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Not into Diamonds? Here’s How to Choose a Colored Gemstone for your Engagement Ring

It is true
that diamonds are the most popular stone for engagement rings and for many
people, if it’s not a diamond it’s not an engagement ring!

But lately,
an increasing number of couples are going off this beaten path, instead opting
for something different and unique. Colored gemstones are seeing an increase in
popularity as many modern couples choose to showcase their style, preferences
and what they value by choosing an engagement ring with a gemstone that speaks
to them.

Engagement Ring


But what
gemstone should you choose and is every gemstone made for an engagement ring?
Here we outline our top tips to help you choose the perfect colored gemstone
for your engagement ring!
     1.    
Consider
the durability of your gemstone
Durability is
probably the most important factor for most people when deciding on which
colored gemstone to choose for engagement rings. This is a piece of jewelry
that you will wear every day for the rest of your life. As such, it needs to be
able to take the rough wear and tear of daily life. If you’re in hot water, it
needs to be able to be right there with you!

The Mohs
scale ranks gemstones according to hardness. Of course, diamonds are the hardest,
ranking at number 10. However, gemstones such as sapphires, alexandrites and
rubies all have high rankings on the Mohs scale (8.5 and up). Stones under 7
are easily damaged. It is important to note that 7 is the important number on
the scale, because anything under 7 is able to be scratched by dust.  Soft stones such as turquoise or pearls,
which rank very low on the Mohs scale, are not good choices for an engagement
ring. They will need to be replaced every so often by a professional jeweler.
    2.    
Think
about the symbology of your stone
Each gemstone
has its own symbology and meaning. As a disclaimer, let me add that symbolism
and meaning is not verified by science and we cannot be certain whether these
notions are true or not. Having said that, choosing a gemstone with a meaning
that represents your love and relationship is a nice touch.

Engagement Ring


For example,
rubies, with their strong reddish hues, are symbolic of love, passion and
loyalty, amethysts represent peace and blue sapphires symbolise wisdom and
prestige.
This
symbolism gives extra meaning to your engagement ring and portrays what is
important to you.
     3.    
Consider
the impurities
Many natural
gemstones contain tiny miniscule impurities that reside within it. In many
cases these are not an issue, but when they compromise the strength and
stability of the stone as well as the clarity, you may have to rethink it.
Emeralds are known to often contain many inclusions which can cause them to be
brittle, subject to breakage and not eye-clean. Morganite, aquamarine, topaz
and zircon are gemstones that often have high clarity levels.
    4.    
Is
your gemstone natural or treated?
This is an
important question because treatments can affect the value and stability of the
gemstone. In many cases, gemstones are heat treated to enhance their color or
to stabilize the stone. Typically, it is the highly sought after and valuable
gemstones that are treated, such as sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

Most rubies
on the market are often heat treated, as natural rubies are very rare and
extremely expensive. However, natural rubies are much more valuable than heated
rubies. On the other hand, some gemstones such as tsavorite, morganite and many
garnet varieties are often untreated and sold in its natural state.
    5.    
Choose
your price
One benefit
of buying
A
Non-Diamond Engagement Ring Alternative
is that it often costs
less than a diamond and it offers more uniqueness and individuality. You can
find gemstones to fit any budget, so decide how much you are willing to spend
before you search for the gemstone. If you are willing to fork out more, then you
can go for one of the famous precious stones such as emeralds, sapphires,
rubies, alexandrites or morganites.

Engagement Ring


If you want
more bang for your buck, then why not consider an amethyst, topaz, aquamarine
or garnet? These are just as beautiful and in many cases, last just as long. If
they do get damaged, replacing them is much less costlier than some of the more
valuable stones.

Shopping for
a colored gemstone is a fun and exciting process, as you discover all the
different gemstones out there, some of which you may have never heard of (such
as sunstone and demantoid!). There is a whole world of gemstones out there, so
why limit yourself to just diamonds! 

