Diamond rings set with gemstones are versatile pieces of jewelry. The gemstone can be a birthstone, it can mark a significant event or it can be fashionable, or any combination of these. Indeed birthstone rings set with diamonds are very popular as significant gifts for a special lady in your life.
Gemstones can be precious, such as diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire, or semi-precious, which pretty much accounts for everything else. And they come in a myriad of colors too.
Some, such as peridot Tuerkis gemstones, are idiochromatic. This means that their color arises from an intrinsic ingredient of the gemstone. Because the mineral or element responsible for producing the color is always integral to the structure of the gemstone crystal, such gemstones are “self colored” and they are always the same color.
Others, such as tourmaline, sapphire and topaz gemstones, are allochromatic. This means that their color comes from a small amount of trace element impurity which may be present in different qualities, absent or replaced by something else in different gemstone crystals. Because the coloring element within the gemstone varies, the birthstone gemstones range in color. Tourmaline, an October gemstone, can exhibit so many different colors that it is also known as the Rainbow Gemstone.
The glorious array of colored gemstones makes them highly desirable and they add a sensational splash of color when set with diamonds in a gemstone engagement ring. And whilst it is increasingly popular to choose your birthstone or zodiac gemstone to liven up an otherwise white diamond ring, there is nothing to say that you must choose to set your own birthstone into your engagement ring!
For example, peridot is the birthstone for August, and also the zodiac stone for Libra, and the sixteenth wedding anniversary gemstone. Amethyst is February’s birthstone, Pisces’ zodiac stone and the gemstone for both the sixth and the seventeenth wedding anniversaries! Yet both of these gemstones are hugely popular as accompaniments to diamonds for no other reason than they are stunningly gorgeous! They can even be set solo in solitaires for an unusual engagement ring.
Gemstone diamond rings also make sensational Right Hand Rings. The colored gemstones can be used as accents, or as central stones to accenting diamonds, in traditional styled cluster rings, trilogy rings and other styles. However it is essential that proper care is taken when cleaning the combinations of hard diamond and softer, porous gemstones, such as opals and peridots. Cleaning must always reflect the tolerances of the softer gemstone or the ring will become damaged.