Discover The June Birthstone Pearl

Discover The June Birthstone: Pearls 

Happy birthday to all our pearl-loving June babies! You’ve lucked out with this luminescent June birthstone. Gorgeous and affordable, this marine beauty upgrades any personal style. Read on for our favorite pearl birthstone jewelry gifts.

June Birthstone Pearl

Let’s start off with a fun fact. Only two months out of the year have three birthstones, June and December. That means that June babies, aka Geminis and Cancers, are lucky enough to have some stunning stones to choose from, none better than the classic pearl. In our humble opinion, of course. 

What Is The June Birthstone?

Aside from moonstones and alexandrite, pearls are perhaps the most popular choice as June’s birthstone. Pearls are the only gemstone created from a living animal- the mollusk! They can be found in clams, oysters, and mussels. So, the next time you’re enjoying these shellfish, remember they’re also responsible for one of the world’s oldest gems. 

The June birthstone is extra special because it doesn’t need to be mined like other gems (natural pearls). In fact, it doesn’t need any specific cutting or polishing to look incredible. It just is! 

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What Are The Different Types Of Pearls?

South Sea Pearl

Originally exclusive to Australia, South Sea pearls are now cultured in Indonesia, Burma, and the Philippines. Colors range from white pink and silver pink to dark gold. Australian pearls also come in fancy colors, including red gold which is extremely rare and highly regarded. These sizable pearls work well in strands and statement pieces.

Tahitian Pearl 

Often called black pearls, Tahitian pearls grow in the warm, turquoise lagoons of French Polynesia and other islands in the South Seas. Colors range from gray to black, shimmering with peacock green, gray, and purple overtones. Try these dark devils for an edgier look.

Akoya Pearl 

Coming from Japan, the most valued Akoya pearl colors are white and white with pink undertones. The most common of the cultured pearls, their roundness, nacre depth, and consistent luster have positioned them as the preferred choice for a timeless statement.

Freshwater Pearl 

Though originally produced in Japan, 90% of the world’s freshwater pearls now come from China. Supply is abundant and each shell can produce up to 100 pearls simultaneously. While typically irregular in color and shape, freshwater pearls are the most affordable and are widely used in sterling silver jewelry because of their availability.

Pearl Colours

How Is A Pearl Created?

There’s a big misconception that natural pearls are formed from a grain of salt when it’s actually the result of a parasite. The parasite lodges itself inside the mollusk, and as a defense, the animal emits a fluid called nacre. The fluid coats the irritant with milky layers of nacre, eventually forming a pearl. 

Given how popular pearls are, especially as bridal jewelry, pearl farmers have learned ways to recreate the natural process of pearl cultivation. These pearls are called ‘cultured pearls’ and come in a variety of hues. Along with the popular cream and white colors, farmers can create pearl jewelry in lilac, grey, and even black. 

Since natural pearls are rare and hard to find, cultured pearls are more common in the jewelry industry. Like lab grown diamonds, these pearls are just as real and exhibit the same high quality as natural pearls. 

Pearl Birthstone History

The world’s oldest pearl, the “Abu Dhabi Pearl,” dated back 8,000 years to the Neolithic period and was discovered in 2017 on Marawah Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The oldest known pearl necklace was discovered in the sarcophagus of a Queen who died in 520 BC. 

Pearls, which were known in ancient Greece as the tears of the gods, have been worn and used as adornments for centuries. Only the very rich could afford them as they were extremely rare. As of the early 1900s, pearls have become more accessible because of commercial culturing and are a classic and affordable gemstone for nearly any budget. 

Classic Pearl Jewelry

Pearl Birthstone Symbolism

Pearls, given their long history, have racked up a pretty good symbolism portfolio at this point. For some, pearls are symbolic of wisdom- hence the term “pearls of wisdom.” Moreover, they’re said to offer protection along with good luck and wealth. 

And if that weren’t a good enough reason to invest in this little gem, they’re also supposed to be symbolic of the wearer’s purity, kind nature, and generosity.

For those on their wedding day or anniversary, pearls represent the broader idea of seeing love as a treasure. Why? Because pearls were so hard to find and so rare, they became a treasure to anyone who found them. 

Why Should You  Buy A Pearl Engagement Ring And Pearl Jewelry?

