeing gemstones like Morganite, Tanzanite, and emeralds being considered. They are beautiful gemstones but will scratch easily, chip and become dull looking. Moissanite, a synthetic gemstone, is also being used in engagement rings.

You see, color gemstones are beautiful, but just aren’t as hard, or scratch resistant, as diamonds are. You may have heard of the Moh scale. The Moh scale rates gemstones from 1 to 10 and is used to indicate hardness. A diamond is rated 10, while Talc is a 1. Even though Sapphires and Rubies are rated a 9, the diamond is many times harder than any other gemstone.

So, no matter which gemstone you want set in your unique ring, I can help guide you to the gemstone of your dreams.

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