Gemstone Engagement Ring March 30, 2016 – Posted in: Jewelry – Tags: Engagement Ring, Engagement Rings, gemstones, sapphire
The Most Popular Gemstones for Engagement Rings
Brides around the world are gifted with a ring to wear on the third finger of their left hand when they accept a proposal of marriage. This finger is traditionally thought to be a direct connection to the heart via the vena amoris. The initial intent of this tradition would not be looked on so favorably in today’s world; the early caveman wound braided cords of grass around the wrists, ankles and waist of his intended to control her spirit. The first recorded incident of a diamond engagement ring occurred in 1477 when the Archduke of Austria presented Mary of Burgundy with an engagement ring using diamond chips to form the letter “M”.
When a young man proposes marriage to his girlfriend these days the engagement ring is typically set with a diamond. However, other gemstones are often part of the setting and may include the young lady’s birthstone. When the bride has a particular affinity to a certain gemstone, the largest stone in the ring may feature that stone with smaller diamonds surrounding the setting. One of the most beautiful engagement rings in recent history was the stunning blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds that the late Princess Diana of Great Britain wore.
Sapphires are available in a variety of colors including white, pink, yellow, purple and blue. The gemstone is not only beautiful, but is very durable and able to withstand wear and scratching almost as well as a diamond. The ability of a sapphire to withstand everyday wear and its extraordinary beauty make the stone a popular choice for modern brides.
Emeralds and rubies are gemstones chosen for the depth and richness of their color. Emeralds are available in lighter to darker shades, but the most sought after color is neither dark nor light. The ideal emerald is bright enough to stand out with an intense green color that gives the stone depth. Both emeralds and rubies are thought of by most people as vintage stones since they have adorned the crowns and jewelry of royalty. Since the color red symbolizes romance, it seems appropriate that rubies should be included in engagement ring settings.
Diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies are not the only gemstones that show up on the modern engagement ring. Many other beautiful stones are available, and the discerning groom may want to take his intended bride ring shopping after she has accepted his proposal. This is the best way for the young gentleman to be sure the ring they choose together will be exactly what his lady will love. Perhaps an engagement ring or bridal set that features a striking diamond enhanced by her birthstone or some other stone that she admires. One popular choice is a ring that includes the birthstone of both the bride and groom, connecting the two in the setting.
Natural, mineral based gemstones are the most popular due to their durability, but a beautiful pearl enhanced by diamonds and/or colored stones is chosen by some couples. Pearls are also available in a variety of colors ranging from pure white to the black pearl. There are different types of pearls including the Tahitian, Akoya, South Sea or freshwater varieties. South Sea pearls are the rarest and most valuable of pearls, and they also tend to be larger than other types.
Some modern couples do not feel bound by tradition, so many begin living together without being married. This is a type of non-commitment that does not always end in marriage, but for most couples it does. The presentation of an engagement ring does signify a higher level of commitment, and the couple has time to save and plan for their wedding. This is not always the best scenario, but it is becoming more and more common.
Most young girls grow up looking forward to the time when they will meet the right one, get married and have a family of their own. They look forward to the excitement of getting an engagement ring, planning a beautiful wedding and living happily ever after. While receiving a beautiful engagement ring is not the most important event, it is a great source of pride and enjoyment for any young lady.