Colorful Engagement Rings are Center Stage

August 13th, 2011 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG

1.24 ct. Ruby Engagement Ring

Celebrity brides are becoming known by their engagement ring choices, and the colored gemstone ring is very much in the limelight. Princess Kate, in the wedding of the decade, wore “The Ring“, her famous heirloom sapphire and diamond ring, Penelope Cruz is setting style with her sapphire and diamond ring, and Jessica Simpson is stunning in her gorgeous ruby and diamond ring.

There is no question that the colored gem engagement ring makes a statement of style and individuality, but there are other compelling reasons to make this your choice, including beauty, rarity, durability, and of course, affordability.

Compared to diamond, a truly beautiful colored center stone is well within reach of most couples. This wonderful 1.24 ct. natural unheated ruby appears in size like a one carat diamond, yet its price is much less than half that of the diamond.  The price of a better (not best) quality GIA certified one carat round diamond, say SI1 H color, is about $7000 just for the diamond.  The total price of our 14K ring including 1.24 ct. ruby, and .39 ct VS-SI near colorless diamonds, $2450!

1.34 ct. Blue Sapphire

How about this ring centered around a bright blue sapphire from Tanzania, set in 14k white gold with diamonds for only $2750?

2.11 Ct. Pink Sapphire

Our lovely hot pink sapphire from Sri Lanka, in the popular cushion cut, also just $2750!

All sapphires and ruby and many other gems are super durable and will provide a lifetime of sparkle and color.

.70 ct. natural Alexandrite

A more unusual choice, this exotic natural alexandrite, famous for its color change, will flash reddish purple in candlelight, blue green in daylight. This ultra rare gem of fine quality set in 18k white gold with diamonds is $5495, still much less than our one carat example

2.74 ct. Spessartine Garnet

For a really unique look, this bright spessartine garnet from Africa is oh so different, simply dazzling and passionate in its color. In 14k white gold, haloed with .46 ct. of diamonds, for just $2250!

You can tour our Gallery of Gems to see a rainbow of gemstones perfect for the engagement ring– for cool green, a fabulous emerald,  I-16148, sizzling red, a rich natural spinel, I-15227, sunset pink, a rare padparadsha sapphire, I-9149, or royal purple,  a fancy sapphire from Madagascar, I-488. All are premium heirloom quality gems, yet all are priced less than our one carat diamond example.

In addition to the Gallery, you can take advantage of our professional gem brokering service. We’ll search the gem world to provide you with exactly what you want at great savings over normal retail prices.

Our professional gemologists will be happy to advise and help you select a gem you’ll love and that will surprise and delight you and your friends and family. We’re open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm.  You can call us at (951) 682-2325 or contact us at

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