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Tips for Choosing a Gemstone Engagement Ring
Tip #11- Looking like a Diamond-Alternatives: If her first choice for an engagement ring is a diamond, but you just don't have the budget for this option, did you know that there are a few gemstones which have the colors of diamonds? A white diamond, the most common color for diamond, can be substituted with white zircon, White Sapphire or white topaz. The best way to get the yellow diamond ring look for a fraction of the cost is to choose a yellow sapphire ring. You may know that yellow diamonds come in many shades of yellow from the light banana to fancier and more vivid colors like bright golden lemon yellow. MyJewelrySource has a fabulous selection of yellow sapphire rings that very closely replicate the gorgeous yellow diamond. Pink diamonds are one of the rarest of diamonds. Often with a hint of lavender or peach, pink diamonds have been a favorite of celebrities and can very closely be simulated with light pink sapphires and light pink tourmalines. Light pink sapphires are very hard to find but MyJewelrySource does have a gorgeous selection of about a half dozen light pink sapphire engagement rings. Each of our light pink sapphires is carefully hand selected for its amazing resemblance to a pink diamond. If you are interested in the color of a blue diamond, please take a look at our blue zircon rings. Not only does the color of blue zircon look like that of a blue diamond but it also sparkles like a diamond too. This is due to the high refractive index of the gemstone. Not all gemstones have high refractive indexes and that is one characteristic that contributes to sparkle and brilliance.Blue Zircon: Zircon was once believed to bring wisdom, honor, and wealth to those who own the gemstone. Zircon has protected travelers from harm and stimulated spiritual growth. Since zircon has a high refractive index, its sparkle is similar to that of a fine diamond. Zircon is the December birthstone and rates 6 to 6 1/2 on the Mohs scale of hardness.Enhancements: Although cutting is the most basic enhancement method necessary to display the beauty of a gemstone, there are many fascinating methods by which man has demonstrated his ability to draw maximum color, luster, clarity and brilliance from nature's earthbound treasures. A basic understanding of these enhancement techniques will add to your appreciation of the beauty, durability and value of the gemstone jewelry you already own, or plan to purchase in the future. Most blue zircon is heated and chemically treated to bring out the vibrant blue color. This treatment is substantially permanent and is acceptable in the trade. You should assume that the blue zircon sold at MyJewelrySource is treated unless stated otherwise.Blue Zircon Care: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on your blue zircon jewelry. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Your blue zircon jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water