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A century’s worth of proposals has trained us to expect (and hope for) the bright icy white, rainbow flash of a crystal clear diamond to pop the big question. In the more recent years, we’re seeing the itch for an alternative to eternal elegance- aren’t we all a little hot to trot, endlessly chasing trends, all while simultaneously trying to make it our own?
To be specific, not all gemstones are making the cut for a piece that can bear everyday wear. Precious and premium gemstones such as Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds (all three of which are a part of Victoria Beckham’s sought-after 15 engagement ring collection, more on that ahead) are the gemstone players you really want to keep your eyes, and hands on.
Here are 5 reasons why it’s time for you to make a jump on gems:
DIFFERENT THAN THE NORM
Let’s not get it twisted, Diamonds are still beyond exquisite and will forever hold a history of ultimate chicness. In the same breath, there’s something to be said about the cravings our society aches for when it comes to breaking away from tradition, trading in what’s expected for something bolder, individual and undeniably one-of-one.
COLOUR IS SO HOT RIGHT NOW
Trend reports are in for the summer, and while we may not be on board with the return of low-rise denim, we are embracing and warmly welcoming vivid pops of colour that are causing heads to turn and jaws to drop. Whether you’re in for a punchy, cornflower blue, Sri Lankan Sapphire, the striking and earthy glow of a Colombian Emerald, or the bold charm of a deep Burmese Ruby, choosing colour is defying expectations and boy oh boy, are we here for it.
THEY'RE INSANELY DURABLE
Any expert in the industry (👋🏼) will advocate for you to take consideration into caring for your fine jewellery pieces, as you should all precious items in your life. Unbeknownst to the newbies of the gemstone game, the durability of these precious stones is certainly present and accounted for. While diamonds hold a strong 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale (a scale of mineral hardness structured in a qualitative ordinal scale, from 1 to 10, characterising scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of harder material to scratch softer material.), Sapphires and Rubies measure at a 9, and Emeralds range between 7.8-8 on the scale. While the big three do deliver some strapping ratings next to Diamonds, they do all still require proper care. (For more on this, check out our Care & Maintenance blog post.)
ALL THE CELEBS ARE DOING IT
One of the most iconic pieces of jewellery, Sapphire or not, could arguably be chalked up to Katie Middleton’s 12-carat blue Sapphire engagement ring, which belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. In addition to the Duchess of Cambridge, the laundry list of Hollywood's most adored gemstone wearing A-listers continue with Victoria Beckham’s 15-carat cushion cut Emerald, followed by her two massive ovals, one blue Sapphire solitaire, and one Ruby with a diamond halo. Up next, we’re still drooling over Megan Fox’s toi et moi engagement ring from fiancé MGK, who dropped down on one knee with a juicy pear shaped Diamond and Emerald combo, estimated to be over 8-carats total. Alongside these insane coloured rocks, we’ve seen celebrities sporting gemstone rings for years from Halle Berry's square cut Emerald, to Penelope Cruz’s oval Sapphire, Jessica Simpsons’ Ruby, and Elizabeth Hurley with her memorable 9-carat blue Sapphire. We could go on, but you get the point.
DID WE MENTION THEY'RE SUPER RARE?
Colour is everything, the depth and richness of each stone and its vividness have such a monumental impact on their quality and therefore, rarity. The land to which each stone is mined has a different story, down to the mineral deposits of the earth and how those impact their colour makeup. The complexity of pigments range in hues that can change between lighting scenarios, each stone with their own glow, their own characteristics of a penetrative fluorescence that is unique in their radiance.
In many cases, some of the finest gems in the world like a true padparadscha Sapphire, a lively Colombian Emerald or an enchanting Burmese Ruby, can ring up a higher tab than a Diamond, and that’s all thanks to their luscious, sought after colour that we’re seeing in heavy, high and hot demand.
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