The meaning behind colored gemstone engagement rings

One of the big wedding trends of 2013 is for brides-to-be to off their personalities with colorful, non-traditional stones. Before you jump on the bandwagon, make sure you know what kind of message you’re broadcasting with your bling. Below, we explore the hidden meaning behind different gemstone colors.

Black: prosperity, health, fidelity, strength, and happiness
Stones: onyx, black diamonds, agate, hematite, and jasper

Who should wear it: fashionistas, C-level executives, and anyone looking to broadcast a chic, contemporary, or sophisticated personal image. Black can often have a negative association, so the people who can pull it off tend to ooze style and confidence.

Brown: stability, harmony, practicality, and dependability

Stones: agate, chocolate diamonds, Tiger’s Eye, and smoky quartz

Who should wear it: kitchen divas, avid gardeners, and people who appreciate subtlety. Brown is a special kind of beauty. It suits people who are down-to-earth and practical, as well as those who desire something unique but not too flashy.

Red: energy, passion, strength, love, and power
Stones: rubies, coral, garnets, and red diamonds

Who should wear it: lawyers, artists, and those with fiery personalities. Shades of red draw lots of attention, and red rings are suited most toward spirited, ambitious people, and outgoing people.

Yellow: optimism, sociability, enthusiasm, and playfulness
Stones: citrines, yellow topaz, orange topaz, amber, yellow sapphires, yellow diamonds

Who should wear it: crafters, teachers, and people are creative, adventurous, and quirky. Yellow and orange are bright, happy colors that work well on people with outgoing and uplifting personalities.

Green: balance, money, fertility, luck, harmony, and long life

Stones: emeralds, jade, turquoise, peridot, and green sapphires

Who should wear it: bankers, investors, and people who believe in symbolism – legend has it emeralds have healing powers, and that the wearer gains the ability to predict the future. Jade was believed to grant its wearers immortality. Green is a shade for happy-go-lucky souls who want a pop of color without being over-the-top.

Blue: loyalty, confidence, strength, truth, and good health

Stones: sapphires, tanzanite, aquamarines, lapis lazuli, blue topaz, and turquoise

Who should wear it: public figures and those with outgoing, colorful personalities. According to lore, sapphires were once common in wedding rings, as it was believed a sapphire would noticeably fade if worn by an unfaithful wife. Sapphires also work well for romantics.

Purple: spirituality, love, enlightenment, serenity, and pride
Stones: amethysts, purple sapphires, pink and purple diamonds, and pink topaz

Who should wear it: philosophers, artists, and creative people who enjoy studying human nature. Purple and lavender stones are associated with nobility, class, and mystery.

White/Clear: simplicity, elegance, innocence, integrity, and harmony
Stones: diamonds, moissanite, white topaz, drusy quartz, pearls, moonstone, and hematite

Who should wear it: people who prefer tradition and who draw comfort from ritual. White stones such as pearls evoke innocence and integrity, while clear stones symbolize elegance and grey stones work for modern traditionalists.

How’s that for food for thought? Happy engagement ring hunting!