Tip #12- Avoiding Diamonds Altogether: We have many customers who, for a variety of reasons, are not interested in having diamonds in their engagement rings. Some just don't want the look of diamonds and in those cases, a solitaire ring is the best choice. A solitaire ring doesn't have to be boring either. You can consider a ring style with a more ornate or engraved band. Or go bold with a wider band that has a bezel set gemstone at the center. Bezel setting is a great option if you have a very active lifestyle and want to protect the gemstone. You could even consider a 'solitaire' ring that incorporates both of your birthstones. Solitaire rings can be done with any shape gemstone. Princess, round and oval are the most popular as solitaires, but don't overlook marquise, heart, emerald and radiant cut stones as well. Another way to avoid diamonds is the substitute the diamonds in the ring you like with White Sapphires or synthetic stones like cubic zirconia. These stones will give you the look of diamonds. MyJewelrySource offers a few gemstone engagement rings that are solitaire rings and some additional past present future engagement rings done with gemstones and White Sapphires.Aquamarine: From the Latin word for "sea water", aquamarine was said to be a gift to the mermaids from Neptune, the King of the Sea. Some believe aquamarine to help the wearer conquer wickedness, and the have magical power to convey insight and foresight. It is the birthstone for march and symbolizes happiness and everlasting youth. Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March. Aquamarine is mined in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, Mozambique and Brazil. Aquamarine rates 7 1/2 to 8 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. Aquamarines generally have a greenish hue when mined and are then heated to bring out the blue color permanently. The treatment is permanent and does not require special care. You should assume that the aquamarines sold at MyJewelrySource are treated unless stated otherwise.Buying an Aquamarine: Aquamarine in sizes over 5 carats is considered important. The gemstone is expected to be eye clean and should have a soft to medium blue color. Deeper colors of aquamarine are rare and can be very expensive.Aquamarine care: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Your aquamarine jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water.