Monday, 15 October 2012

Dare to be different

In line with the 2012/13 trend for colour making a huge comeback in wedding trends, we have found at Ingle & Rhode a similar trend from clients wanting colour in their jewellery. Blue sapphires have always been the most popular gemstone after diamonds, but we now find clients are increasingly asking for coloured gemstones much more frequently. From fancy coloured diamonds to yellow sapphires, deep purple tanzanite and purple sapphires, the list is endless. For a bride who wants to stand out from the crowd, a coloured gemstone is a wonderful choice.

Two of our favourites at Ingle & Rhode are tanzanite and peridot.

Tanzanite’s unusual colour is a distinctive mix of blue and purple. It is known as trichroic because it seemingly changes colour and alternates from sapphire blue and violet  to burgundy depending on the crystal orientation. The stone is so special because it can only be found in one place on earth: Tanzania, East Africa. 

The distinctive green of the peridot, with just a tinge of gold, is also making resurgence. It is an ancient gemstone: in fact it has been found in Egyptian jewellery from the early 2nd millennium B.C. More recently, since deposits of this unique gemstone were found in Kashmir and in recent years, it has made a grand comeback.

Examples of tanzanite and peridot

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