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If you are soon to be getting engaged and you are not planning to design the ring, this is something you should seriously consider changing. Having the ring custom made by a skilled jeweller is no more expensive than acquiring an existing ring, plus you have the chance to create something truly unique to represent your relationship.
Here are a few centre stone gemstone ideas to give you some inspiration.
- Alexandrite – This extremely rare gem offers a unique colour changing property, with a green colour in daylight, which miraculously turns into red when the light fades. This top-grade stone is both a rare and collectable piece, making for a very good long-term investment. You could, for example, create a cluster of rubies and sapphires, keeping in line with the central stone, or you could opt for a row of pink diamonds that surround the central stone.
- Emerald – This was the stone of choice for Cleopatra and the stunning green colour makes for an ideal central feature, and with a hardness of 8, the stone is suitable for daily wear. You can choose from a wide range of green shades and with red rubies in a cluster, the centre stone will be highlighted. Once you have made up your mind that you are going to have the ring customised, find a gem dealer where you can also buy loose emerald gemstone to source all the elements of the ring and design and make it for you.
- Sapphire – This gorgeous blue gemstone makes for a great alternative to the traditional diamond, and with Princess Diana choosing a stunning sapphire for her engagement ring, you could surround the stone with pink Argyle diamonds, which is a great colour combination.
- Diamond – If you approach a top-notch custom jeweller such as Certified Diamond Network in Sydney, Australia, they can source a high-quality diamond for the centre stone, while also helping you design the rest of the ring. If you are thinking about having a traditional diamond engagement ring, search online for a diamond merchant who sells loose stones, which is the cheapest way to acquire good quality diamonds. By doing a bit of research on the global diamond grading system, you can make an informed decision.
- Amethyst – This alluring stone makes for an ideal central feature on an engagement ring, with shades ranging from light lavender to deep purple and everything in between. Amethyst has a hardness of 7, which is considered ample for durability. Cluster stones could include sapphires or yellow diamonds, both of which give the centre stone some balance.
By sourcing a diamond merchant, you will have access to top-quality loose stones in all of the above categories, plus the jeweller is a skilled designer and can help you create a unique ring that best reflects your undying love for each other. The great thing about having the ring custom made is that it is no more expensive than buying an existing ring, plus if you have a hand in the design, you can be sure it really is a one of a kind.