Irvine (PRWEB) July 31, 2013
Larson Jewelers (http://www.larsonjewelers.com), the leading destination for tungsten rings and wedding bands, has now become the leading destination for green emerald engagement rings. Their new line of engagement rings features colorful green emeralds, instead of plain white diamonds.
Colored gemstones have recently gained in popularity for use as the center stone in engagement rings, instead of white diamonds. Emeralds, rubies and sapphires have recently risen in popularity with couples who prefer an engagement ring that offers a different look and character. Some recent famous couples who opted for a gemstone engagement ring in recent memories are Britain’s Prince William and Princess Kate, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Pricilla Chan.
By now, couples are well aware of the issue of conflict diamonds. Although emeralds and other gemstones are not as widely affected as diamonds are, there are areas of the world where gemstones are mined under conditions that exploit workers. This is why the emeralds in Larson’s engagement rings are made from the highest quality laboratory grown emeralds. Laboratory grown emeralds are exactly the same as mined emeralds. Physically, they are made of the exact same materials. The only difference is they are not mined out of the ground, cause no environmental damage, and run no risk of coming from a country where workers are exploited.
Laboratory grown gemstones are a better value, because the quality of the stones is actually better than natural mined stones. This is because when emeralds are grown in a controlled environment, engineers are able to make sure no impurities enter the process, and they can also make sure the color of the stones come out perfectly. Natural emeralds almost always have impurities that can be seen under 10 times magnification or even with the naked eye. Although it is rare to find completely flawless diamonds, it is even rarer to find completely flawless emeralds. In fact, it is because a created emerald is too flawless, which allows gemologists to distinguish the difference between natural and created emeralds. Also, it is rare to find natural emeralds bigger than 1 carat, which makes larger emeralds very expensive. Although it takes longer to grow larger emeralds, and it is more expensive as well, it is still much more affordable compared to natural emeralds.
Diamond prices have grown dramatically over the last decade, due to increased demand, mainly from fast growing emerging markets, like India and China. Ten years ago, most Americans could buy a 1.0 carat diamond engagement ring of average quality for about $4,000. Today, that same engagement ring will cost about $7,000. This means many future brides have needed to lower their expectations and are reluctantly coming to terms with the fact that they will be receiving a ring with a 0.50 carat to 0.75 carat center stone. Using emeralds or other gemstones reduces the cost, allow brides to have larger stone settings, and even add color to their engagement rings. Many women these days, want to have a glamorous looking engagement ring like the stars do, but aren’t able to because of the price point. “By using emeralds, they are able to achieve a different look and cut the cost of their engagement rings,” said Vanessa LeBeau, Marketing and Merchandising Manager for Larson Jewelers. With all these advantages, it is no wonder many couples are opting for a gemstone engagement rings these days.
LarsonJewelers.com specializes in unique wedding bands and now offers unique engagement rings.