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Your engagement ring—Choosing a stone

Choosing a stone for your engagement ring While diamond is the most commonly chosen stone for an engagement ring, it is not the only option.  Prince Charles gave Lady Di a stunning sapphire engagement ring, remember? Sapphire is a good choice for a wedding ring because, other than diamond,  it is the hardest stone, as well as a beautiful colored stone.  The contrast between the dark blue stone and the white diamonds on Lady Di's ring,  pictured above,  is striking. There are many other beautiful, and suitable, colored stones to consider; however, knowing how to choose a colored stone is considerably more difficult than choosing a diamond.  (If you have been shopping for diamonds, you know how many variations there...

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Engagement Rings with Antique Diamonds

If you're thinking of diamonds for your wedding or engagement ring, a good choice to consider is antique diamonds. These diamonds are handmade, meaning they were cut and polished before jewelers used the electric and computerized machines of today. They have history and charm, and often can be purchased for less than modern stones of the same size. They were mined long ago so they have no connection with conflict diamonds.  Many other advantages of antique diamonds are discussed here. Over 40 years on the bench, I have worked with many couples to create custom engagement and wedding rings that reflect their taste.  Let me know what you have in mind in terms of style, materials, and budget. and I'll do my best to give you sound suggestions....

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