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  • Colored Gemstones Are Taking Center Stage

     

     

    Don’t be like the rest of them darling.” - Coco Chanel. 

    In the wise words of Coco Chanel herself, being different and being daring is what gives life it’s luster. Although diamonds may be your best friend, colored gemstones are adding lots of sparkle when it comes to engagement rings, milestone jewelry and heirloom pieces. 

    Colored gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, colored diamonds and emeralds are some of the rarest and most precious stones to own. Check out this historic 6-carat Farness Blue Diamond to get an idea. 

    Today, Millennials are changing the engagement ring market quite a bit, as we are beginning to see a shift in engagement ring preferences. Although brilliant diamonds still reign supreme, more and more gemstone seekers are opting for colored stones and rings made out of unique materials. 

    A Bit of History

    Engagement rings originated in Rome and interestingly enough, did not originally include diamonds, but instead, colored gemstones. It wasn’t until the late 1940’s that diamonds gained popularity. As a matter of fact, pastel colored diamonds are quickly gaining popularity this year. Check out our Latest Trends for 2021 to learn more. 

    The Sapphire

    When it comes to adding color to your jewelry ensemble, there’s more that meets the eye than hue alone. Take Sapphires for example. Arguably, the gemstone of royalty, and often associated with a deep blue color, hello Kate Middleton, Sapphires actually come in every color, with the exception of red. Due to their hardness, sapphires are the second hardest (non-diamond) gem, as well as the most sought after. Their deep rich color and complex properties make them an excellent choice when it comes to creating an engagement ring, milestone gift, or simply as a way to say I love you to your Valentine. Check out this ocean blue Sapphire ring for inspiration.

     

    Emeralds

    It may not be easy being green, but if you’re an emerald, it sure is beautiful. Understood to be Cleopatra’s gem of choice, Emerald gemstones range in green shades from light to a deep dark color. Like Sapphire’s, Emeralds have a hardness of 8, though do require a little extra TLC. Their unique inclusions and fractures require a routine tune up of oil and filler, but their stunning color makes it all worth it. Check out this stunning Oval Emerald Engagement Ring with a Diamond Halo.

     

    Rubies

    A gemstone by any other name, wouldn’t look so sweet. It may come as no surprise the rubies are often associated with love and the heart, which make this gemstone the most universally romantic. When set in an engagement ring, it makes a striking statement. Like a Sapphire, it’s hardness and durability make it a great choice for an engagement ring setting.  According to GemSociety, “Pigeon blood red,” a slightly purplish red with a medium-dark tone and vivid saturation, is the most sought after ruby color. Check out this incredible Art Deco Ruby Ring or these Ruby Earrings with a Diamond Halo

     

    Colored Diamonds

    Did you know Roughly 1 in 10,000 diamonds exhibits natural color? Those with the most intense colors are prized more highly and, thus, cost more. Colored diamond options include bold canary yellow, sparkling pink, pastel green, eye-catching black, and champagne. Pink diamonds rank among the most expensive according to Gem Society due to their muted, yet sophisticated color. Perhaps this Yellow Oval Diamond Ring will make your heart beat a little faster. 

    Looking to give someone you love the gift of a lifetime? Book a no stress appointment today. We look forward to helping you create a one-of-a-kind piece. 

    Merci,

    Set F.

    Founder of La Bijouterie

  • Engagement Ring Trends for 2021

    A new year is on the horizon and after all that 2020 brought to the table, we’re ready for a fresh start. If your upcoming year will include a proposal, keep reading because we have the scoop on the hottest bling for 2021. Now doesn’t that have a nice “ring” to it? 

     

    The New Halo

    Beyonce said it best, you’ll be “Standing in the light of your halo” with this new take on an updated favorite.

    The Retro Halo

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    The Floral Halo

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    The Alternating Color Halo

    Featured: 4-carat pear shaped diamond with pink diamond halo

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    The Colored Stone with Halo

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    Featured: A Ruby set in white gold, with emerald diamond halo.



    Pretty in Pastel

    Speaking of different colored stones, pastel colored diamonds are giving us all the feels. They’re muted, yet sophisticated. Check out this upcoming trend below.

     

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    Geometric & Offset Diamonds

    If colorful diamonds aren’t your cup of tea, but you’re still looking for something uniquely you, perhaps thinking outside the typical setting is more your style. 

     

    The Offset Round Brilliant Trio

     

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    The 4-Corners Round 

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    The Offset Oval

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    The Trillion

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    The Classics

    Let’s be honest, no trending engagement ring list would be complete without the tried and true selection customer favorites that have a way of always staying in style. Which classic solitaire makes your heart beat a little faster?

     

    The Round Brilliant

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    The Emerald Cut

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    The Cushion Cut

     

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    The Oval

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    If you’d love to learn more about any of our featured designs, visit our website to book a no stress appointment. They can be in person, over the phone or via zoom! We look forward to serving you soon.

     

    ~ LB