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.