Why Buy a Gemstone Engagement Ring?

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Popular Gemstone Engagement Rings

When you think about color gemstones, you might naturally think first about the precious gemstones: sapphires, rubies and emeralds. But there are also many, many semi-precious gemstones, valued for their rich variety of colors.

Here are a few examples:

  • Tanzanite, only discovered in 1967, is a rich blue-to-violet or purple gemstone that has become very popular.
  • Topaz, traditionally thought of as orange-brown, is colorless and transparent in its pure form, but is usually tinted by other substances that give it a range of color from the popular light blue to spectacular pink-red, purple, yellow or orange.
  • Alexandrite actually turns different colors in sunlight; under fluorescent light, it looks green; and under incandescent light, it looks red!
  • Cultured pearls come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes. Many women value pearls for their softness and femininity.

Check out more birthstones and other classic gemstones on the KAY Jewelers gemstone jewelry page.

Here are a few things to know about color gemstones:


It's typical for some natural gemstones to undergo some kind of "enhancement" process - often intense heating. These treatments make it possible for most people to own beautiful color gemstones.


If you're considering a color gemstone or cultured pearl as the center stone for an engagement ring or a ring you plan to wear every day, talk to your jeweler about whether the gem of your choice is practical. An engagement ring worn daily can endure a great deal of wear and tear, and some stones are softer and more vulnerable than others. If you choose a more delicate gemstone or cultured pearl for your engagement ring, talk to your jeweler about selecting a setting that will help protect it.

Lab-Created Gemstones

Lab-created stones are identical to those formed underground and mined. They're "grown" in a lab under the same conditions of heat and pressure as a gem that forms underground, yet with the advantage of having the ultimate color and clarity. It's a great way to get a beautiful color gemstone at an affordable cost.