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  1. All About Gemstone Engagement Rings

    Behind traditional diamond engagement rings, and behind fancy colored diamond engagement rings, you will find colorful, gorgeous, and unique gemstone engagement rings that are gaining popularity and are ready to share the stage among choices for today's brides!

    In this post we look into whether a gemstone center stone is a good choice for your engagement ring, as well as the history, psychology, and colors of these stunning gems.

    Is a gemstone engagement ring right for you?

    For the woman who loves color or loves specific gemstones for their history and folklore, a gemstone engagement ring might be the right choice. Often a more budget-friendly option, gemstones can represent birthstones, the month you met or got engaged, or simply tie in your favorite color into your engagement ring. One of the 'precious four' of all gemstones, emeralds are a popular choice for brides considering a gemstone engagement ring.

    Worth considering: a fancy colored diamond engagement ring

    If you want a diamond engagement ring but are also looking for details to up the personality of your ring, a fancy colored diamond might be right for you. Naturally appearing in nearly every color of the rainbow, fancy color diamonds offer rich, sophisticated colors to engagement rings, while still providing the sentiment, durability, and sparkle we love about diamonds.

    There's more to color than meets the eye

    The impact of colors on psychology is an area of study that is closely linked to the impact of colors on human emotions. Colors are used effectively in everything from branding to controlling public behavior. The psychological power behind colors is fascinating. A colored gemstone has hidden meaning and also hidden influence on the psychology of the wearer and viewer alike. For example, black is associated with power and mystery, red is bold and confident, blue is dependable and trustworthy, yellow is happy, and gray is subtle. It's worth examining how each color makes you feel to make sure you are eliciting the right feelings with your gemstone engagement ring.

    Some of the most popular gemstones for gemstone engagement rings


    Emeralds are among the rarest of all gemstones. An emerald is even harder to find than a diamond! This gemstone comes in a range of color from faint, opaque green to deep green. The deeper the green, the more valuable the emerald.

    Unlike diamonds—imperfections in emeralds can improve the stone’s value. Emeralds contain internal fractures called inclusions, which create an appealing pattern that generally increases the stone’s value instead of detracting from it! Emeralds are larger than diamonds. Compared carat to carat, a 1ct emerald is larger than a 1ct diamond, due to the emerald’s less dense composition. But unlike diamond clarity, which must be evaluated at 10x magnification, an emerald’s clarity can be evaluated with the naked eye.

    Emeralds are an ancient symbol of eternal youth— so much so that mummies in Ancient Egypt were often buried with an emerald around their neck, as they believe the gemstone was a symbol of eternal youth. In ancient times, emeralds were believed to posses mystical power that could give the wearer the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It was also believed that emeralds would protect the wearer against evil and even cure diseases like malaria and cholera.



    A popular choice for gemstone engagement rings, sapphire is also the birthstone for those born in the month of September and a traditional anniversary gift for four wedding anniversaries.

    Popular since the Middle Ages, the sapphire is a classic favorite of royalty, clergy, celebrities and fine jewelry collectors. People have prized sapphires for their celestial blues and violets. Did you know you can actually find the beautiful September birthstone in any color, except red? Medium to medium-dark blue hues are the most coveted.
    Some of the most famous blue sapphire engagement rings have been worn by Mary-Kate Olsen, Emma Slater, Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton.


    Rubies are red and luscious, alive and mysterious. A stunning choice for an engagement ring, this gemstone is also the birthstone for those born in the month of July.

    From their deep color comes the associations and symbolism associated with this gem. Rubies represent power and love. They also represent passion and energy. According to Bishop Marbodius from the eleventh century, "Ruby is the solitary and glowing eye which dragons and wyverns carry in the middle of their foreheads."

    Rubies are a variety of the mineral called corundum and the line between pink sapphires and rubies is based on color rather than composition. Rubies have a Trigonal structure and the chemical name is Aluminum oxide. The hardness of a ruby is a 9. Rubies can be cut into a variety of different shapes, but brilliant cut and cabochon, also known as star rubies, are two of the most prized cuts for this fabulous, rare stone.


