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Tips for Choosing a Gemstone Engagement Ring
Tip #16 -Ring Styles: MyJewelrySource.com offers one of the largest selections of gemstone engagement rings. We are pioneers in this area and have been offering gemstone engagement rings since our company was founded in 2000. Gemstone engagement rings come in so many different styles and we definitely have something that you will fall in love with. You could go the classic route choosing a solitaire ring or a past, present, future design. Classic style rings would also include simple, clean lines, channel setting, and uncomplicated styles. One of our most popular styles is antique style engagement rings or vintage style engagement rings. These rings tend to be more ornate and have filigree, engraving and/or milgrain beaded edging. We love some of our vintage style engagement rings so much that we offer them with just about every gemstone! The halo style is another popular design which features at least one single row of stones (generally diamonds) surrounding the center stone. It is most common to have a single row but we offer a few designs with that added wow factor of two or three rows of diamonds around the center. Halo rings can be done with micropave set diamonds (very small and very close together) or larger diamonds for a more substantial look. In general, the larger the diamond, the bigger the sparkle. But with fine quality, closely set smaller diamonds, there can be tremendous sparkle without bordering on gaudy or too cocktail-like. This brings us to the last category of gemstone engagement ring style which would be cocktail. These rings generally have large diamonds or a lot of them and the sparkle factor is off the charts. If you really want to be noticed, a cocktail ring is certainly an obvious choice. With any ring style though, if it is made with fine quality gemstones, we can promise that you will get plenty of attention. You can take a moment to read our testimonials to see what our customers have said about our rings.Tourmaline is found in a wide range of colors from vivid pinks to vibrant greens to Caribbean blue. Tourmaline is dichroic which means that a single gemstone displays two colors. Tourmaline is the alternate October birthstone. Tourmalines are mined in Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the United States. Tourmaline rates 7 to 7 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 natures 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. Dark blue, blue-green, and green tourmalines are occasionally heated to lighten their color. Red tourmalines (or rubellite) and pink varieties are often heated or irradiated to permanently improve their colors. You can assume that the green and seafoam tourmalines sold at MyJewelrySource have been heated unless stated otherwise. The Nigerian pink tourmalines at MyJewelrySource have not been heated and other varieties of pink may have been heated.Tourmaline care: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Your tourmaline jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water.