  1. Pearl engagement rings are a unique alternative to classic engagement rings.
  2. Believe it or not, pearl engagement rings are the perfect budget-friendly option.
  3. They’re the June Birthstone, something your June-born partner may appreciate.
  4. They come in a variety of designs, from ring settings to metal, pearl sizes, and colors! 
  5. Pearls go with everything, as will your pearl engagement ring.
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FAQs

What is the true birthstone for June?

People born in June are lucky enough to have three true birthstones. These include pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. June is one of three months, including August and December, that have more than one stunning birthstone. 

Are there multiple birthstones for June?

Yes, June has three beautiful birthstones, pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.

Why does June have 3 birthstones?

One of the main reasons June has three birthstones is because some ancient gemstones have become too rare and therefore aren’t as easily accessible on the market. 

What color is the birthstone for June?

Pearl birthstone comes in a variety of different colors, from white to black/grey, and even pink. Alexandrite can change colors depending on the light from bluish-green to purplish red. 

Why is June’s birthstone the pearl?

To astrologists, the pearl represents the birthstone for June. They also say that the gem is aligned with the zodiac sign of Gemini.

Is alexandrite more expensive than diamonds?

Alexandrite and diamonds have a similar value and it’s not uncommon to find alexandrite jewelry priced the same as diamonds. This is because alexandrite gemstones are becoming rarer. 

What is the rarest birthstone?

Painite is the rarest gemstone. It’s not just the rarest gemstone, but also the rarest mineral on earth. 

How much is alexandrite worth?

Currently, it’s said that a 1-carat alexandrite gem can go up to $15,000.

Final Thoughts

For more about pearls and other birthstone jewelry, check out our related pearl posts! We’re always happy to help you find the perfect gift whether it’s for yourself or that special person in your life. Visit us at JamesAllen.com today and find out what fine jewelry, engagement rings, and wedding rings are perfect for you!

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How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring Online

Custom Engagement Rings Online

Let’s talk about something personal – your engagement ring! Why settle for ordinary when you can have something as unique as you? A custom engagement ring ensures you get the ring you actually want and it’s the perfect way for your future spouse to show they care. 

Let’s get those creative juices flowing as we explore why a customized ring is just what you need and deserve. 

Learn How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring Online

Why Choose a Custom Engagement Ring?

Choosing your ring – or your partner’s ring – is no easy task. This is a symbol of your love and something that’ll hopefully be worn daily. Customization is the easiest way to get that forever ring looking just right.

Personalization and Uniqueness

Forget cookie-cutter rings. Picture a ring that’s made just for you and reflects your unique style. When you choose to customize, you’re essentially creating something with unique features that are specific to your style and preferences.

Individual Preferences

Your love is one-of-a-kind, and your ring should be too. A custom ring allows you to add personal touches. For example, the diamond shape of your dreams or a ring setting that mirrors your personality. No compromises, just a perfect fit- down to the metal color that suits your skin tone best.

How To Design Custom Jewelry Online

Symbolic Meaning

Beyond aesthetics, a custom ring’s potential for symbolism goes beyond the norm in the best way. It’s not just a ring; it’s a tangible representation of your commitment, love, and individuality. 

No Room For Error 

A custom engagement ring is something you and your partner can design together- a popular choice for the modern couple indeed. This leaves no room for doubt about what your preferences are and what ring you want to see on your finger! 

Getting Started with Your Custom Engagement Ring

Setting Your Budget

Having a set budget for your ring doesn’t mean compromising on beauty. You can still create something extraordinary within your financial comfort zone. It also helps avoid unrealistic expectations and encourages you to explore all your options. 

P.S. Most jewelry retailers offer payment plans. Check out JamesAllen.com financing options if you’re thinking about getting your custom engagement ring online. 

Factors Influencing the Cost

Ever wondered what goes into the cost of a custom ring? Materials, design complexity, and the choice of gemstone or diamond play a big role. Knowing these factors can help you make the best decisions. We suggest you study up on the 4Cs! 

Related Post: How To Buy An Engagement Ring Using The 4Cs

Choosing the Perfect Diamond or Gemstone

We know when most people think “diamonds” they assume they’re going to need to break the bank. But did you know that lab grown diamonds are three times less expensive than natural diamonds? While gemstones are relatively less expensive than diamonds and offer an even more unique aesthetic. 

When picking your dream diamond or gemstone it’s so important that you or your partner inspect the gem beforehand and ensure it comes with the proper certification. 

