Colored gemstone engagement rings have steadily been gaining in popularity among brides-to-be; not only for their vibrant colors and unique flair but for their affordability, too. And one of our favorites? Emeralds. Not to mention, myriad celebrities have jumped on the gemstone bandwagon (Kate Middleton being our forever prime example) with Halle Berry and Olivia Wilde on emerald train.
An emerald's deep green hue makes it instantly eye-catching, and, just like glimmering diamonds, options are limitless when it comes to settings, cuts and style. From oval to pear to cushion in platinum, white, yellow or rose gold, emeralds really pop! Vintage brides will be all over Edwardian and Art Deco-inspired variations set in yellow gold, while modern brides will enjoy platinum-set stones, surrounded by a diamond or pave band. If you’re weary about committing to an emerald center stone, we’re all for an emerald accent for just a touch of color—complimentary side stones, a halo or as part of a cluster. If you’re the sentimental type, emeralds are a striking way to commemorate a May birthstone.
If you do spring for an emerald solitaire or center stone, be aware: Not every jeweler is keen to create an emerald engagement ring as the gem is softer than most stones, making them more fragile to cut. As an alternative, you can always go for tsavorite or tourmaline to get your green color fix.
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