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Jackie Kennedy’s was green. Jessica Simpson’s is red.  And the most famous gemstone engagement ring of them all, worn by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, is blue. Middleton’s ring, originally owned by Princess Diana, is an 18-carat sapphire beauty surrounded by diamonds. Whether it’s sapphires, emeralds, rubies, or one of many other choices, both the famous and the everyday bride are turning to these gemstones and others for engagement rings that express their forever love. The gemstone engagement ring is not a new trend. More than 200 years ago, in 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte gave his future empress, Joséphine, a sapphire and diamond toi et moi (“you and me”) ring for their engagement. Still, with celebrities and royalty recently sporting them, it seems to be a revived tradition that adds a pop of color and personality to traditional diamond engagement rings.

A Unique Departure From The Diamond Engagement Ring

If you’re hoping your sparkling engagement ring stands out from the traditional diamond ring, look no further than gemstones. Many brides use a gemstone in their favorite color or birthstone as a center diamond in a three-stone or solitaire engagement ring, where they can substitute a gemstone of their choice in place of the cubic zirconia sold with the ring. They take advantage of the fact that gemstones may be purchased for much less than the cost of a diamond and they are able to build an impressive larger-stoned ring that they love. Or, equally popular is the trend to utilize colored gemstones as accents perfectly placed on the engagement ring band as shown in these Kirk Kara designs. Gemstones come in an array of dazzling colors and each one presents its own character and style. Even within the gemstone type, there are many shades of color. For example, an amethyst ranges from a very light purple to a deep plum. Rubies may be a lighter pink or a deep ruby red. If you’re interested in a little variety for your engagement ring, talk to Ben Garelick’s jewelry experts about the gems that are best used for your purpose. For example, some gems, like an opal or pearl, are not appropriate for everyday wear due to their soft properties.

Choose Your Dream Ring At Ben Garelick

With the variety of the highest-quality, dazzling engagement rings to choose from, you are sure to find one that will make her dreams come true. Be sure to give our jewelry experts a call, text or chat and let them know what you are looking for. We’re committed to treating both our in-store and online customers like family and are happy to help you. Call (716) 631-1584 or text us at (716) 574-0966. Visit our Buffalo, New York, jewelry store and see the beautiful gemstones in person. Or, shop online and chat with our experts. Let’s begin the adventure of your new life with an adventurous gemstone engagement ring!