Colored Diamond Engagement Rings March 17, 2015 By Uptown Diamond Shopping for an engagement ring is one of the most exciting and stressful endeavors due to the endless options available. It’s helpful to start the process by knowing which shapes and colors that you are looking for. It’s also essential to know the clear distinction between colored diamonds and colored stones to ensure that you’re investment will last a lifetime. If you’re looking for a ring as unique as your bride-to-be then there are many meaningful colored diamond options available that can be customized into the perfect setting. Deciding on a Colored Diamond vs. Colored Gems There are four types of precious stones including emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds. It’s important to remember this when shopping for your engagement ring as each type has its own chemical and physical properties. Diamonds: Made from carbon, diamonds exist in over 300 colors and are the rarest type of precious stone. On The Mohs hardness scale diamonds are a 10 which makes them harder than steel. Emeralds: This bright green “colored stone” consists of chromium-rich variety of beryl. Coming in at a 7.5 on the hardness scale, Emeralds often are thought to symbolize growth, reflection, peace and balance. Rubies: This precious stone, which consists of corundum, is available in a variety of colors ranging from deep crimson to a pale rose. Rubies are a 9.0 on the hardness scale and often represent love, passion, courage and emotion. Sapphires: Composed of alumina, the word “Sapphire” is Greek for blue, and like Rubies this precious colored stone is a 9.0 on The Mohs scale. Since ancient times the blue sapphire has been looked as a stone that represents honesty, loyalty, purity and trust. About Colored Diamonds When diamonds are formed it’s a natural process that occurs in the earth is due to the extreme temperature and pressures. The majority of diamonds are pure/nearly pure which causes them to be transparent and colorless. However on occasion, other elements will seep into the carbon atoms of the diamond which then causes different colors to display. There are eight dominant color hues of diamonds that gemologists use for classification including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, pink and purple. These diamonds can vary in color grade, tone and saturation which create a wide range of possibilities for colored diamonds. Throughout the past decade colored diamond engagement rings have grown in popularity and give further options to those shopping for the perfect ring. Click here to see more custom colored diamond engagement rings from Uptown Diamond in Houston, TX!