|Diamonds did not always top the list for most desired engagement stone. It was in the early 1900′s when De Beers ran large-scale and effective marketing campaigns to change the perception of diamonds and build a story around their aura. De Beers worked tirelessly to create a story of love, romance, and indestructible commitment around the diamond.|
Controlling supply and now directing demand, De Beers was able to build and control a market unlike many other companies ever have.
|Morganite is one of the hottest engagement ring alternatives. Morganite is traditionally pink to orange-pink in color and a variety of Beryl.|
Garnet is a series of many different minerals each with its own unique chemical formula. Garnet comes in many colors. Reds and pinks seem the most popular for engagement rings.
|Moissanite is a naturally occurring silicon carbide with similar look and characteristics of a diamond at a fraction of the cost. It is not uncommon to see synthetically made Moissanite today due to its natural rarity.||Tanzanite is 1000 times rarer than diamonds and is a single source gemstone ... and that source is running out. Tanzanite is a blue variety of zoisite with a rich deep blue and sometimes purple hues.|
|Oregon Sunstone is a rare gem that is becoming more popular in an engagement ring. The inclusion of copper crystals within the Sunstone (plagioclase feldspar) is unique and imparts a speckled glimmer within the gemstone.|
Tsavorite is a variety of garnet that hosts calcium-aluminum, and trace amounts of chromium and vanadium to impart the rich green color.