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  2. Engagement Ring Gemstones from GDS in Clearwater

    Engagement rings today can be so much more than a traditional solitaire diamond. Here are a few fun fabulous alternatives to think about when choosing an the main gemstone for your engagement ring.

    Is a Sapphire Engagement Ring for Me?

    Blue as the ocean and just as alluring, a sapphire engagement ring is something a little different without being entirely "New". Princess Diana chose a sapphire engagement ring surrounded by a halo of diamonds. Her son, Prince William gave this same ring to his bride Kate because it was a favorite of his mothers. Sapphires are hard enough to withstand daily wear and tear and they wear beautifully. Sapphires also come is a variety of shapes and they tend to have good clarity.

    sapphire blue diamond ring 18k

    Colored Diamonds? Pink & Yellow Fancy Diamonds for an Engagement Ring?

    Striking out in style is easy with a Fancy Diamond engagement ring. These gemstones are as hard as clear diamonds but they also  have beautiful vivid color like no other gemstones. Yellow and pink diamonds are pricey but they are also a good investment because these rare stones keep going up in price. If the budget really isn't a primary concern, absolutely look at these amazing gemstones for your engagement ring; they are fabulous and you will fall in love.

    heart shaped yellow diamond engagement ring

    Alternative Engagement Ring Gemstones: Morganite and More

    Morganite is an amazing sister stone to sapphire. Morganite includes tantalizing stones in pink and purple and it is a hard stone that can withstand the daily wear of an engagement ring. Morganite actually captures the term "blushing bride" like no other.  Additional interesting stones to consider include emeralds and rubies. All of these stones come in a variety of cuts and they tend to have good clarity and luster which is important for an engagement ring.

    Cushion Cut Morganite and Round Brilliant Diamonds in Rose Gold>

    emerald with diamonds ring

    Come into GDS in Clearwater, Florida and let us help you find exactly the right engagement ring stone to fit you. There are so many unique and beautiful choices! Express yourself!



  3. New Fun Choices for Engagement Rings in Tampa

    Twenty years ago almost every engagement ring was a Solitaire Diamond. While a Solitaire is beautiful, today there are many new styles of engagement rings to choose from that let you express your individual love.

    Juleve Pink Sapphire Ring

    Colored Stones in an Engagement Ring

    Choosing a colored stone for the central stone in your engagement ring is one way to make your engagement unique and special. Yellow diamonds and other alternative stones such as Morganite and Sapphire are excellent choices for alternative stones. The main stone must be fairly hard to withstand the daily wear an engagement ring endures. Using a colored central stone allows you to bring your favorite color into the ring you will wear every day.

    yellow diamond ring GDS

    Alternative Styles Make Excellent Engagement Rings

    Maybe a ring that is clearly an engagement ring just isn't your thing or maybe you want one ring rather than an engagement ring and a wedding band. One of the new trends in engagement rings is to choose a ring that isn't clearly an engagement ring to everyone who looks at it. For some couples an alternative style is exactly what they are looking for. An engagement ring is really a special symbol of two people's love, of what they mean to each other. This individual expression and meaning is one reason alternative styles are becoming increasingly popular in engagement rings.

    yellow diamond heart shaped ring

    Mixed Materials for Engagement Rings

    Mixing materials such as rose gold with white gold is another way to give an engagement ring a unique look. Mixing materials is vibrant and fun. Wake up the inner creativity in your soul with a ring that uses unique materials. Wedding bands today include rings made from titanium and even wood. Inset stones can further enhance unique the use of unique materials in wedding bands.

    Three stone diamond halo engagement ring side view

    GDS in Tampa loves the new vibrance and expressive quality of alternative engagement ring styles. Today you can find a ring that is exactly right for you.

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