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Article: What Lies Behind a Coloured Gemstone

What Lies Behind a Coloured Gemstone

What Lies Behind a Coloured Gemstone


Coloured gemstones are found in many types of jewellery and are the perfect alternative for diamonds. Like all gemstones, colored gems are minerals prized for their beauty and rarity, often in crystalline structures and sometimes organic in origin, such as amber and jet.

Gemstones like rubies, sapphires and emeralds have been used for many years to adorn precious ornaments, and recently to create unique and attractive pieces of jewellery.

There are around 200 varieties of naturally occurring gemstones in the world, though only a select few are suitable for fine jewellery crafted to last a lifetime and beyond. Shop our Opulence Collection for a vast array of superbly crafted and beautifully set gemstones.





The most famous of the sapphire colours, the deep and velvety blue beauty of a sapphire is unparalleled. Each sapphire's hue is individual and nuanced; no two are alike.

Sapphire is said to be the symbol of wisdom, stimulating concentration and awareness, and encouraging purity and depth. Sapphires blend brilliantly with silver and clear crystals or diamonds, look regal with pearls and other similarly coloured gemstones like aqua, turquoise, and deep blue.

Sapphires have become extremely fashionable and popular since Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with the sapphire engagement ring that belonged to his mother, Lady Diana, and rings of this style and design have become known and sold as ‘Princess Diana Rings’. Today, we use sapphires of various colours in all kinds of jewellery, including bracelets, necklaces, rings, brooches, and earrings.




The Ruby is characterised by its brilliant red colour, and by its status as the most famed red gemstone. Ruby colours vary from reddish purple to intense, blood-red. Its bright hue, lustre, and vividly striking colour make it an extremely popular choice in jewellery, mostly in ruby rings and pendants.

Ruby is the birthstone for July and is often associated with wealth and prosperity. The ruby’s pure, vibrant red is linked with courage, love, passion, and emotion. For this reason, they are an extremely prevalent choice for engagement rings, and traditionally given as a present on the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.




Emerald is simply one of the most desirable, famous, and historical gemstones of all time. The allure of the emerald stone is unmatched in its vivid and rich green colour, used throughout centuries to adorn the royal, rich, and famous.

Emeralds are believed to bring peace, friendship, loyalty, and compassion, and able to bring security and love, making them a widely recognized choice for engagement rings.

Emerald rings flicker with a singularly distinct and opulent appearance, go fabulously with yellow gold and clear diamonds, and blend perfectly with gemstones of similar hues like aqua, deep blue, green, and other shades of lighter and darker greens.

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