Traditional Diamond Jewelry or Not?

Blue DiamondsNot everyone is traditional, more and more brides and grooms are choosing alternative stones and metals for their forever (hopefully) rings.  Men are opting for alternative metals like tungsten and titanium with unconventional design elements as their choice for a wedding band.  One of our more unusual men’s rings here at Dynamic designs Jewelry contains meteorite inlay in titanium.  We also carry men’s bands with carbon fiber and wood inlay which make for a unique design choice for a non-traditional groom. Women are also using non-traditional materials and center stones such as sapphire or Moissanite to take center stage in their engagement rings, sometimes because of style choices, and sometimes because of budget.

Fancy Colored Diamonds – Blue Diamonds

Fancy colored diamonds are a way for a bride to have their cake and eat it too, they can symbolize their commitment with the traditional diamond engagement ring while expressing individuality with a unique stone.  Some of the more popular picks are blue diamonds. Diamonds occur naturally in every color, trace elements within the carbon will create a diamond with color. For example, the above diamond if it were to occur naturally, would be blue due to boron present in the chemical make up of the stone.  However, the above diamond had a some help achieving that beautiful teal color, it underwent an enhancement  process called irradiation,  a permanent (and perfectly safe for the consumer to wear) treatment that permanently alters the physical structure of the diamond producing either a blue, black or green diamond.  An irradiated diamond can be further enhanced through heating producing a yellow, pink or brown diamond. An added benefit of a non-traditional center stone such as an enhanced diamond or a purple sapphire, is the cost per carat is often lower than a traditional white diamond of decent quality, affording the bride a larger stone, or allowing more of the budget to be put toward a setting.

Mom or grandma might scoff at an engagement ring that doesn’t display a colorless diamond, but diamonds only became really popular as engagement rings in the late 1800’s due to a De Beers marketing campaign, so why worry about tradition, who knows what will be popular in a few generations?  It could be something we haven’t discovered yet! Have you thought about a blue diamond?