Trend Alert! Ditching the Traditional White Diamond
— By Felicity Newburry
12 January 2016
The conventions of modern marriage are rapidly changing. Today, we see coloured wedding gowns on brides and ceremonies being completely restructured to suit the modern couple, along with many other marvelous reformations of aged traditions. The focus on “out with the old and in with the new” is also bringing us a bold and challenging new emergence - wedding bands and engagement rings without the traditional white diamond. If you’re thinking of tossing your diamond-studded ideas to the wind, then read on for some advice on what to look for and consider in your own unique sparkler!
Why Diamonds are "A Girl’s Best Friend”
Before cracking into diamond replacements, it’s important to note why they are the go-to stone. The reason diamonds have been the feature of many weddings and engagement rings for so long, is not necessarily because they’re the most expensive, sparkly, or sought after stone on the market. Rather it’s largely because they’re the hardest wearing gemstone known to man. Wedding and engagement rings, which are usually worn day in and day out, need to be made of tough stuff in order to last. Diamonds, unlike many other precious stones, don’t wear away very easily.
White is not the “be-all & end-all” of Diamonds
It’s a common misconception that diamonds only come in white white. Diamonds actually come in a variety of beautiful colours, from pink through to yellows and greens. Typically, a slight colouring detracts from the value of a diamond, due to total transparency being the ideal sought after in a diamond. This does not mean that they are any less beautiful or strong, however! If you open your mind to coloured diamonds, you will not only end up with a hardy, diamond ring, but also a wonderfully unique budget-saver!
The Black Diamond
Black diamonds are so different and bold in contrast to coloured diamonds that they really need a section of their own. Often seen in men’s rings, black diamonds are statement stones that sit strong and bold in a ring. They’re an excellent choice for a ring that is to be worn every day (they are still a hard-wearing stone), but also needs to be different. As there is no transparency in a black diamond however, it is important to make sure the stone is extensively facetted to catch light.
The sapphire is the next most reliable and durable stone after a diamond. They also sparkle, look incredible in any ring setting and can come in a number of unique shades. That’s right – sapphires don’t only come in blue. You can also come across beautiful yellow and purple sapphires as well!
After sapphires, the last stones to be considered are Morganite and Emerald – both members of the beryl gemstone family. Morganite is a wonderful peachy colour and emerald comes in shades of brilliant green. However, they are fractious stones, more so than sapphires and diamonds and as such, are not as hard wearing.
Whatever You Choose – Work it!
Just because you don’t want a diamond ring, doesn’t mean you can’t offset your unique coloured stone with diamonds. Diamonds are excellent at capturing light and if you have chosen a dark, cloudy or less facetted feature stone, then diamonds will work well as a companion stone. Remember, these don’t have to be white diamonds either, so long as they are transparent. You can also mix up your stones with colours that compliment the different shades. Get creative!
Beware of Bone or Pearl
Anything made by a living organism, such as pearls or bone will wear very easily in settings worn everyday. Though pearl rings look stunning, they are best only worn as special occasion jewelry. Their softness will eventually be the end of them otherwise. The same goes for the inclusion of bone.