If the ring fits! Now that you've met your perfect match on the outside, it's time to delve beneath the surface to discover its true colors.
Shine bright like a...yellow diamond? That's right! Your guy knew that if he liked it he should put a colored ring on it and for very good reason. They're all the rage these days, after all. From Kate Middleton's to-die-for giant sapphire to the Simpson sisters' super unique ruby rings, gemstones in a rainbow of shades are quickly becoming a girl's best friend.
The classic white diamond, while beautiful, yes, isn't as uncommon as you may have once thought. Diamonds aren't actually rare and haven't been since the 1870s, when huge South African diamond mines were discovered, notes crystal intuitive Julie Abouzelof, owner of Moonrise Crystals. "The mines are owned by De Beers, who continues to monopolize the diamond trade today and can be credited for coming up with one of the most successful marketing schemes in history, 'Diamonds are Forever' and every bride needs one." But honestly, do they?
Many of the colored gemstones, including colored diamonds, are much more rare than white diamonds, believe it or not. And their meanings date back thousands of years, according to Abouzelof. "The oldest known reference to gemstone meanings can be found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead (1500 BCE). The ancient Egyptians were also responsible for the idea of wedding rings," she reveals. "They believed that the ring finger of the left hand had a special vein, which the Romans later dubbed the vein of love, running directly to the heart." Thus, when you choose a gemstone for your engagement or wedding ring, you're asking for certain energies to enter your life, and most importantly, your marriage.
So while you may have just loved the color blue at the time, turns out, that rock has a much deeper meaning, and by now you must be dying to discover it. Well, you're in luck because we've got you covered! Click through to find your particular colored engagement ring and see what it says about you and your relationship.Photo: Orchard Cove Photography Illustration by Christina Park