When you’ve envisioned how the love of your life will propose, did you picture looking down at your left hand to see a clear, princess-cut diamond set in platinum? No?! If traditional jewelry is a bore, you may want to incorporate a little color – and a lot of personality! – when it comes to your engagement ring. After all, you are going to wear it forever!
Celebrities Do It!
- Olivier Martinez proposed to Halle Berry with a diamond-and-emerald ring by Robert Mazlo.
- Carrie Underwood’s now-hubby Mike Fisher proposed with a huge yellow diamond.
- Sex and the City fans will remember when Big gave Carrie a totally unique black diamond at the end of the second movie.
- It was the engagement heard ‘round the world when Ben Affleck asked Jennifer Lopez to marry him, presenting her with a Harry Winston pink diamond.
- J.Lo had another colorful sparkler on her ring finger when she got engaged to Marc Anthony, who gave her a blue diamond.
- Colored engagement rings with gemstones are also par for the course in royal families. Princess Diana wore a blue sapphire, which is now on the ring finger of Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton. Sarah Ferguson wore a ruby engagement ring, too.
Which Hue Is Right For You???
It’s best to choose an engagement ring stone that fits in with your preferred fashion color palette. that way, you won’t clash your outfits with your ring. You don’t have to settle for just one shade, either. For example, if you love blue, a deep navy sapphire isn’t your only choice. You can also look at rings with baby blue diamonds or aquamarine gemstones.
Shades of Blue
- Blue Topaz: Pastel, dark blue or blue-green.
- Iolite: Violet-blue.
- Aquamarine: Pastel, deep blue or blue-green.
- Spinel: Gray-blue, green-blue or pastel.
- Chalcedony: Blues ranging from smoky to milky.
- Tanzanite: Violet-blue.
- Sapphire: Cornflower blue, green-blue or inky blue.
- Tourmaline: The indicolite variety can be inky blue or green-blue. The paraiba variety can be intense blue, violet-blue or green-blue.
- Diamonds come in all shades of blue!
Shades of Red
- Garnet: Almandine and rhodolite varieties range from violet to true red. Pyrope varieties are brown-red or true red. Spessartite varieties can be orange-red or brown-red.
- Rubellite: Red or violet-red.
- Spinel: Red or brown-red.
- Ruby: Blue-red or orange-red.
- Diamonds come in all shades of red!
Shades of Violet and Pink
- Rose Quartz: Shades range from pale to deep pink.
- Amethyst: Lilac, violet, red-purple or brown-purple.
- Kunzite: Shades ranges from pink-violet to red-violet.
- Rhodolite: Red-violet.
- Tourmaline: Pink tourmaline can be pink or rose. The paraiba violet can be violet or blue-violet.
- Morganite: Shades range from pink to orange-pink.
- Spinel: Shades range from gray-violet to true violet.
- Topaz: Pink.
- Sapphire: Shades range from purple to violet.
- Diamonds come in all shades of pink!
Shades of Green
- Peridot: Chartreuse.
- Sapphire: Yellow-green, blue-green or gray-green.
- Tourmaline comes in all shades of green!
- Garnet: The tsavorite variety is yellow-green or blue-green. The demantoid variety is yellow-green or emerald-green.
- Emerald: Shades range from yellow-green to blue-green.
- Alexandrite: This stone will look blueish or blue-green in daylight and violet-red in artificial light.
- Diamond: Blue-green, yellow-green or gray-green.
Shades of Yellow and Orange
- Citrine: Yellow to yellow-brown.
- Garnet: The grossularite variety is yellow, yellow-green or brown.
- Tourmaline: Orange-brown or yellow-orange.
- Beryl: Golden-yellow.
- Chrysoberyl: Yellow, yellow-green or yellow-brown.
- Spinel: Brown to orange.
- Topaz: Brown-orange, yellow-orange or pink-orange.
- Sapphire: Yellow.
- Diamonds: All shades of yellow; brown-orange.
Shades of Black and Brown
- Smoky Quartz: Shades of brown and gray.
- Spessartite: Brown-red.
- Spinel: Shades ranging from brown to orange.
- Diamond: Black.