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Selecting the Ring Setting

You have plenty of ring settings to choose from, especially online where jewelers offer a wide variety of options. Here are some of the ring settings you should look out for:

  • Solitaire 
  • Pavé
  • Halo
  • Chanel Set 
  • Side-Stone 
  • Three Stone
  • Vintage 
  • Tension 
  • Bezel 

Not all ring settings are created equal. Halo and pavé engagement rings are popular and known to add that extra sparkle, whereas solitaire and bezel engagement rings are simple and classic. Your engagement ring setting is likely the biggest custom feature to truly reflect your style. 

Engagement Ring Settings

Customization Options at James Allen

Here at James Allen, we love a good custom-made ring! That’s why we have hundreds of ring settings to choose from, all available in your preferred metal color. We also have one of the largest collections of loose diamonds, with over 500,000 gems to choose from in every color, cut, carat, and clarity grade. 

Basic Customization 

For our basic customization, you can simply pick your ideal ring setting from our collections, select your preferred metal type, and add your dream diamond or gemstone. Take full advantage of our virtual engagement ring try-on to test out whichever ring/diamond suits your hand best (and yes, you can spend hours doing this!) 

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The Ring Studio 

Want full control over your custom engagement ring? Say no more. Pop into our ring studio where you can design your sparkler online from scratch. View all changes in real-time and just have fun! 

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Finalizing Your Design

Whether you create your dream ring in a jewelry store or online, remember that final touches can make it above and beyond sentimental. Some of our favorite details include hidden diamonds and personalized engravings inside the band. 

FAQs

What is the average cost of a custom engagement ring?

The cost of a custom ring varies based on design, materials, and center stones. Typically, prices range from $2000 and beyond.

How long does it take to create a custom engagement ring?

If you’re using an online jewelry store, customization could take under an hour based on the technology the store uses. In-store customization can take days, even weeks to happen.

Can I use my own diamond or gemstone in a custom ring?

Of course! Check with your chosen retailer- but it’s more than likely you’ll be able to use your own stone.

Is there a return policy for custom engagement rings?

Return policies differ so it’s essential to clarify terms before making your purchase!

Conclusion

Feel like a custom engagement ring is the right route for you or your partner? Try it out at JamesAllen.com or chat about it more with one of our expert consultants- available 24/7!

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What Is The December Birthstone: A Guide To Blue Topaz

December’s birthstone, blue topaz, is cool, chic, and a perfect way to light up the holiday season…and every day after! This gemstone is as meaningful as it is beautiful, and versatile too.

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Read on to learn everything from its symbolism to how to style it and get yours today. Because whether or not you were born in December, you’re gonna want one of these gorgeous gemstone pieces.

What Is December’s Birthstone?

December, similar to other months of the year, actually has multiple birthstones. However, the most popular, or at least our favorite, is blue topaz. This beautiful gemstone is made up of aluminum and fluorine and known for its beautiful blue hues.

The Symbolism and Meaning of Topaz

Similar to other birthstones and gemstones, blue topaz is brimming with beautiful symbolism. Originally thought to bring protection, this gemstone is now also thought to bring love and affection and is often given as a symbol of one’s love.

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Unique to blue topaz, it is also associated with the fourth wedding anniversary. But it doesn’t stop here, blue topaz is also thought to help with insomnia, indigestion, and in ancient times failing, eyesight.

Have you lost your creative edge or motivation? Well, many believe blue topaz can help with this too!

What Color is the December Birthstone?

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Blue topaz is, you guessed it, blue. This birthstone comes in shades from light blue to dark, and is commonly sold in three different shades known as London blue, Swiss blue, and sky blue, with the first two being the most popular.

This gemstone is incredibly rare and is frequently created by heating a topaz stone in its natural, colorless state, and using trace elements to give it that beautiful blue hue.

A Brief History of the December Birthstone

December’s birthstone can be found throughout history. Multiple ancient civilizations prized blue topaz for its protective properties, including the Aztecs and ancient Egyptians, who thought the gemstone could help prevent injuries and other illnesses.

Understanding Topaz’s Sensitivity and Fragility

Moh Scale

The December birthstone is quite durable, ranking 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. This durability makes it a great choice for jewelry, particularly jewelry you wear on a frequent basis. However, blue topaz is hard yet brittle, and some color variations like London blue are more easily scratched, so you should still be careful.

