Pearl engagement rings were very popular in earlier times. It was in the late 19th century that diamonds began to be popularly used in jewelry. Extensive marketing by De Beers led us to believe that if it’s an engagement ring then it has to be diamond engagement ring. (You may like to read about diamond history).
However, pearl rings have back in fashion. So, if you are looking to choose from diamond alternative engagement rings, then apart from gemstone engagement rings, ring made of pearl will also be a good option for you.
Peach Pearl Garnet (left) and Tahitian Pearl (right) Engagement Rings
Meaning associated with Pearl Rings
For centuries, pearls have been used for adornment purpose and used as June’s birthstone along with alexandrite.
It elegantly blends with all outfits - from jeans to an evening dress - and it has always been the symbol of class, purity and mark of taste.
With the awareness of conflict diamonds, nowadays people are increasingly opting for diamond alternative engagement rings and if you want something sober and classy then think no further than a pearl ring.
If your fiancee has her birthday in June then a pearl ring can be a very good choice. Also, if you are proposing in June or planning your wedding in June, then this fabulous engagement ring will look very symbolic and meaningful.
Pearl comes in different shapes and sizes
and in variety of colors - from pure white to pink, yellow, gray,
black, blue, green, orange, brown, purple and multicolor. You can also experiment by combining your
and your love's respective birthstones.
There are actually two types of pearls:
Pearl Ring Settings
Pearl provides flexibility in the sense that you can create a vintage looking engagement ring or even contemporary engagement ring with it. However, remember that pearl rings are most safe in a bezel setting.
You can also have small diamonds in pave setting or prong setting around pearl. This way you will have a diamond engagement ring but with a totally unique look and at much lesser price!
Things to Remember
Pearl is very delicate and on Mohs Scale of hardness, it is rated in the range 2.5 – 4.5 (diamond is rated as 10). It’s an important fact that you should know before buying a pearl ring. So, utmost care should be taken while wearing, handling and cleaning it to avoid scratches.
If your fiancee has an extremely active lifestyle then I would NOT suggest a pearl ring, as this jewel cannot bear rough handling.
I’m listing few precautionary measures that should be taken to ensure safety, durability and luster of pearl rings:
Before buying pearl engagement ring you must know how to differentiate between Natural and Cultured Pearls. In order to avoid appearing as a lay person in front of your jeweler, you should know the difference between natural and cultured pearls.
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