A delicate gold band, and a lovely round cut diamond in the middle. That simple design engaged couples for generations. That is, until the millennial generation came along. Always finding ways to take tradition and turn it just a bit sideways, it’s becoming more and more popular to choose colored gemstones instead of diamonds. It’s a dramatic new look, but it does come with some precautions.
While colored gemstones are striking, some are more fragile than others and are not suited to be worn every day. Over time, the clarity begins to drop, they become cloudy, and they lose their vibrant appearance.
Fortunately, there are options for stones that will stand up to daily wear and stand out in a crowd. Your first option is colored diamonds. Diamonds can come in canary yellow, pink and blue, and like traditional diamonds they don’t require any special care. The colors make a statement, and the durability means the statement will last for years.
If you’d still like to move away from the traditional diamond, your next best choice is a sapphire. Sapphires are almost as tough as diamonds. In fact, sapphires are so hard the only thing that can scratch them is a diamond. As the third hardest mineral on Earth, you can wear sapphires daily as long as you care for them properly.