When talking about stone set rings, the conversation tends to be dominated by diamonds thanks to their ever-enduring popularity but are there more precious stones worth looking into for your jewellery making? With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the many alternatives which are catching the attention of customers. After all with such a vast rainbow of colours and varieties of semi-precious stones to choose from it seems criminal to focus on only one.
Cushion Cut Morganite Diamond Halo Cocktail Ring
The delicate peach/pink colour of the Morganite gemstone has become an attractive option for buyers largely thanks to its suitability to be perfectly paired with Rose Gold. Tonally, the two work extremely well together and create a beautiful, soft warmth which is so very complimentary to so many different skin tones. Being such a pretty stone, Morganite cries out to be cut into an equally pretty shape so you will often find it in soft cushion cuts like the one pictured or pears and ovals which gently enhance its subtle hue rather than dominate it. As a member of the Beryl family (similar to both Emerald and Aquamarine) Morganite measures 7.5 on Mohs scale of hardness so is perfectly tough enough to withstand the rigours of everyday life in a ring!
Oval Sapphire Halo Ring with Diamond Accents
The worldwide fascination with our British Royal family is a significant contributing factor to our next semi-precious stone of choice which is, of course the Blue Sapphire. Following the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton, the Sapphire (which featured in the engagement ring that also formerly belonged to Princess Diana) has been phenomenally popular with consumers wanting to mimic the same style. Cut in a classic oval and surrounded by diamonds, you will find a version of this ring design in almost every jewellery store far and wide to satisfy unwavering consumer demand.
Moissanite Platinum 2.3 Carat Solitaire Ring with Stone Set Shoulders
Consumers today are not always as willing to accept what has gone before and many are seeking new and more interesting options for their jewellery which is where Moissanite comes in. Boasting typically 2.5 times the fire of diamonds and measuring 9.25 on Mohs scale of hardness, (second only to diamond) Moissanite represents a viable alternative to diamonds that is durable, affordable, beautiful and ethical which are all important considerations for young buyers today. It is actually a naturally occurring mineral in its own right and in that sense is not a diamond imitation. It is made of silicon carbide which is extremely rare in occurrence so all of the examples available on the market are man-made, which of course by-passes many of the environmental and ethical issues associated with the process of mining for real stones. As a non-traditional option with so many fabulous attributes, Moissanite represents a huge area of growth for jewellery retailers whose customer is increasingly looking for something new.
Undoubtedly a subject we will return to due to in due course, stone set rings are becoming increasingly diverse, with high street retailers offering expanded and more interesting ranges day by day. If you crave something different rather than sticking to the traditional, now more than ever is the right time to discover something a little more exciting.