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Guide to Choosing Gemstones for Your Wedding Band

You found your forever person and the day when you exchange rings is drawing near. What better way to channel divine energy and celebrate your individualities than by choosing gemstone wedding bands? Gemstone wedding bands are what you get when you marry (pun intended) fashion and spirituality. 

The allure of gemstone jewelry is partly due to the fact that it swings both ways on the scale of versatility. Gemstone jewelry is classic yet trendy, timeless yet whimsical, playful yet powerful and lastly, fashionable yet meaningful. More and more people are doing away with tradition and seeking to assert their own stamp of individuality by opting for gemstone wedding bands, and we are here for it. 

If you are new to the world of natural gemstone rings, here is all the information you can arm yourself with before you choose a wedding band. Firstly, let us address the issue of why you should consider buying a gemstone wedding ring. 

Why Gemstone Jewelry is Popular
Nothing says sentiment more than a customized gemstone jewelry piece. Whatever the milestone you want to mark — engagement, marriage, becoming a parent, becoming a grandparent or a birthday —a colored gemstone will serve as a beautiful reminder. Thanks to the sheer versatility and range of gemstones available, you will easily find something that suits your taste, budget and whim. Not just that, colored gemstones add a pop of color to your jewelry wardrobe, and allow you to dress up or dress down by layering and mixing and matching your pieces. 

Gemstones have always been associated with spiritual energy, and their mineral composition is said to aid better physical and mental health. They are also said to have celestial and astrological significance. What better way to channel all these benefits and eternalize your love for your partner than by custom designing a diamond engagement rings

How To Recognize a Good Gemstone
Before you set foot into the colorful and glittering world of gemstones, you must familiarize yourself with jewelry jargon. This will help you understand what you are paying for and will also help you communicate your requirements more clearly to the jeweler. As you may be aware, a gemstone is graded based on the 4 C’s – color, clarity, cut and carat weight. 

Gemologists use three parameters to grade the color of a gemstone—hue, tone and saturation. Hue refers to the most perceivably dominant color on the gem, such as red, blue, yellow, purple or green. The tone of a gemstone refers to the lightness or darkness it has. A gemstone’s saturation indicates the intensity or opacity of the hue. 

The way a gemstone is cut determines the sparkle, fire and brilliance it will have. The facets of the gemstone are extremely important to the appearance of the stone. When you are out looking for gemstones, look for symmetry in the facets of the stone, and the facet junctions must be a single line and crisp. It will help if you request to look at the gems under magnification. Look for the windowing effect. When a stone is well cut, there is a small window at the center of the stone which lets light pass through without reflecting it back. Smaller and sharper the window, the better the cut of the stone.

The clarity of a gemstone is affected by the presence of inclusions that interfere with the passage of light through the stone. These may be minerals that have been trapped while the stone was forming, fractures or even tiny hollow areas. Most of these inclusions are invisible to the naked eye, and if you are fine with them, you can get a larger stone at a lower cost by balancing the clarity and price. 

Carat, simply put, refers to the weight of the stone. One carat is roughly 200 mg. Since the price of a stone is directly proportional to the rarity of the stone, a larger gem, which is much rarer to find, will be more expensive. You can always choose smaller stones and have them set in a cluster or halo setting so they appear larger. 

A Gemstone for Each Month
If you are looking to make your wedding ring as personalized and significant as you possibly can, why not take into consideration the birth month of your SO? Each month has a gemstone associated with it and giving your partner a wedding band embellished with their birthstone will make it special and thoughtful, not to mention colorful!

  • If your partner is a January-born, the beautiful garnet is their gemstone. It is meant to heal you from depression, protect you and is a stone for reunited lovers. 
  • If your partner is a February-born, purple-hued amethyst is their gemstone. It helps you channel calmness and get in touch with your feelings. 
  • If your partner is a March-born, the captivating and calming aquamarine is their gemstone. It is known to symbolize faithfulness, courage and effective communication. 
  • If your partner is an April-born, then timeless diamonds are their gemstone. It is an emblem of long-lasting relationships, clarity of thought and strength. 
  • If your partner is a May-born, the decadent green emerald is their gemstone. This gemstone stands for fertility, love and fresh beginnings. 
  • If your partner is a June-born, the lustrous pearl is their gemstone. It is the ultimate symbol of feminine energy and is known to bestow calm to the wearer. 
  • If your partner is a July-born, the romantic ruby is their gemstone. The fiery gemstone is a symbol of everlasting love. 
  • If your partner is an August-born, the effervescent peridot is their gemstone. The beautifully olive-green stone is a symbol of money and good fortune. 
  • If your partner is a September-born, then sapphire is their gemstone. It symbolizes commitment and honesty. 
  • If your partner is an October-born, the luminous opal is their gemstone. Opals are believed to make wishes come true. 
  • If your partner is a November-born, honey-hued citrine is their gemstone. It is known to channel healing, divine protection and self-awareness. 
  • If your partner is a December-born, vibrant tanzanite is their gemstone. Tanzanite is believed to bring in truth, dignity and wisdom.

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