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Getting to Know Gems


 

Diamonds aren’t a girl’s only best friends. Gemstones and coloured diamonds make great bosom buddies too and popular, if not customary, engagement and betrothals choices with royal families as celebrities.

Coloured gems are relatively more affordable then diamonds and this gives you the opportunity to go for a larger carat stone. You could also choose to spend a little more on the setting that is essential in bringing out the stone’s beauty. Gemstones also come in a variety of colours and it’s easy for you to pick something in your favourite shade or birthstone!

A quick guide to your favourite gem:


DIAMOND
The Ultimate Stone. Diamonds worn in ancient times were believed to promote strength, invincibility and courage.
Colour: White
Associated with: Abundance
Properties: The hardest substance found in nature and it’s four times tougher than sapphire and ruby.

PEARL
The Queen of gems is believed to promote marital harmony.
Colour: Off-white, dark olive green and black.
Associated with: Purity and innocence.
Properties: The thinner and more numerous the layers in the pearl, the finer the luster. The very best pearls have a metallic mirror-like luster.

TOURMALINE
Because of it’s colourful appearance, Egyptian legend has it that Tourmaline stone passes through a rainbow on its way up from the centre of the Earth.
Colour: A palette of many shades.
Associated with: For the reason that a tourmaline has endless faces, it suits all moods.
Properties: It’s healing properties aids in understanding oneself and others. It’s also believed to balance the right-left sides of the brain.

AMETHYST
The King of the Quartz family. While the ancient Greeks wore it to prevent intoxication, the gemstone is said to calm emotions.
Colour: Purple
Associated with: Royalty. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels.
Properties: This gemstone is of medium hardness and moderately heat sensitive.

SAPPHIRE
Princess Diana received this The ‘Stone of Destiny’ for her engagement and the world has since been inspired to revive this tradition.
Colour: Blue, yellow, orange and pink.
Associated with: Loyalty and harmony.
Properties: Second to diamonds, Sapphire is the next hardest crystal.

PERIDOT
The peridot is a suitable summer stone, representing lightness and beauty.
Colour: Green
Associated with: Love and admiration.
Properties: It is one of the very few gemstones that come in a single colour.

EMERALD
Emeralds are emblems of love and the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 20th, 35th and 55th year of marriage. Also known as The ‘Jardin’ (French for garden), as it symbolises leaves and branches in the month of springtime romance.
Colour: Green
Associated with: Fertility
Properties: Most have low resistance to breakage.

GARNET
The 2nd anniversary gemstone and a robust symbol of love.
Colour: Most often in red.
Associated with: Passion and courage.
Properties: Star garnets are those that change colour depending on the light, i.e. daylight or artificial light.

TOPAZ
The ‘Stone of Strength’ encourages happiness, creativity, focus and concentration.
Colour: Usually yellow, but comes in various colours.
Associated with: True love and success.
Properties: Possess similar hardness and durability as a diamond’s.

SAPPHIRE
Princess Diana received this The ‘Stone of Destiny’ for her engagement and the world has since been inspired to revive this tradition.
Colour: Blue, yellow, orange and pink.
Associated with: Loyalty and harmony.
Properties: Second to diamonds, Sapphire is the next hardest crystal.

AQUAMARINE
A transparent variety from the beryl family. It’s believed to possess a soothing influence and the power to ensure a long and happy marriage.
Colour: Blue, delicate turquoise and occasionally a tinge of green.
Associated with: Faithfulness
Properties: It’s value is in the colour; the darker the tone of blue, the more valuable it is.

RUBY
Used by many to signify strong, passionate feelings, the ruby is noted as the most powerful gem in the universe.
Colour: Red
Associated with: Warmth and life
Properties: Hard and durable. Lesser the inclusions, higher the value.

TURQUOISE
Highly important ornamental jewellery to the Egyptians, turquoise graced the necks of Pharaohs and also early Native Americans.
Colour: Bluish Green
Associated with: For the reason that a tourmaline has endless faces, it suits all moods.
Properties: Special care is needed, as it is more fragile than most gemstones. Shine and colour tends to deteriorate with exposure to light and heat.

Photo Credit:
1. Monique Lhuiller Pave Leaf Diamond Ring by Blue Nile
2. Pearl Triple Drop Earrings by Blue Nile
3. Pink Tourmaline and Micropave Diamond Earrings by Blue Nile
4. Amethyst and Diamond Halo Cushion Ring in 14k White Gold by Blue Nile
5. Pink Sapphire and Micropave by Blue Nile
6. Ruby Ring by Blue Nile
7. Peridot and Diamond Ring by Blue Nile
8. Emerald and Micropave Diamond Ring by Blue Nile
9. Garnet and Diamond Ring by Blue Nile
10. Blue Topaz and Diamond Cushion Ring by Blue Nile
11. Sapphire and Micropave Diamond Ring by Blue Nile




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Keywords: Engagement, Wedding Bands, Wedding Planning, Wedding Proposal



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