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Include Your Junior Bridesmaid & Groomsman in Your Wedding

It is becoming more common to include tweens in weddings.
Flower girls and ring bearers have always been part of weddings when there are
toddlers in the families. They are unpredictable and cute and everyone knows to
expect the unexpected.
But when the child is over the age of 8 and under the age
of 13, there are few options on how to include them in the ceremony. This is
where the junior bridesmaid and junior groomsman comes into play.

Include Your Junior Bridesmaid & Groomsman in Your Wedding

When including a tween in your wedding it is important to
treat them as you would any other member of the bridal party. Of course, they
cannot attend adult parties, but they can be included with shopping,
rehearsals, showers, and other wedding related activities. They can go with the
groups to have their hair styled and their clothes fitted.
Role of The Junior Bridesmaid
The junior bridesmaid role can be designed any way the
bride chooses. The most modern trend is for the junior bridesmaid to put on a
performance before the ceremony in song or recital. She then walks from the
stage and stands at the end of the bridesmaid row and the adults fill the row
as they arrive from their walk down the aisle.

Include Your Junior Bridesmaid & Groomsman in Your Wedding

Another option is allowing the junior bridesmaid to put
on a dance performance at the reception. She assumes the same role as the
bridesmaids during the wedding but at the reception, she begins the dance time
with a modern dance. There are many available
Outfits For Dancers.
 With the help of some cool lighting and the DJ, she can open the dance
floor with a great number.
Adding the Junior Groomsman in the act
The Junior groomsman helps to seat the guests. He can be
included in the song or recital and if he can be given a part in the dance
performance even if he does not take dance. The juniors can wear their costumes
and he can easily be taught a few steps to complement the routine.
Brides
While the bride who includes juniors in her wedding is a
usually a more laid-back person, she doesn’t sacrifice style for convenience. Technology
has come a long way in the bridal industry. Brides can easily find the perfect
wedding Dresses Online.  This major
bridal industry leader also allows bridesmaids to put down a small deposit and
have a dress shipped to them so they can try on the selection in the comfort of
their own home. They have the option to return the dress and try again if the
gown is not to her liking.
The bridal party has access to the styles, colors,
quality, and embellishments online just as they would have if they went to the
location.
The
Juniors clothes
The junior bridesmaid will wear a dress of the same color
and cut as the bridesmaids with age-appropriate changes. For example, she will
wear straps rather than a bare shoulder gown. The bridesmaid’s gowns may be
floor length, but you may consider a tea length dress for her to make it easier
to walk. Of course, she will wear pumps or flats, not high heels.
The Junior groomsmen will wear the same suit or tux as
the adult men in the wedding, though he may be allowed to remove his jacket and
wear his vest while he is “working”.
Responsibilities
for the Junior Bridesmaid & Groomsman
Here are some jobs that your juniors can easily take care
of:
  • Passing out programs
  • Assisting the ushers in
    seating grandparents and guests
  • Be in charge of the
    guestbook
  • Pass out bubbies,
    confetti or rice to shower the exciting couple
  • Help with cleaning up
Fun extras
After the wedding, give your junior bridesmaid and
groomsman a digital or instant camera and let her take pictures. A digital
camera will take the most pictures without the expense of the special film for
the instant camera. The camera and a photo album will make a great “thank you”
gift and you might be surprised at some of the great pictures they take.
The
“not a good idea” list
Here are some things that you will not ask a junior
bridesmaid and groomsman to do:
  • Babysit for guests
    • If someone has brought
      their child and the juniors want to play with him, that is fine. But do
      not ask her to be responsible for a young child in a venue full of
      people. Do not expect them to supervise toddlers outside and do not give
      them the responsibility of keeping the other children safe from the
      parking areas.
  • Be the maid
    • Sure, they can help tidy
      up but it should not be their job. If you would not as your maid of honor
      to clean up a mess, do not as your juniors to. They are not hired help.

Finally, thank them for their efforts. Whether things
went perfectly or not, let them know how great they were and how much they
added to the special day. Make this an event they will never forget.

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