Hey, future brides and grooms looking for something a bit different! Whether you're searching for that perfect symbol of love or just want to explore the world of exquisite gemstones, we've got you covered with this deep dive into the enchanting world of emerald engagement rings. Now, you might be thinking we're talking about an emerald as in a shape, right? But not today (well, we will a little).
Today, we're going to chat about all the nitty-gritty details of emerald engagement rings as in the emerald gemstone. You know, that captivating birthstone for all May babies. That lush, green, utterly enchanting marvel of nature. We'll fill you in on the emerald's captivating history, unique characteristics, and what makes them the perfect choice for an engagement ring that stands out from the crowd with a pop of bright green color.
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A Touch of Green Magic
Let's start with a bit of history, shall we? Emeralds have been enchanting humans for centuries. With evidence dating back to at least 330 BC and ancient civilizations like the Incas and the Egyptians, emeralds have been used in everything from royal adornments to burial ceremonies. Many believe they are nearly 3 billion years in the making, even. Emeralds are also believed to hold mystical properties, symbolizing rebirth, fertility, and protection. To this day, they still hold that intrigue.
While natural emeralds are available and quite exceptional, today you can also purchase lab-grown emerald gemstones, which are the same material, only created by an intensive scientific process in a lab instead of being mined from the Earth. Lab-grown emeralds usually contain fewer inclusions (natural emeralds are known as one of the most included natural gemstones), and they can vary slightly in color, however, they are the same chemical composition and can be a more affordable option than natural emerald gemstones.
What Makes Emeralds Special
Just what the allure of emeralds is, always comes down to their green color. Part of the beryl family of gemstones (along with aquamarine, morganite, and others), emeralds get their lush green hue from chromium and vanadium impurities during their crystal growth. The vivid green color evokes feelings of nature, growth, and renewal – a perfect symbol for the journey of love.
Emerald engagement rings are more than just fancy gemstone jewelry; they're a statement of timeless elegance and a perfect choice for those who appreciate the extraordinary. With a rich history and a vibrant shade of green, emeralds are an unmatched symbol of love, promise, and a celebration of special occasions.
Choosing a High Quality Emerald Engagement Ring
Just like diamonds, emeralds have their own set of criteria. But it's not quite the 4Cs. As with any colored gemstone, the emphasis for an emerald is always going to be on its color, rather than, say, its clarity or cut. Here's a quick rundown:
Color: The Star of the Show
When it comes to emeralds, color is paramount. Look for a deep, vibrant green with a touch of blue. Too light, and it may lack intensity; too dark, and it might lose its sparkle. There are many different shades of green on the market, so ultimately you can choose what speaks to you.
Clarity: The Garden of Inclusions
Unlike diamonds, emeralds often have visible inclusions, fondly referred to as the "jardin" or "garden". These unique features are like nature's fingerprint, and a few inclusions are generally accepted, adding character to the stone. The fewer inclusions, the higher the price tag.
Treatments and Cautions: What You Need to Know
As you may hear in the media, many emeralds undergo treatments to enhance their color and clarity. Common treatments include oiling, which involves filling surface-reaching fractures with oil to improve clarity. While these treatments are widely accepted, it's crucial to know what you're buying and to pay appropriately. Always search for and shop with a reputable jeweler and be sure to ask about any treatments, and if possible, get a gemstone report for your emerald engagement ring.
Cut: The Art of Enhancing Beauty
Emeralds are typically cut in a rectangular or square shape to preserve carat weight (these shapes mimic the natural crystal structure of the emerald gemstone), protect the stone from damage due to its heavier inclusions, and highlight the rich color. The emerald cut for diamonds was named after how we cut emerald gems, in fact. You can find other shapes as well, including round, oval, pear and radiant cut emeralds, but no matter what the cut should always showcase the stone's green color.
Carat Weight: Size with Substance
While carat weight matters, the emphasis for an emerald is usually on color and clarity. A slightly smaller emerald with exceptional color can be more valuable than a larger one with inferior qualities. For your emerald engagement ring, look for a balance of your ideal qualities.
Heavy Metal: Choosing the Color of Your Emerald Engagement Ring
While you might have found the perfect green emerald, when it comes to shopping for your engagement ring, there are still plenty of decisions left to make. First of all, metal color. You'll want to choose a metal that works with your personal style and also complements the emerald itself, highlighting its brilliant hue. This is often why you'll see emeralds set into yellow gold, as the bright gold highlights and complements the green color of the gemstone. They can look just as stunning in classic white gold or platinum, however, if you prefer a more contemporary feel. If you are wearing an emerald engagement ring with a matching emerald wedding band, or looking for two rings that go well together, choosing complementary metals can help create a cohesive look.
Mix and match your emerald engagement ring with metals to create a fun and unique stack. For inspiration, you can see theEmerald Cut Emerald Translunar Ring with Tapered Baguette Diamond sides paired with yellow gold and emerald bands to create a cohesive design.
Emerald Engagement Ring Styles
There are plenty of enchanting styles of emerald engagement rings to choose from, no matter the shape of gemstone or metal color you prefer. You can go with something that's a simple, modern solitaire setting or enhance the allure of your emerald engagement ring with diamond accents. Whether delicately placed in a pave setting or framing the emerald in a dazzling halo, diamonds add that extra sparkle and brilliance that turns heads.
The most minimal ring we've ever designed — with two delicate bezel edges to protect your emerald center stone — theEast West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Marquise Cut Green Emerald is a totally modern look. First of all, an elongated emerald is flipped on its side instead of running parallel to your finger. Then it's set in a stunning half-bezel, which in this case is simple v-shaped walls over each point. This modern design allows you to admire the length and brilliant color of the stone and accentuates its beauty. It's a piece that will never go out of style, as it radiates elegance from day to night.
If you want a bit more classic engagement ring option, set your emerald in a ring with side stone diamonds. One super sophisticated option is the baguette side stone three-stone engagement ring. This one includes tapered baguettes on the ring shank shoulders for just a touch of classic brilliance that lets your emerald center stone shine. Or go for bold with larger trillion cut side stones instead. It's the perfect combo of curves and edge. We've also flipped the ever-popular script on our classic diamond Triad Ring by using an emerald center stone flanked by two just barely smaller diamonds, one on each side. It looks like a special occasion moment, but trust us, you'll wear it every day!
A unique take on the emerald gemstone, theEast West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Marquise Cut Green Emerald is bound to make heads turn no matter where you go.
The exquisite harmony of triangular diamonds intertwining with the elegance of an oval gem forms a unique fusion of curves and edges featured in ourOval Cut Emerald Three Stone Engagement Ring With Trilliant Cut Diamond Sides.
Say "I Do" to Emerald Elegance
An emerald engagement ring is not just a piece of jewelry; it's a representation of your love story, personality, and unique style. Whether you're drawn to a classic look, a modern moment, or something super bold, there's an emerald ring just waiting to be made a part of your special moment.
Explore, discover, and say "I do" to the enchanting world of emerald engagement rings and other gemstones. Shop now and let your love story sparkle in green brilliance.
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