Gemstone Engagement Rings and Promise Rings
What is the world without color? Without flowers, without the rainbow, or without beautiful gemstones, the world would be a very different place. Gemstone engagement rings are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to diamond engagement rings. Gemstone engagement rings add a brilliant splash of color and allow more individual expression then ever before. MyJewelrySource offers a beautiful selection of truly unique precious and semi-precious gemstone engagement rings and birthstone promise rings, most of which are exclusively sold here.
Tips for Choosing a Gemstone Engagement Ring
Tip #2- Choosing the Perfect Color: As a general guideline, if she wants a soft subtle color, try aquamarine, green amethyst, citrine, yellow sapphire or light pink sapphire. For a bold, primary color look, try blue sapphire, ruby or emerald. Jewel tones would include amethyst, ruby, blue sapphire, green tourmaline and orange sapphire.Tip #3- Radiant Red: If she loves red, consider garnet, rhodolite garnet, ruby or rubellite tourmaline. Red gemstones look great in white and yellow metals. The yellow metals are warm and complement the red gemstone and the white metals are a striking contrast with the red gemstone. Garnets are generally more of a burgundy while rhodolite garnets have a hint of pink. Rubies can be cherry red, blood red, or have hints of purple or pink. Rubellite tourmaline, one of the prettiest, most striking gemstones, is generally a deep vivid reddish magenta but can also be found as a hot pink or a reddish pink. Rubies are the most expensive of the red gemstones, sometimes commanding prices of up to $30000 per carat for the very finest material. Garnets and rhodolite garnets are very affordable and are readily available in many shapes and sizes.About Ruby: The fiery color of the ruby symbolizes devotion, passion, desire, and luxurious opulence. It was once believed that the wearer of a ruby was blessed with health, wealth, wisdom and outstanding success in affairs of the heart. Rubies were thought to be magical, mysterious and even mystical. The more beautiful the ruby gem, it was thought the more profound and positive effect on the owner's life. Ruby is the birthstone for July and the anniversary gemstone for the fifteenth and fortieth wedding anniversaries. Rubies excel in durability with a rating of 9 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. Ruby is often heat-treated to improve the color and clarity. This practice dates back to around 50 AD. The enhancement is acceptable, safe and permanent. You should assume that the rubies sold at MyJewelrySource are enhanced unless stated otherwise.Buying a Ruby: Always let your taste be the final guide in making your selection. Rubies come in a wide range of tones from stoplight red to crimson. Generally, a red that is low in or free of purple is most desirable. Reds with overtones of orange or pink are fine as long as the gemstones are saturated enough to be called red. Rubies are rarely completely clean and some of the most desirable colors will often have small inclusions. A good guideline is to first select a ruby with the best color you can find and then make sure the inclusions are slight. Rubies in sizes of over 1 carat are considered important and sizes over 3 carats are particularly hard to find. All of the rubies at MyJewelrySource.com are red, and as true red as we could find. Our rubies do not have purple overtones and they are nearly eye clean. Any visible inclusions are subtle and not distracting from the beauty of the gem.Care of Rubies: Since rubies are tough and durable, they can withstand most cleaning methods. While steaming and ultrasonic cleaning will not damage the gemstone, these methods are not recommended by MJS as they may loosen the setting, and subsequently, stones may fall out. Your ruby jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water. Rubies must not be put in boiling hot water.