The Four Precious Gemstones

The Four Precious Gemstones

Diamond

The hardest naturally occurring material on earth that can only be cut or scratched with another diamond. Its name comes from the ancient Greek adámas meaning "unbreakable". No gemstone on the planet contains as much allure and interest as does Diamond.

Possessing the highest shine of all transparent gemstones, the way diamonds reflect light is without equal. Its rarity, beauty and strength make it a fitting symbol of resilience and longevity of marriage.

A diamond has four characteristics such as clarity, cut, colour and carat known as the "4 Cs". Each characteristic has an impact on the cost and price of a diamond.

Diamond is the birthstone for April and 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Sapphire

After diamonds, sapphires are the next hardest gemstone. Pure sapphires are actually white, but in the presence of titanium and iron traces they acquire a velvety blue colour. Sapphire in any other colour but blue are called "Fancies".

The world's most famous sapphire engagement ring is a 12-Carat Blue Sapphire previously owned by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and currently worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Sapphire is the birthstone for September and 55th Wedding Anniversary.

Ruby

Rare, unique and valuable, the ruby is the most sought-after gemstones after diamonds.

A variety of the corundum family, ruby is famous for its deep red hue and vibrant glow. Bearing the colour of love and desire, ruby is the ideal romantic gift for a woman in love.

Like sapphires, red rubies are second only to diamonds in their hardness and brilliance. Transparent rubies of large sizes are even rarer than diamonds and sapphires.

Ruby is the birthstone for July and 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Emerald

Known for its green shade and a clear depth of colour that very few gems possess, emerald is the precious stone that symbolises renewal and hope.

Its captivating green colour is unique and unparalleled in all other gemstones. Along with diamonds, blue sapphires and red rubies, the green emerald is one of the "big four" most valuable gemstones in the world. The most desirable emerald colours are bluish green to pure green, with vivid colour saturation and tone that's not too dark. The most-prized emeralds are highly transparent.

Emerald is the birthstone for May and 20th Wedding Anniversary.


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