The Big Rock
What comes to mind when you think about an engagement ring? Among the most common answers would be “The Big Rock”: a diamond that glistens and shines from every angle. But maybe you’re looking for something a bit more unique: a style that lets you stand out from the rest and show off your love. If that’s the case, the perfect alteration for you is to customize your gemstone engagement ring.
This idea isn’t entirely new; it’s just a very different decision than what has become tradition. We recently had the pleasure of creating an engagement ring that featured a bright red ruby instead of the classic diamond – and it’s a project that we’re beyond proud of and will enjoy looking back on for years. It started when a customer contacted us about an engagement ring for their partner. They loved roses and the original rose ring design that we had on display, it was just a matter of getting the details of the metal right. We worked together and decided the right metal was white gold with small rose gold roses and diamond ‘dew drops’ around the flowers. The last detail was just the center stone. Don’t get us wrong: a traditional diamond would fit perfectly and look excellent, however, this project needed a truly unique finish. We selected a beautiful red ruby to match the theme of roses – and our customer could not have been happier with the outcome. Ruby is a relatively durable gem, so we knew it would be safe in an engagement ring that is set to be worn every day. Needless to say, our customer was ecstatic with the outcome.
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Pretty neat design, isn’t it? If this story tickles your fancy, there are a few other things you should know before you jump into transforming any gemstone ring into your engagement ring. First, and maybe most importantly, is that you understand gemstone durability. You’ll probably want to wear your engagement ring daily, and one of the best stones for facing the daily grind is a diamond because it’s the toughest out there. Other gemstones, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and others like them, just don’t compare. As our diamond expert puts it: on a “toughness” scale of 1 to 10, diamonds are your 10 – and the difference between 1 and 9 is smaller than the difference between 9 and 10. A compromise you’ll have to make is the customized look for a little less stone resilience. All stones will also show wear and daily use – gemstones tend to display these imperfections more than diamonds. This isn’t to discourage you from trying out customization like this. Our designers are always looking forward to helping you design your own jewelry that is special and unique.
At the end of the day, the only person who can decide if a gemstone engagement ring is right for you – is you. Our goal is to help educate you on the topic and show you a whole new world of possibilities other than the standard and traditional. Hopefully, this information helps in your decision-making, or better yet, gets your creative gears turning so you can bring us a totally unique concept.