What Should You Know About Purchasing an Emerald Ring

By: Craig Thornburrow

Jewelry is always a great idea for gift giving and if your lady happens to love emeralds what better gift is there then an emerald ring? This type of gift is bound to please any women as it is a great way to show her the depths of your love. When you are deciding on whether or not to purchase an emerald there are some quality facts to consider, the setting to choose, and of course the sizing of the actual ring.

The emerald is the birthstone for the month of May. That does not mean that only those with this birth month can wear an emerald so don't limit yourself to a specific stone based on a birth month. This stone is also becoming a quite popular alternative to a diamond engagement ring so if you are thinking of popping the question this makes a beautiful alternative. Emeralds are also the traditionally selected gift for anniversary celebrations for the 20th, 35th, and 55th years of marriage. So as you can see the emerald is a very versatile stone to incorporate into a ring.

The coloring of the stone will tell you a lot about the quality of the stone. The finest quality of emerald will have a green coloring that is lime in color or even the color of new grass. The color of the stone should be uniform throughout the stone with no visible haze marks or voids. The highest quality stone will be translucent. Make sure that the jeweler that you are purchasing the emerald from does not use any coloring techniques as this will decrease the value of the stone.

Deciding on the setting may take some time as you must first choose how you want to set the stone. Setting the stone on gold is always a popular idea. Gold has a ways of highlighting an emerald very nicely and with gold you also have the choice of either yellow or white gold so do not limit your ideas. One trend that you are now seeing in emerald rings is platinum settings. This is a fantastic way to set off the beauty of the stone. Either choice will work fantastically with the brilliant green color of the stone; it is just a matter of preference.

Once you have the ring chosen you must decided on the setting. Are you going to do a solitary emerald where the emerald stands alone or are you going to incorporate another gemstone to go with it? Adding a few diamonds in the setting is a great way to further enhance the beauty of the emerald. Many do a three stone setting with diamonds on either side of the emerald or perhaps you could go with a more clustered look with smaller diamonds circling the emerald.

Once you have determined all the necessary components you then want to make sure that you go to a good jeweler to make the ring. A more experienced jeweler can make the cut of the emerald look even more appealing. So take your emerald ring to a well known jeweler.

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