Tips from Jewelers Mutual: Popular Engagement Rings to Make Your Holiday Proposal Perfect

Are you planning to make one of your holiday gifts an engagement ring? With all the excitement and holiday hubbub, where do you begin?

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has compiled a wonderful list of what to look for, based on latest trends, hottest colors and alternative alloys. But keep in mind, it’s most important to be conscious of what your beloved most desires.

Learn more by reading their blog, Popular Engagement Rings to Make Your Holiday Proposal Perfect.

March birthstone: Aquamarine

By Amanda L Colborn

Aquamarine

The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.

Aquamarine and diamond ring from Mitchener-Farrand Jewelers.

Aquamarine and diamond ring from Mitchener-Farrand Jewelers.

The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.  Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes.

Aquamarine ring in yellow gold from Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts.

Aquamarine ring in yellow gold from Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts.

Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones.  This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

Aquamarine cocktail ring from Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry.

Aquamarine cocktail ring from Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry.

Read more about all birthstones here, and to find an AGS jeweler who can show you the gemstone in a variety of settings, click here. We’ll also be continuing the conversation about Aquamarine throughout March, so join us on Facebook!

 

The Healing Power of Gemstones

By Amanda L. Colborn

According to folklore and stories throughout history, many gemstones are thought to offer mystic healing to its wearer.  So whether shopping for a gift of fine jewelry, or considering a gift for yourself along the way, consider the healing properties of these fine gemstones. Birthday gemstones may not bake your cookies and wrap your gifts for you, but they will make you feel better while doing so.

Gemstone healing powers:

 Teething_Baroque_Cognac Amber – Thought to aid memory loss, purify the body, alleviate headaches, and bone and heart problems, Amber is known for its stress relieving and calming properties.
 amethyst-cz-silver-chandelier-earrings-p3984 Amethyst – Aids in the reduction of insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, and circulatory issues. Amethyst is considered the gemstone of meditation, peace, balance, courage, and inner strength.
 a361624f0742cb5c868dba1924dc337d Aquamarine – Aids the liver, throat, stomach, jaw, teeth, eyes, and ears. Aquamarine is also known for releasing fear, calming nerves, and bringing mental clarity.
 372839100_MV_ZM Citrine – Considered the gemstone to provide greater or increased hearing, Citrine also promotes success, abundance, and clear thinking.
 RareEarth_GarnetRing Garnet – Aids blood, heart, and lungs and is known to promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy.
 a9be12818148e5b73a94aa976e8a25ea Lapis – Thought to aid in the alleviation of insomnia and depression, Lapis is also known for creating openness, truthfulness, and creativity.
 5844cd1c-7d39-458c-8ccc-07b7380481b1 Onyx – Associated with the root chakra, Onyx brings spiritual inspiration, and control over emotions.
 Freshwater-Pearl-Necklace-Jewelry Pearl – Known for its calming properties, the Pearl is said to aid purity, charity, integrity, truth, and loyalty in its wearer.
 vintage-style-peridot-ring-ENR8464PDC Peridot – Healing stress in relationships, lessening anger and jealousy, and slowing aging, the Peridot promotes abundance and prosperity.
 ruby jewelry-3 Ruby – Aiding the emotions is the Ruby’s calling card. Also known to increase integrity, devotion, and happiness.
 Luxury-Elegant-Sumptuous-Sapphire-Jewelry-Design-of-Baguette-Cut-Cake-Ring-for-Gift-Ideas-by-CRISLU-Jewelry-Los-Angeles1 Sapphire – The gemstone of creative expression and inner peace and meditation, the Sapphire also aids in personal expression and the alleviation of pain.
 373079704_MV_ZM Topaz – One of the most powerful gemstones, Topaz facilitates the balance of emotions and provides protection from greed.
 1000x1000 Turquoise – A gemstone steeped in lore and tradition, Turquoise is a healing and balancing stone.

 

Aquamarine: the Calming Blue

by Anna Samsonova, CGA
Ben Bridge Jeweler

The name says it all for the birthstone of March: Aqua. The word alone is relaxing.  Which is good, because the historical and substitute birthstone does not have as relaxing of a name: Bloodstone.

Aquamarine is usually a light blue stone, think of the clearest of beach waters that you can imagine. Smaller stones tend to stay on the lighter side of the spectrum, where as larger stones may yield a darker color. That slightly darker color, especially with a greenish tint, is quite sought after and has a greater value. Just as its birthstone neighbor Amethyst, it is quite a clear stone and makes for amazing large statement pieces.

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Aquamarine–a tall drink of cool light blue.

The name also promises to calm your soul. It relaxes you in stressful situations and is great for couples and as an anniversary gift.

Bloodstone is usually used in fashion pieces as Turquoise would be. It is usually a dark green stone with red dots and veining on it. Although the name may throw you off, it is quite an interesting piece of Mother Earth.

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Bloodstone. Beautiful, yet not as calming as Aquamarine!

The name also serves its purpose. Bloodstone is said to help with your vascular health, especially poisoning and diseases. It is also believed to energize you and rid you of bad feelings.

Engagement Rings Get Technicolor

JCK, one of the jewelry industry’s premier magazines, just published this article on trends in the bridal jewelry market. We love the look of a traditional solitaire engagement ring, but brides want a halo with their veil–make that a halo engagement ring. Other notable trends: colored gemstones, like sapphire and aquamarine. One of our favorites is by AGS Member Jack Abraham,  the emerald and ruby halo engagement ring featured below.

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