A Benitoite Engagement Ring to Talk About

June 9th, 2012 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG

Today, more and more brides are choosing colored gems for their wedding jewelry, a trend we love and appreciate. We just made this sweet white gold engagement ring, set with diamonds and an absolutely beautiful Benitoite.

Our couple, both from Great Britain, chose Benitoite because of it’s beautiful fire and color and because it’s the state gem of California, their adopted home. Benitoite, discovered in 1907 near the headwaters of the San Benito River in Central California, is one of the rarest of all gems.

Young science professionals at our local University of California at Riverside campus, they were on a tight budget, but we were able to locate and show them this group of rare Benitoites that fit their needs perfectly. Notice how the intense blue of Benitoite is accented with rainbow flashes of color– this is the fire for which Benitoite is famous.

The bride’s choice was not the largest stone but definitely the most beautiful, a decision we heartily applauded. Can you guess which one? answer at bottom

The custom ring design is simple and classic and the bezel setting will protect the delicate beauty of the Benitoite. Not only will this bride have a one-of-kind ring that was made just for her, she will have a story to tell–“No, it’s not a sapphire, it’s better!”

If you’re dreaming of something truly special, browse our website and give us a call or email. Better yet, visit our shop at the historic Mission Inn, located on the new and modern Downtown Riverside mall. We create beautiful unique jewelry everyday- it’s what we do.

Answer- .36 ct.



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