by Danielle Andrews Sunkel
With the engagement of His Royal Highness Prince William to Kate Middleton, using his mother's sapphire engagement ring, jewellers are preparing for a new surge in the popularity of coloured gems as engagement rings.
The resurgance of coloured gemstone engagement rings didn't start with Prince William, but it is sure to help. In 2009 Carrie Underwood was proposed to with a yellow diamond and Nick Cannon proposed to Mariah Carey in 2008 with a $2.5 million pink diamond ring. My own cousin proposed this year with a Jade ring.
Choosing a Stone
Diamonds naturally come in a rainbow of colors; yellow, orange, brown, green, aquamarine, black and even red. The rarity of their colour also comes with a matching pricetag, making them the most expensive gems. So why not look at a coloured gemstone instead?
Gemstones are usually millions of years old, and are believed to bring much beauty and power to the wearer, so choose wisely and then pick one that feels right.
You don't just have to choose the bride's favourite gemstone. Since gems all have meanings, why not choose a stone that is symbolic to the two of you? You could choose the birthstone of the month of your first meeting, first date, or first kiss. A dual birthstone engagement ring respresents both the bride and the groom. If you like a particular stone, it doesn't matter if the stone represents a certain month or not.
*A little $$ tip: the best deals for coloured gemstone engagement rings are found at the end of the month of that birthstone.
The meaning of various Gemstones
If you are considering a coloured gemstone, consider the meaning behind the stone when creating the ring. She will be wearing this ring for the rest of her life, why not make it special and full of meaning.
Of the precious stones: the classic Diamond symbolizes innocence and constancy; a Sapphire represents fidelity; an Emerald faith and hope; and a Ruby stimulates deep understanding and attainment of the heart's wishes.
Jade- the highest level of preciousness
Garnet- facilitates loyalty and commitment
Pearl- innocence, purity, clear vision and wisdom
Amethyst- spiritual contentment
Citrine- pure, brings happiness and laughter
Whatever ring you choose, with whatever gemstone, remember that the engagement ring symbolizes your love and a promise for the future, so your intentions are what makes it perfect.