The Engagement Ring does not necessarily need to be a diamond, according to the modern wedding etiquette.Coloured semi precious gemstones, are also an option. Stones of all kinds have played a very important part of the history of humans.
Every gemstone stone is unique, each one believed to hold a different healing power or type of energy. Certain gemstones are even thought to be love stones, such as rose quartz, moonstone, jade and lapis
This is known to be the stone of unconditional love. Its calming energy is thought to help give one a sense of inner peace and love for one’s self
Essentially, rose quartz puts you in a state of mind that allows you to receive love. The shape of the rose quartz is also important. Using a rose quartz egg is said to help existing love grow, as well as encourage fertility.
The name itself is somewhat romantic; in ancient times it was believed that it drew moonlight. This is the gem of passion, with powers that are thought to provoke feelings of eroticism. It’s also believed that moonstone can help lovers to predict the fortune of their relationship
It is a blue gemstone that is considered to be very spiritual. Wearing lapis is thought to bring inner harmony, to help win over the affection of others and to enhance fidelity within marriage.
Jade is said to bless whatever it touches, is most valued for its metaphysical properties. It is the ultimate “Dream Stone,” revered in ancient cultures, as well as today. It is cherished as a protective talisman, assuring long life, love and a peaceful death.
But if Diamond is your choice, make sure when buying it, you do it according to the criteria known as The Four C’s, as they affect the final value and price of the stone. The Four C’s are: Clarity: Measures the flaws and imperfections on the diamond. Cut: Refers to the actual configuration or shape of the stone. Color: Refers to the stone’s color. The most desirable are colorless stones, but in recent times yellow diamonds, pink diamonds, and other variations have become trendy. Carat: Refers to the size and weight of the stone.
(sources: gemselect.com; crystalvaults.com)