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Diamond engagement rings or coloured gemstone engagement rings?

Is there a bit of a trend happening with engagement rings?

 
Whilst engagement rings are synonymous with diamonds, and will probably remain so, there are a growing number of women who are choosing coloured gemstones as centrepiece features in their engagement rings.
Why, you may ask, would someone choose an engagement ring set with coloured gemstones? Well, to start with, wearing a coloured engagement ring would set you apart from the vast majority of women, who sport diamond engagement rings. Unique, original and alternative are some words that could be used to describe such individuals. Additionally, coloured gemstones are just so darned gorgeous why wouldn’t you want to wear one permanently?

Precious gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires have featured in some very well-known celebrity engagement rings recently. Here we take a look at a few.


Sapphire engagement rings

Kate Middleton’s famous sapphire engagement ring, previously belonging to Princess Diana, is a stunning example of a traditional design fulfilling the function of an engagement ring. Yet whilst the design is traditional, it is still an unconventional choice for an engagement ring. Its large oval sapphire centre stone encircled by diamonds has been emulated by women after Prince William used it to propose to Kate. Penelope Cruz sports a different version of the same concept. This is a fine example of how changing certain elements of a ring, such as the setting, can alter its appearance.

Ruby engagement rings

Jessica Simpson’s ruby engagement ring features a rich red ruby between two pear-shaped diamonds set in yellow gold. Rubies symbolise eternal love and are also the birthstone for July which is likely to be one of the reasons for Jessica’s choice. Another example of a ruby engagement ring is the one belonging to Priscilla Chan, married to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who reportedly designed the ring himself. Again, the ruby is flanked by two diamonds.


Emerald engagement rings

Recently engaged Halle Berry’s emerald engagement ring is strikingly beautiful with its 4 carat Colombian emerald centre stone. It is flanked by two diamonds and set in textured gold featuring symbols and codes that can only be seen by the wearer.
Not recent, but notable nonetheless, is Jacqueline Kennedy’s emerald engagement ring. Revolutionary for its time, the ring is a further example of a beautiful and original take on the traditional concept of engagement rings. Created by Van Cleef & Arpels, the ring featured a 2.88 diamond set beside a 2.84 carat emerald surrounded by round and marquise diamonds.

Coloured gemstone engagement rings are not for all women. But if you are all for colour and originality, why not consider a custom made engagement ring featuring coloured gemstones?

Niree Nadjarian