Practical Tips for Cleaning and Preserving Topaz Jewelry

Blue topaz is hard yet sensitive, so it is important to care for it and clean it properly. Follow these tips below to keep your December birthstone pieces shining all year long.

  • Store it separately from other pieces in original, soft, & protective packaging
  • Store it away from strong sunlight & high temperatures
  • Avoid using harsh cleaners
  • Wash in warm, soapy water
  • Clean gentle with a soft bristle brush
  • Dry with a soft, lint-free cloth

What Are the Other December Birthstones?

December is unique when it comes to birthstones because it has so many! While blue topaz may be your favorite (it’s certainly ours!), there are others to choose from including blue zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise.

Blue Zircon

First of all, blue zircon is not cubic zirconia, despite the similarities in their names. Blue zircon is one of the oldest gemstones ever discovered. The sparkle and shine of blue zircon have been compared to that of diamonds.

This gemstone is also available in multiple colors, but it is the blue variety that is a birthstone for December. This gemstone is thought to bring good luck and positivity.

Tanzanite

Tanzanite became a birthstone for December in 2002 after being discovered decades earlier in Tanzania. This gemstone is named for the country where it was first found and is increasingly popular in jewelry today. It is associated with tranquility and compassion.

Turquoise

Deriving its name from the French word for Turkish, because French traders purchased the stone from Turkish traders, this gemstone is on the softer side, rating a 5-6 on the Mohs hardness scale. This gemstone is thought to bring good luck, friendship, and patience, and was even used in ancient healing practices.

FAQs

What is the actual birthstone for December? 

December has four birthstones. Blue topaz, blue zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise. It is one of the few months to have so many birthstones.

What is the origin of blue topaz? 

Blue topaz was discovered in the 1960s in Brazil by British explorer Max Ostro.

Why does December have four birthstones?

It is not known exactly why December has so many birthstones. It is most commonly believed that it was to add more affordable options.

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The Ultimate Guide To Buying Gemstones

Gemstones are beautiful, fashionable, and a great way to express your style. But how do you know which ones to buy…and where? Read on to find out everything you need to know to ensure you pick out the perfect colored gemstone for you.

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We understand there is a lot to consider when making such a significant purchase. After reading this blog, you may not be a certified gemstone expert, but you might start to feel like one!

Gemstones Basics

Let’s start with the basics. Many of us know about birthstones, different gemstones that correspond to the months of the year. But what are these colorful creatures, and how are they created? Are all gemstones created equal? Let’s dive in.

What are the Different Types of Gemstones?

There are numerous gemstones, the most popular being garnet, amethyst, aquamarine, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, rubies, peridot, sapphires, opals, citrine, and topaz. Each gemstone corresponds to a month of the year, is associated with a special meaning, and has its own color (or colors…some gemstones come in more than one hue).

Related Blog Post: Birthstone Engagement Ring Ideas For Each Month

How are Gemstones Created?

You may have heard about earth created and lab created diamonds, well their fellow gemstones (yes, diamonds are a gemstone!) are no different. Gemstones can both be found in the earth and created in the lab. Lab created gemstones, like earth created gemstones, are 100% real. The only difference is their place of origin and process of creation. The final result is still a real, vibrant, colorful gemstone.

What is the Difference Between Precious vs. Semi-Precious?

Gemstones fall into two major categories: precious and semi-precious. Only four gemstones are considered precious: diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. All other gemstones are part of the semi-precious category. The main difference is hardness. While precious gemstones are incredibly sought after, they are necessarily more valuable than their semi-precious counterparts. The value depends on things like rarity, size, and quality.

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What Should I Consider When Buying Gemstones?

There is a lot to know when buying gemstones, we recommend keeping the following things in mind:

  • Type: Different gemstones have different characteristics. From colors to shapes to availability, knowing which gemstone you are shopping for is important.
  • Quality: The quality of a gemstone will affect its color and price, among other things. Check out the section on the 4Cs below!
  • Origin: Gemstones can come from the earth or the lab. While both are 100% gemstones, the origin can affect the brightness of the hue and the price. Some may have a personal preference for the origin as well.
  • Treatment: Many gemstones receive various treatments to ensure they are the best version of themselves. Some treatments can affect the value. See more below!
  • Certification: Certifications contain important information about a gemstone’s origin, quality, and characteristics. Experts recommend purchasing a gemstone certified by a reputable body such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Fun fact, all gemstones at James Allen are certified by either the GIA or the American Gem Society (AGS).
  • Maintenance: Different gemstones require different maintenance. From cleaning to circumstances when it’s recommended to remove them, it is important to keep this important factor in mind.

