Get Celebrity Looks For Less With Eco-Friendly Synthetic Engagement Rings
Diamonds have been the centerpieces of most engagement rings since the 1800s, and there’s no doubt about it…the diamond engagement ring is traditional. Vintage diamond rings are popular, but gemstone engagement rings are gaining traction, especially with celebrities. We are entering a time where brides are not only straying from tradition (e.g. no veils, colorful wedding dresses, the “reveal” of the bride, etc.) but are also priding themselves on being non-traditional. This holds true for engagement rings, where the new celebrity trend is to choose rings that incorporate other precious gems like sapphires and emeralds. From Kate Middleton to Halle Berry and Olivia Wilde, we are seeing the non-traditional gems glimmering away in celebrity land, and many are following suit.
But just like diamonds, brides have to be wary of purchasing conflict gemstones that support environmental and human rights atrocities. Plus, large gemstones can be just as unaffordable as diamonds, making the celebrity style hard to achieve for the average American. So how do we get the look of large gems with a clean conscience and for less? The answer is lab created gemstones. These are not only affordable, but they are also sustainable and drop-dead gorgeous!
Who wore it? Kate Middleton
How much? Approx. $500,000
How you can get it: Created deep blue sapphires are grown in an environment that replicates nature and can be very convincing substitutes for the natural variety which can even include “star effects” like the real thing—so you still get the flashy look! Sapphires come in a wide range of colors, including blue, violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple and intermediate hues. Some stones exhibit the phenomenon known as color change, most often going from blue in daylight or fluorescent lighting to purple under incandescent light. If you love having a “pop” of color, this is a great option for you. Sapphires can range in size anywhere from a few points to hundreds of carats; however, most commercial-quality sapphires weigh less than five carats.
Who wore it? Halle Berry
How much? Approx. $200,000
How you can get it: Created emeralds in the deep green variety of synthetic beryl. The most desirable emerald colors are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation and tone that is not too dark. Well-cut created emeralds maximize the beauty of the color while minimizing the impact of fissures, resulting in a bright, lively stone. Emeralds are not only known for their gorgeous color, but they are also the traditional gem of Taurus, Gemini and sometimes Cancer astrological signs. Created emeralds can even be made to incorporate features that mimic the same feature in natural emeralds and add to their realistic appearance. Emeralds come in a variety of sizes, from hundreds of carats down to fractions of a carat.
Who wore it? Beyoncé
How much? Approx. $5M
How you can get it: Moissanite, originally found in small quantities from a meteorite, sparkles 10 times brighter than a diamond. Moissanite in its natural form is extremely rare, but scientists have now discovered a way to create moissanite with raw silicon carbide crystals. This process of growing gem-quality moissanite crystals in a controlled setting took decades of research to perfect; Charles & Colvard, Ltd. of Morrisville, NC owns the exclusive, restrictive patent to deliver it to jewelers and consumers worldwide. Once the gems are completely formed, master cutters carefully polish each gem to calculated proportions, maximizing each individual stone’s brilliance. Moissanite gems are often compared to diamonds, because they are almost identical in every aspect and more recently are available in whiter color with very high clarity, rivaling gem-quality diamonds.
Created sapphire, emerald, moissanite—the choice is yours. Each is greener than diamond and will help reflect your ideals as someone who cares about sustainability. Happy shopping!
Contributed by Randall N. McCullough. Randall is Chief Executive Officer of Charles & Colvard, Ltd., the global source of created moissanite gems, The World’s Most Brilliant Gem!®
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