Fancy a striking jewellery piece? Consider adding some coloured gemstone jewellery to your collection.

Throughout history, coloured gemstones have enthralled people for their beauty, rarity and opulence. A gemstone can be defined as a piece of mineral crystal which, when cut and polished, can be used to make a piece of jewellery or another adornment.There is an impossibly wide variety of coloured gemstones to choose from for jewellery pieces – and luckily for you, Allgem Jewellers are well equipped with a lot of them. Read on for more information about three of the most precious gemstones for jewellery: rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

 

Ruby

Rubies are one of the world’s most precious gemstones. First mentioned in the Bible, the ruby is the July birthstone and is known for its rarity, lustre, hardness and high monetary value. In fact, the only gem that is harder than a ruby is a diamond.

Similar to other gemstones (such as emeralds), almost all rubies contain some type of imperfection or flaw. These inclusions are generally to be expected, but if or when these imperfections impact the stone’s brilliance or transparency, the value of the ruby may decrease.

 

Emerald

Characterised for its pale to rich green hues, emeralds are the most valuable gemstones that come from the mineral. Emeralds are extremely durable due to their hardness, and also feature a number of intriguing inclusions and flaws that are used to assure the purchaser of a natural stone.

Emeralds also boast a special cut designed just for this gem, titled the ‘emerald-cut’. This cut features a rectangular or square shape that maximises the beauty and colour of the stone whilst also protecting it from exterior strain or internal stress.

 

Sapphire

Famed for its stunning royal blue hues, the sapphire is the most precious and valuable blue gemstone. Desirable due to its hardness, durability, lustre and excellent colour, the sapphire is the birthstone of September and is suitably used in all types of jewellery – notably in engagement rings.

Sapphires can occur at many points on the spectrum – from transparent to opaque. Though transparent variations exhibit the most attractive lustre, the gemstone can also be adopted to various shapes and cutting styles, making for an easily customisable gemstone to work and design with.

Coloured gemstones are extremely popular, and make for stunning jewellery pieces. One cannot deny the unique, exquisite nature of coloured gemstones – and as such, the beauty these stones can bring to a variety of jewellery pieces. Adorn yourself with pieces that nature naturally created. Your chosen stones may reveal your rank, class and capacity, so be sure to choose wisely with the quality Allgem Jewellers. Contact our professional master jewellers today to see how we can best assist you.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – but it’s one pricey friendship. Good thing other gems are to the rescue.

Though diamonds are universally popular for all jewellery types, they are definitely not the only option to be considered. Some of the most stylish fashion figureheads of our time were dedicated gemstone lovers. Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana and a slew of others all utilised the unique beauty of gemstones in a variety of jewellery pieces. The value of natural gemstones is significantly increasing, so read below for a roundup of ways you can accessorise your favourite gemstone in a jewellery piece today.

 

An Alternative Engagement Ring

There is a whole world of gemstone engagement ring options just waiting to be explored – plus, they’ve welcomed more than a few celebrities as owners. Opting for a coloured gemstone is a refreshing take on the tradition and convention of an engagement ring – and it’s a guarantee that the wide variety of bright colours are certain to make your ring stand out from the pack.

Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire engagement ring is one of the most iconic engagement rings of all time. Passed down from Princess Diana, Middleton’s ring contains an 18-carat diamond and sapphire stone that was purchased by Prince Charles in 1981. Originally created by Garrard & Co (the former Crown Jeweller), the ring has skyrocketed in value and is now worth approximately 300,000 pounds.

 

Feel Like Royalty With Gemstone Earrings

Though Meghan Markle’s stunning bespoke engagement ring drew heads when the couple’s announcement occurred, it was her yellow gold and opal earrings that received a lot of attention all on their own. Another famous royal opal-wearer was Queen Elizabeth II herself, who was gifted a remarkable set of ‘Andamooka’ opal jewellery on her first official trip to Australia in 1954.

The opal is the national gemstone of Australia, and each opal features a completely unique array of iridescent colour – meaning that no two are of the same appearance. Opal earrings make not only a fantastic, unique gift, but also evoke a regal effect thanks to the Royal Family’s affinity for the gem.

 

Adorn Your Neck With Gemstones

Gemstone jewellery is typically in a multiplicity of designs and styles – making it the perfect centrepoint for a necklace. Eye-catching, light-reflecting and unique, gemstone necklaces are extremely popular and make for a fantastic gift for that special someone.

Princess Diana was known for her talent of restyling jewellery in a unique way, and as a result, she redesigned Queen Mary’s emerald choker as a bandeau for a dance during her 1985 Australian tour. Further displaying the flexibility of these stunning gemstone pieces, she wore her velvet sapphire choker with pride as a headband for dinner in Tokyo one evening.