The Four Cs Apply To Gemstones Too

While some may be familiar with the 4C’s as they apply to diamonds specifically, they actually apply to all gemstones, and it is important to keep them in mind when shopping for them.

Color

The color of a gemstone has three main factors: hue, tone, and saturation. The hue of a gemstone is what most people picture when you talk about color. Frequently, the color of a gemstone is mixed, consisting of a main color and a second color mixed in. Saturation refers to how pure or intense the main color is.

The purer a gemstone’s hue or color, meaning the smaller the tints of other mixed in colors, the more valuable the gemstone. Additionally, the brighter and more dynamic the color, the better. Many shoppers prefer gemstones whose color is more mild than dark.

Clarity

When it comes to gemstones, clarity concerns the amount of inclusions or blemishes in the gemstone. This is an important consideration as it affects the value and appearance of the gemstone. Gemstone clarity is rated from “included” to “flawless.” The more flawless, the higher the value.

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Cut

A gemstone’s cut is how it is shaped and polished. This affects the value of the gemstone, as well as its brightness. Gemstone cuts come in round, princess, Asscher, cushion, emerald, oval, marquise, and pear.

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Related Post: How To Choose The Best Diamond Shape And Size For Your Finger

Carat

A gemstone’s carat refers to its weight, another important factor when determining the value of a gemstone. Larger gemstones are considered more rare and thus more valuable.

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All You Need to Know About Gemstone Grading Reports

Gemstone grading reports state details and specifications about the gemstone, such as the carat weight, shape, and other measurements. It also notes if the gemstone has received treatment. You must purchase a gemstone with a grading report from a reputable agency, such as the GIA, IGI (International Gemological Institute), or AGS.

A GIA certificate for gemstones

Gemstone Treatments: What Are They?

Gemstone treatments, also known as enhancements, are the processes applied to gemstones to improve their natural state. These treatments generally make the gemstone stronger and improve its brightness. Some treatments have a permanent effect, while others require maintenance.

Common Treatments and Their Effects

The most common treatments are heat treatments, irradiation, dyeing, filling, and coating. Heat and irradiation treatments and coating treatments help to bring out the color and improve the gemstone’s clarity. Filling treatments help to repair any cavities or fractures that can affect a gemstone’s appearance.

Can You Tell If a Gemstone Has Been Treated?

While a professional gemologist using microscopes can tell if a gemstone has been treated, generally, gemstone treatments are unseen by the naked eye.

Top Tips & Tricks For Buying Gemstones

As you can see, buying a gemstone is a serious business. When making such an investment, it is important to keep the following things in mind:

  • Choose a Reliable Gemstone Dealer: Make sure you are shopping at a reputable shop that provides certificates for their gemstones and diamonds.
  • Ask Questions: Think about what is important to you and make sure to ask. Whether it’s the 4Cs or treatments, ensure that the gemstone you get has the desired qualities. 
  • Remember Personal Preference: Whether you prefer a dark or light hue, a certain shape, a permanent treatment, or are OK with a gemstone that may require some maintenance, the perfect gemstone is the one you love best.

How To Care For Your Gemstones

Once you have chosen your gemstones, it is important to maintain them so they always shine bright.

Cleaning and Storage

You have two choices when cleaning your gemstones: at home or with a professional. When choosing to do so at home, follow these steps:

  1. Take a small bowl and fill it with mild dish soap or special jewelry cleaner
  2. Mix the solution and take a soft-bristled toothbrush or special jewelry brush and gently scrub the gemstone.
  3. Now take a soft, lint-free cloth and gently pat dry the gemstone.

If unsure, you can always bring your gemstone to a professional for cleaning services. This can be done at most reputable retailers.

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When storing your gemstone, keeping them in the original soft packaging is recommended to prevent scratches and other possible damage. 

Avoid These Common Risks

Keep your gemstones out of direct heat or sunlight, and always avoid harsh chemicals. It is also recommended to safely store your gemstones when going to the beach, swimming in a pool (hello chlorine!), working out, cleaning, and showering.

