4 Precious Stones that are just as Pretty as Diamonds Print This Post

December 13, 2014 | By | Reply More

While a diamond is a girl’s best friend, it can be pretty expensive to acquire one. However, while diamonds are largely marketed as the perfect stones for any girl, there are plenty of other precious stones that you can choose from too.

These stones are not rare in the market at all; they are just so overshadowed by the huge marketing campaigns promoting diamonds that it can be difficult to keep them in mind when you are looking around for the perfect stone.

The following are 4 precious gemstones that are just as pretty as diamonds, and can add an extra flair to any jewelry piece they are set in.

Emeralds

1 Carat Art Deco Emerald Engagement Ring, 14K White Gold

1 Carat Art Deco Emerald Engagement Ring, 14K White Gold

Often considered to be more valued than diamonds, emeralds are green in color, ranging from a slight tinge to a deep, grass green or bluish green. However, the most common color for an emerald to have is a bright, green, which changes color in different lights.

When compared with a diamond, emeralds are rather brittle, which makes them harder to cut. Nonetheless, for people who like their jewelry to reflect a bit of their personality, emeralds are a good choice as the green color of the stones promotes higher thinking and increases presence of mind.

Rubies

Ruby Gemstone Solitaire Ring in 14K White Gold

Ruby Gemstone Solitaire Ring in 14K White Gold

Another stone with a unique color, rubies are in a class of their own. Ranging from slight pink to a deep red, rubies can be easily found for anyone based on their color preference. However, deep red or blood red ruby is the common color that is sought after by all its buyers.

When compared to diamonds, rubies are just as hardy and durable, and proper cutting and finishing can give these stones an amazing luster that can draw every eye to it. The red color of the ruby makes it appear fiery and feisty and many people associate it as a symbol of love as well.

Sapphires

Sapphire and Diamond Ring 10K White Gold

Sapphire and Diamond Ring 10K White Gold

Bright blue and sparkling, sapphires are pretty, light precious stones for people who do not prefer the intense deep hues of the ruby or the calming green shades of the emerald. Sapphires can be found in various different tones ranging from a washed out blue to a deeper, bright blue.

Compared with a diamond, the surface and texture of the sapphire is durable and resembles rubies in many ways. Among sapphires, it is also not uncommon to find other colors like pink, yellow or even white, but they are classed differently as fancy sapphires. A blue sapphire is considered as the ‘pure’ form of a sapphire.

Amethysts

Not only are they among the most striking stones because of their purple hues, amethysts are as popular as rubies. They are largely available in various shades of purple, ranging from a light lilac to a deep, dark, royal purple shade. Amethysts are valued as the purple color is akin to royalty and seductiveness.

Cushion Cut Amethyst and Diamond Ring, 14K White Gold

Cushion Cut Amethyst and Diamond Ring, 14K White Gold

In comparison with diamonds, they are also hardy and durable. However, flaws in the stones are more easily dismissed since their presence does not remove the beauty of the stone. In fact, certain amethysts, with clouded centers, might even be more sought after since the cloudiness intensifies the color.

 

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