Diamonds may be beautiful, strong and low wearing – but they are also expensive and predictably conventional. Gemstones come in a wide variety of colours, are trendy and popular, are durable and cost a lot less.

Allgem Jewellers is the first choice for Australian opals, precious gems and gold jewellery in Perth. Our services include individually handcrafted custom-made jewellery pieces, jewellery repairs, repolishing Australian opals, opal cutting, pearl threading and more. Contact our professional master jewellers today to see how we can best assist you.

Put An Engagement Ring On It

Choosing an engagement ring is often the toughest element of the proposal and wedding process. Luckily for future brides, however, there is no shortage of jewellery design and style trends on the market (or in the store) for your ideal engagement ring purchase. Therefore, it’s time to ramp up the process and read our roundup of engagement ring trends to suit any and every bride.

Take a peek below at what trends Australian jewellers and brands will be championing this year.

Engagement Ring for Women

Stacked Up

Adding depth to a set of rings allows the future bride to create a unique look by experimenting with different ring styles, stones and shapes. This is a highly customisable option, and can tie in nicely with the bride’s future wedding band – which can be designed, in turn, to complement or ‘stack’ neatly the engagement ring.

Embellished

If you’re opting for a ring that is a little less simple, embellished rings can feature intricate markings or studded gems and can make for stunningly complex pieces. These rings can also feature combinations of diamonds and gemstones that evoke a unique brilliance and make for an eye-catching piece of jewellery.

 

Rose gold

The rose gold trend is certainly not restricted to the jewellery scene. Offering plain gold pieces an updated, rosy finish, many brides are now electing to choose a rose gold colour for either their engagement ring or their wedding band so that each piece can complement the tone of the other.

 

Barely there

The minimalistic rounded style of engagement ring is making a splash in the jewellery industry currently, particularly thanks to Meghan Markle’s slew of tiny thin gold bands. These ‘barely-there’ wire rings are ideal for a more casual bride, as they offer the simplicity and timelessness of a delicate, dainty piece.

Rings for Men

Mixed metal

Incorporating a variety of metals including yellow gold, platinum, rose gold or brushed steel into your ring design can make for a very stylish and versatile men’s jewellery piece.

 

Finish

Neutral materials are proving to be quite a trend for men’s engagement rings this year, with mixes of woods and metals providing an extremely unique style that is perfect for a man who loves nature and the outdoors.

Custom design

Utilising custom design techniques such as a personalised inscription, unique blend of materials (as mentioned above), creative shaping and more can create an extra sentimental, customised ring for the special man in your life to cherish forever.

Choosing an engagement ring is often the toughest element of the proposal and wedding process. Luckily for future brides, however, there is no shortage of jewellery design and style trends on the market (or in the store) for your ideal engagement ring purchase. Therefore, it’s time to ramp up the process and read our roundup of engagement ring trends to suit any and every bride.

Take a peek below at what trends Australian jewellers and brands will be championing this year.

 

Women’s Engagement Rings

Stacked up

Adding depth to a set of rings allows the future bride to create a unique look by experimenting with different ring styles, stones and shapes. This is a highly customisable option, and can tie in nicely with the bride’s future wedding band – which can be designed, in turn, to complement or ‘stack’ neatly the engagement ring.

 

Embellished

If you’re opting for a ring that is a little less simple, embellished rings can feature intricate markings or studded gems and can make for stunningly complex pieces. These rings can also feature combinations of diamonds and gemstones that evoke a unique brilliance and make for an eye-catching piece of jewellery.

 

Rose Gold

The rose gold trend is certainly not restricted to the jewellery scene. Offering plain gold pieces an updated, rosy finish, many brides are now electing to choose a rose gold colour for either their engagement ring or their wedding band so that each piece can complement the tone of the other.

 

Barely there

The minimalistic rounded style of engagement ring is making a splash in the jewellery industry currently, particularly thanks to Meghan Markle’s slew of tiny thin gold bands. These ‘barely-there’ wire rings are ideal for a more casual bride, as they offer the simplicity and timelessness of a delicate, dainty piece.

 

Men’s Engagement Rings

Mixed Metal

Incorporating a variety of metals including yellow gold, platinum, rose gold or brushed steel into your ring design can make for a very stylish and versatile men’s jewellery piece.

 

Finish

Neutral materials are proving to be quite a trend for men’s engagement rings this year, with mixes of woods and metals providing an extremely unique style that is perfect for a man
who loves nature and the outdoors.

 

Custom Design

Utilising custom design techniques such as a personalised inscription, unique blend of materials (as mentioned above), creative shaping and more can create an extra sentimental, customised ring for the special man in your life to cherish forever.

Whatever design you and your partner decide on, celebrate your marriage together with the ring of your dreams at Allgem Jewellers. Contact our professional master jewellers today to see how we can best assist you.