Remember, these things can damage the gemstones you spent so much time selecting. Let’s keep those gemstones shining bright!

Related Post: How To Protect Your Engagement Ring At The Gym: And Other Times To Remove Your Ring

When To Go To The Pros

If your gemstone is part of an intricately designed piece or you are nervous about undertaking this task yourself, it is best to ask a professional. Most reputable jewelry retailers will provide cleaning services.

Don’t Forget to Enjoy Your Gemstones

This may be our most important tip! You have done the research and found the gemstones; now, it’s time to show them off! Whether you choose a unique, colorful gemstone engagement ring, a fabulous birthstone pendant, or gorgeous gemstone earrings, make sure to enjoy them!

FAQs

What are the key factors when buying gemstones?

Keep in mind the type of gemstone you want, of course, your budget, and the 4Cs. Don’t forget to consider any treatments and look for certification.

What is the difference between earth created and lab created gemstones, and does it matter?

The only difference is where they come from. Gemstones from the lab are just as real as those found in the earth. They just have a different origin story.

What are common gemstone treatments, and do they affect the value?

The most common treatments are heat, irradiation, and filling. While these treatments improve the gemstone’s appearance, they can (but do not always) lower its value, making these beautiful pieces more affordable.

How can I find a reputable retailer?

Do your research! Read customer reviews and make sure their products are certified. Check their return policies and always look for jewelry associated with and/or uses certificates from professional organizations such as the AGS or GIA.

How do I care for my gemstone?

Make sure to safely store your gemstone and keep it clean. And, of course, enjoy it!

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Gemstones 101: How To Shop By Color

Calling all jewelry lovers! Want to know the foolproof way of shopping for jewelry when you’re unsure of what you want? Try shopping by color! We’ll walk you through this fun process and help you find the best new accessories for your wardrobe.

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How To Shop By Color

Step 1: Open up your closet and think about the colors you typically wear. Do your outfits consist of bold and bright colors or more neutral tones? This will help you determine which jewelry colors will complement your personal style.

Step 2: Open up your trusty friend Google and search for a “color wheel.” This visual aid will help you see that complementary colors are opposite on the wheel. Realizing opposites attract is the exact formula here to help you shop jewelry by color.

Step 3: Monochromatic looks might be your new go-to if you prefer sticking to singular colors. Pick a color you love and add shades and textures, like pearls, to your all-white outfit and white gold or silver jewelry pieces.

Blue

Blue jewelry mainly consists of some of the most breathtaking birthstones, like blue sapphire, aquamarine, and blue topaz. You’ll be sure to find a blue shade that fits you perfectly.

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It’s easy to add blue jewelry accessories to look if your usual outfits include red, orange, beige, and grey clothing.

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Green

Green jewelry is a must for good energy. With the ever-vibrant birthstone emerald and a unique favorite, peridot, you’ll have plenty of green hues to choose from.

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Add green pieces to your outfits if you’re wearing yellow, grey, and neutral tones.

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Purple & Pink

Take it from us; every day is perfect for wearing purple and pink jewelry. From pink sapphire, morganite, and breathtaking amethyst, you’re sure to stand out with these summery gemstones.

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We recommend you shop for pink and purple jewelry colors if your wardrobe consists mostly of off-white, black, and green tones.

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Yellow & Orange

There’s nothing but happy vibes when wearing orange and yellow pieces with your day and night looks. These warm citrine and yellow sapphire hues will attract compliments and bring out your inner shine.

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If your daily outfits are mainly light blue, pink, and violet, yellow and orange jewelry colors are what you should shop for.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment! Jewelry is meant to be fun and expressive, so try mixing and matching different colors and styles until you find what works for you. Who knows, you may just discover a new favorite color or style.

Happy Shopping

Get to know what jewelry is trending at JamesAllen.com! Our large collection of gemstone jewelry is fun to browse and will help you see which colors are out there for you.

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Gemstone Engagement Rings: Things You Need to Know

Torn between diamond vs gemstone engagement rings? We’re breaking down our favorite reasons to take the plunge and invest in a colorful precious gemstone ring for your bride or groom-to-be. 

Gemstone engagement rings

Picking an engagement ring is not a task done lightly. We understand the time and effort that goes into choosing and even creating the perfect ring for your partner. As far as engagement rings go, diamonds are usually the first choice given their sparkle, durability, and brilliance.

