Emerald engagement rings are fairly rare. It’s not every day that you see someone adorning such a piece – but are they a popular choice? If you’re interested in one for yourself or for that special someone that deserves the world – let’s see what they have to offer.
Emeralds come from the beryl family of minerals, sharing a family tree with aquamarines and other coloured beryls. As a gemstone, emeralds are fairly tough. Next to diamonds, they’re one of the strongest gemstones on the market. Emerald jewellery, however, frequently features natural inclusions in the stone that make them more susceptible to damage than stones like diamonds. So, while your emeralds can be worn frequently with fewer worries than many other gemstones, it’s still important to keep tabs on your gemstones to ensure they’re in tip top condition. Nevertheless, emeralds are a good candidate for engagement rings, and the right emerald makes for a timeless engagement ring.
Now let’s talk meaning.
The Meaning of Emeralds
People might tell you that the meaning of gemstones is irrelevant. Those people lack romantic thought and should not be trusted. Instead, consider the various meanings and intents behind gemstones to unlock a layer of romance that you can add to your proposal. Alternatively, pick your loved one’s favourite colour for jewellery and just wing it.
Emeralds have been referred to by those in the know as the ‘stone of successful love’. Obviously, emeralds are a great choice for romantic jewellery. Furthermore, the green of emeralds is supposedly a representation of youth, promoting vision, intuition, and wisdom. If these aren’t qualities that you want in your significant other then I don’t know what else to tell you.
Carats can be confusing for anyone who isn’t super familiar with gemstones in general. An easy way to get to grips with carats is to simply to consider them as a unit of size. The more carats an emerald has, the larger it is. When it comes to buying an emerald, however, carat size shouldn’t impact your decision.
If you have the budget for it, emeralds over two carats are large and extravagant. Emeralds under two carats are also beautiful, so there really isn’t a wrong choice. You may find that some rings feature multiple, smaller emeralds that all add up to being a certain carat size. These rings will be a smaller expense than those that feature a single emerald that totals to the same carat size. Technically, you can get more carat for your cash if you buy a ring with multiple, smaller stones, but ultimately you should go with whichever design you prefer that suits your budget.
A huge benefit of emeralds is that they are very well suited to different metals. Cold metals like silver, platinum, and white gold look stylish when paired with emeralds. Equally, a warm metal like yellow gold complements the luscious greens of emeralds as well. The only metal colour that doesn’t naturally complement emeralds is rose gold, so unless you or your loved one is a big fan of emeralds and rose gold, I would advise staying away from it where possible.
Most frequently, emeralds are paired with diamonds. This pairing is timeless and beautiful, and nothing can go wrong with that combination. Other than diamonds, the next question is whether you want complements or contrasts. Complementing colours will be similar to the green of the emerald, like aquamarines, sapphires, peridots, or zircons. Contrasting colours will generally be opposite green on the colour spectrum, so think warm reds and purples. In terms of gemstones, that’s amethysts, rubies, garnets, and tourmalines. If the mish-mash of colours is something you don’t like the sounds of, then I couldn’t recommend the emerald-diamond combination enough. It’s tasteful, sophisticated, and timeless. You can’t go wrong.
Emerald Engagement Ring Styles
A benefit of using emeralds in an engagement ring is the vast variety one can find. Emeralds suit white gold and yellow gold equally, meaning that warm or cool-skinned people can be complimented by it. Emeralds and diamonds go alongside each other perfectly also, so there’s no problems there. If your loved one definitely wants a diamond in their engagement ring, then emeralds can be utilised as an accent stone as well as a feature gemstone.
When it comes to the cut of the stones, emeralds yet again offer a lot variety. Art Deco examples, with sharp angles, cool colours, and square cut stones are a timeless look. Equally, warm golds, round stones, and softer shapes are very romantic and definitely say ‘I love you, please marry me’.
If you care about symbolism, emeralds are a great choice for engagement rings. If you care about colour, emeralds range from rich, dark greens, to pale, near-clear tones. If you care about style, emeralds can take on any shape, style, and form you please. If you care about getting a unique engagement ring, emeralds are a popular – but not entirely common – choice. If you care about getting engaged, perhaps emeralds are the direction for you.