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There is a new shift shaking up the market as couples want their individual stories told in what they wear. No couples story is “off the shelf” so why buy a ring that is a symbol of your relationship from a mass produced retailer off the shelf? Alternative engagement rings speaks to celebrating the couples unique relationship and individuality - doing it their way rather than the status quo. Of course, the diamond is still a popular option, but colored diamonds offer a new twist on the classic colorless diamond without sacrificing durability and exclusivity. That said, more and more couples are opting for colored stones and rings made out of unique materials. Colorful gemstone engagement rings are easily the top trending engagement ring style for 2020. Gemstone alternatives - we are talking about gems you might not have considered as engagement rings before. And at Robert Palma Designs, our knowledge, expertise and worldwide resources to rare and fine gems make designing your ring especially fun, less stressful and affordable.
Beyond color, what’s more alluring about them is many of these stones also are associated with meanings which can signify what’s unique and special about your relationship. We are seeing unexpectedly refreshing stones that - many among the rarest gems on the planet and more valuable than a white diamond - they include but aren’t limited to:
Other easier to find gemstones include pink, lavender and green sapphires, moonstone, rhodolite, garnet, purple and red spinel, aquamarines and emeralds are also popping up in the new trend of rings.
While diamonds still remain the #1 choice for engagement rings, contrary to popular belief, white diamonds are very common. In fact, compared to other gemstones, they are the most common precious stone found. There are vast resources of diamonds inside the Earth. But, let’s face it, diamonds will never go out of style. During these years of the “alternative engagement ring”, diamonds includes new versions of old cuts such as rose and cushion shapes and the reappearance of marquise, baguette and pear shapes in innovative settings. Natural color diamonds have run the gamut from salt and pepper to opaque, cognac, champagne and black diamonds to the more traditional canary yellow and pink.
Redesigned heirloom and vintage engagement rings have become a major contender to the unique modern ring due to their inherent romance, one-of-a-kind nature and storied past
Jack Brooksbank proposed to Princess Eugenie with the rarest of all sapphires - a padparadscha engagement ring . Actress Blake Lively received a light pink oval diamond in a rose-gold setting from Ryan Reynolds and Katy Perry was given a unique ruby in a floral halo by Orlando Bloom.
Selecting a gemstone for your engagement ring instantly gives it a unique, stand out look. Then, it also allows you to add a personalized meaning to your engagement ring since each gemstone has its own meaning and significance.
The rare, beautiful and uncommon is NOT reserved just for the ladies rings. Men now have a huge variety to choose from - just in metals alone. See our recent blog on “METAL FETISH”.
Please discuss care and durability issues with a knowledgeable and trusted gemologist before making your choice. Robert Palma is a GIA graduate and certified gemologist.
As the world experiences drastic changes and heated debates, it makes me take a step back and appreciate how fortunate I am to have chosen this industry - jewelry - that transcends politics, religion; has no boundaries of race, culture, sexual orientation and touches every socio-economic group. Jewelry of some fashion is adorned and embraced by every culture, religion, sex, etc.