On the other hand, Gemstones make for equally stunning center stones on engagement rings of all styles and settings. 

Gemstone engagement rings aren’t a new trend. We’ve seen for centuries the most glamorous royals and celebrities styled in gemstone jewelry. Unlike diamonds, unique gemstone rings come in any color across the spectrum and add something special to the ring.

Gemstone engagement rings can add sentimental value to the ring and also allow you to show your partner how well you know them. Whether it’s gifting them with a center stone gem that is their favorite color or one that holds a certain meaning to them. And trust us, gemstones of all kinds are filled with beautiful symbolism and unique characteristics, just like your future fiancé. 

Take a walk with us as we explore the endless pros of getting a gemstone engagement ring.  

Popular Gemstone Engagement Ring Types 

The four most sought-after precious gemstones are diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. We’ll be taking a deep dive into the last three and explain why each of them have unique and worthwhile features that match the value of a diamond centerpiece. 

Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings

Not sure if you’re into sapphires yet? Let’s count the many ways these precious gemstones will take your engagement ring to the next level.

Sapphires don’t just come in popular blue tones but can occur in nature from pink to violet. In fact, you can find any fancy sapphire and pick your favorite color from the rainbow. Like fancy-shaped diamonds, you’ll also find that your gemstone center stone can be cut to your desired shape. 

These gems are also incredibly tough and durable. On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, sapphires score a 9 out of 10. That means that the only material strong enough to scratch them is a diamond. When you aren’t considering how stunning they are, it’s good to know that your gemstone engagement ring also has endless durability.

Yellow Sapphire Engagement Rings

Replacing a diamond center stone for a sapphire could increase the sentimental value of the engagement ring for you and your partner. 

For example, we mentioned gemstone symbolism before, and it so happens that sapphires hold the perfect meaning for the start of a lifelong promise. Truth, peace, prosperity, and faithfulness are just some of the many special feelings this gemstone represents, making it quite fitting as an engagement ring choice. 

Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings

Let’s put a spotlight on one of our favorite romantic gemstones. Sapphires are rare but the rarest of all are pink sapphires, commonly found in Sri Lanka. These gemstones range from a pinkish-orange color to bright pink and can add the perfect touch to your engagement ring.  

Finally, if all the other impressive facts haven’t convinced you, we’ll play our final card. Did you know that sapphires are mystical gemstones that have the ability to change color throughout the day? 

Yes, you heard right. Blue sapphires can take on a more purplish hue under incandescent light at night time, making them all the more alluring and unique, like your love. 

Emerald Engagement Rings

When we think of emerald engagement rings, several A-list celebrities come to mind, from Jackie Kennedy to Halle Berry and the style icon that is Victoria Beckham. 

Their rings are among the most famous gemstone engagement rings and there are plenty of reasons why emerald center stones are unforgettable statement pieces. 

To begin with, high-quality emeralds are rarer than diamonds and have a lower density, making them appear larger than a diamond with the same carat weight. 

While emeralds are softer gemstones, they can still be cut and polished to your preferred shape. No matter what size and shape your emerald is, you can count on it to be vibrant and eye-catching.

Ruby Engagement Rings

Ruby engagement rings come in shades of red, starting from pinkish hues to blood-red colored gemstones. They’re just as strong as sapphires, registering as 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making them a resilient choice for center stones. 

Rubies often come flawed, and those that are without imperfections are known as, “Burmese Rubies.” Even though there is no perfect ruby it’s hardly cause for concern, as they are the boldest and most breathtaking gemstones, in our humble opinion. 

These unique gemstones symbolize richness, success, and romance, the perfect representation for an engagement ring. They pair well on three stone ring settings and shine brighter when they have diamonds alongside them. 

Key Takeaways

Gemstone engagement rings are always there as an option and a colorful alternative to a diamond engagement ring. So, talk to your partner if choosing an engagement ring together is an option. 

At James Allen, we love the idea of customizing your glow, so take a peek into our ring studio or customer-inspired engagement ring designs and find out which gemstone engagement ring is the one for you. 

For any and all questions about the ring of your dreams, feel free to contact our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts who are here for you 24/7. 

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Jessica Thomas

Jessica is a seasoned content writer with four years of experience and a qualified gemologist. She enjoys educating new shoppers on the best practices for buying jewelry.

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