When it comes to engagement and wedding rings, diamonds have reigned as the stone of choice for quite some time. After faltering in desirability during the Great Depression, the ultimate monopoly over the diamond industry, De Beers, made it their mission to make diamonds universally synonymous with marriage. A vastly successful ad campaign and a few generations later, diamonds have still been going strong. Yet, as times and attitudes change, new styles and trends are inevitable. Not every single woman needs a diamond engagement ring anymore, or wants to hold on to old diamond jewelry. If you are considering breaking away from the norm, here are some lovely, eye-catching stone options as compiled by Diamond Lighthouse. Precious or semi-precious, each stone holds its own intrinsic significance. They also are drastically different in terms of value and gradation (as opposed to the standard “4C’s” used to determine a diamond’s worth – learn more here). Listed here by birthstone, there definitely is a tailor made gem out there for everyone.
Garnet (Capricorn/January) – while garnet actually comes in a wide variety of colors, it is most often associated with a deep red or maroon hue. Its name in Latin is “granate,” which means “seed,” as it was thought to resemble the seed of the pomegranate fruit. Garnet is identified with vitality, regeneration, and the ability to ward off evil.
Garnet is on the inexpensive side; one carat typically costs around $20 to $100, depending on condition.