A Pearl of an Idea: A Unique Engagement and Wedding Ring Style
By Ashley Bailey
, Tuesday, November 09, 2010
By Ashley Bailey
, November 09, 2010
The Latin word for pearl literally means “unique,” because in ancient Rome only members of the upper classes were allowed to wear jewelry with this unique and beautiful gem. In modern years, the term still applies, despite the rising popularity of pearls in all kinds of jewelry from earrings to necklaces. For those in the know, pearls are slowly becoming a unique alternative to the diamond in engagement and wedding rings as well.
If you are thinking about choosing a pearl as the center stone in your engagement ring, or balancing the luster of the pearl against the sparkle of a diamond in a three-stone setting or wedding band, you will want to do a little pearl-hunting yourself first. There are many kinds of pearls, both natural and cultured, as well as many varieties of artificial pearls. Of course, for an occasion as important as an engagement or wedding ring, you will want to invest in a quality pearl that will retain its beauty and value.
Pearls are available in classic pearly white, of course, which is a beautiful choice for an engagement or wedding ring as it will coordinate beautifully with the bride’s wedding look. Many brides opt for pearl jewelry to subtly enhance their wedding gowns without overpowering the look, and a pearl wedding ring can match other jewelry easily.
Some people looking for a truly unique ring
or wedding ring opt for colored pearls. Many colors of pearls such as blue, black and green, occur naturally and are considered among the most valuable pearl types. The deep luster of these gems contrasts wonderfully with the light and sparkle of a diamond-encrusted setting. Many jewelry design experts will recommend that if you use a pearl as a center stone in an engagement ring
, you retain the classic eye-catching appeal of the diamond with an elegant diamond setting. A fluted pavé setting will hold the diamond securely and provide a visual counterpoint to its subtle glow.
Pearls have been treasured as magical and special for thousands of years, adorning the arms and ears of royals from Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth. They have been said to connote innocence, beauty and the mystical power of the moon. Harness that history with a pearl engagement or wedding band