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Engagement rings mark such a special time in a woman's life. Today, the style options are incredibly varied; the most unique and most beautiful designs feature gorgeous, vibrant colored gemstones. With that in mind, Ross-Simons Jewelers is showcasing its coveted "Gemstone Engagement Ring Collection." And while diamond engagement rings are traditional, precious gems such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds, amethysts, aquamarines, morganites and black diamonds are emerging as fashionable choices.
"A gemstone engagement ring reflects one of the most exciting new trends in jewelry today," explains Darrell Ross, president/CEO of Ross-Simons. "It's a very modern approach to bridal jewelry, with tremendous color, size and design options. Best of all, gemstone engagement rings are truly affordable. Clearly, you can have it all."
From the red carpet to the Royal Family, gemstone engagement rings are making a huge impact. (And, in this case, bigger is better!) The jewel tone color spectrum reflects a rainbow of dazzling hues. Here, from Ross-Simons, are the stones that are most engaging:
Brilliant Blue: Is there anything more beautiful than a midnight blue sapphire surrounded by glittering diamonds? The most popular of all engagement stones, the sapphire engagement ring soared to new heights when Princess Kate was given Princess Diana's 18 carat sapphire ring. For those us who might not need a ring quite that large, practical (but still impressive) options include a classic three stone ring with an oval sapphire placed between two round diamonds; a rectangular sapphire with diamonds on either side; an oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds in a bold geometric design. Feeling blue has never been this much fun!
The Color Purple: The vivid violet amethyst is a rising star in the jewelry world. And while a 4 carat amethyst ring may look like it cost an absolute fortune, the reality is that this breathtaking piece can be found at an affordable price! Dare to be different with a three-stone amethyst engagement ring; one large oval amethyst flanked by two smaller ones, enhanced by twinkling diamond accents.
Amazing Aquamarine: A cross between a bright green and shimmering pale blue, the aquamarine stone casts a magnificent shine. What's most appealing: it looks different from every angle. Both white and yellow gold complement the stone perfectly. Sometimes simplicity is the best way to go: opt for an engagement ring with an oval aquamarine or a cluster of diamonds on each side. Simply stunning.
In the Pink: With its pale blush coloring, morganite is one of the rarest - and certainly one of the prettiest -- stones of all. Ranging in shades from peach to pink, morganite engagement rings have an almost ethereal feel, delicate and decidedly feminine. Surround a rectangular morganite gem with double frames of diamonds and the result is just breathtaking. Or select a pear-shaped stone edged with a thin band of diamonds. Traditional in design, but totally unique in every other way.
Seeing Red: Ruby engagement rings make a very dramatic fashion statement. This intensely colored stone sparkles and shines with rich overtones. Fashion-forward styles run the gamut from an oval solitaire with diamonds on each side to a cushion-cut ruby framed with diamonds to squares of rubies bordered with glittering round diamonds.
Green with Envy: The appeal of emeralds is at an all-time high. The striking green gemstone, associated with the lush imagery of nature, looks particularly alluring when worn as an engagement ring. Consider a three stone ring featuring an oval emerald in the middle and diamonds on either side. Understated but so very elegant.
Black Magic: Bewitching black diamonds set the tone for sophisticated elegance - at price points that are really incredible. Just imagine a three carat diamond ring for under $1000! These gems pair beautifully with diamonds and white gold for an updated version of the classic "black and white" color scheme. Try a 3.00 carat solitaire black diamond engagement ring in a high prong setting. It's absolutely dazzling. Or opt for a round black diamond with a circle of white diamonds around. Black diamonds are as unique as they are enchanting.
CZ Chic: The sky is the limit when choosing a cubic zirconia engagement ring. Think big, bold and beautiful. CZ engagement rings offer the most versatility in design and style options, with a huge dose of practicality. The bottom line: these extraordinary rings are available for only a fraction of the cost of traditional engagement rings. Elegant "asscher-cut" rings are all the rage in celebrity circles these days; a square 2.5 carat design shows off the unusual cropped corners. Better yet, why not indulge in a 5 carat oval stone with a halo of round diamonds in polished 14kt white gold? Subtlety is so overrated.
Unique, high quality gemstone rings can be found at amazingly affordable price points. A few extraordinary options:
Browse Ross-Simons' remarkable selection of gemstone engagement rings at http://www.ross-simons.com/jewelry/rings/gemstone-engagement-rings/navigate.jsp. For additional jewelry and gifts, all priced at up to 75% below regular retail prices, please visit the Ross-Simons website. And to discover the very latest style tips, trend news, fashion blogs, sweepstakes, and exclusive promotions, be sure to check out Inside the Jewelry Box.
As America's favorite jeweler for over 60 years, Ross-Simons has provided exceptional service and delivered fabulous jewelry to over 4 million satisfied customers. With designer jewelry collections and couture straight from the runway, Ross-Simons has dazzled generations of families with its amazing selection and great prices.