Gemstone Engagement Rings

Design Idea A514 Ring

by Lisa Coen, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Long before Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother's famous sapphire engagement ring, women were receiving engagement rings featuring gemstones other than diamonds. Notably, Jackie Kennedy received an emerald and diamond ring from John F. Kennedy. The "original" Fergie, Sarah Ferguson, received a ruby and diamond ring from Prince Andrew.

Gemstone Engagement Rings Diamond engagement rings are a tradition that became popular in the early 20th century, perhaps influenced by a De Beers Diamond Company marketing campaign and by Hollywood actresses who were encouraged to wear diamonds. The majority of brides-to-be today wear diamond engagement rings--many worth thousands of dollars. However, today's economy, and perhaps the fear of unknowingly acquiring a conflict diamond, has forced many couples to re-think the standard. Besides, who says an engagement has to be symbolized by a diamond?

An engagement ring should have special meaning attached to it, and that sentiment doesn't have to cost two months' salary--which, based on the 2009 U.S. Census average would be somewhere around $4,000. I personally received an engagement ring purchased from a jewelry vendor in Waikiki's International Marketplace. The etched sterling silver band may not be an iconic diamond, yet it represents the day my fiancé spontaneously proposed to me on stage at a Hawaiian luau--priceless.

Couples can use their imagination and creativity to design a one-of-a-kind engagement ring that represents something personal and meaningful. It may help to know that you can create your own ring using a precious metal setting and a natural gemstone at a mere fraction of the cost of a diamond ring. Faceted gemstones are available in the same cuts as diamonds: round, emerald, pear shape, marquise and more--not to mention various carat sizes. Gemstone Engagement Rings

A great idea for an engagement ring is to show off your birthstone or the birthstone of your fiancé or another special person. With multi-stone settings, you can even incorporate different gemstones into one ring and feature multiple birthstones. Maybe you'd like to incorporate a certain gemstone due to its metaphysical significance. Or, perhaps you simply love the color purple and you'd like a ring featuring a faceted amethyst.

It's a great time for jewelry artists to take advantage of the new trend towards economizing and personalization to create a new line of gemstone engagement rings to offer customers. Armed with a supply of ring settings and a selection of faceted gemstones, creating personalized engagement rings is literally a snap.

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