‘Gemstone and Diamond’ Category

Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds, Oh My!

Posted on December 30th, 2015

Whether you want to compliment your diamond or are looking to show off your favorite color, sapphires, rubies and emeralds are spectacular feature stones for engagement rings and wedding jewelry. Just like diamonds, not all specimens are created equal. Learn how to shop for these gemstones to ensure you get the superior quality you deserve.4091-1D297074_1119_175_18k


Ranging in color from deep ocean blue with strong to vivid saturation to a very vibrant pink-orange hue, sapphires are members of the corundum mineral family. September’s birthstone has been a favorite of royalty for hundreds of years; in fact, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with Lady Diana’s iconic 18-carat sapphire engagement ring.

Look for stones with a rich, dark color with violet undertones in a medium to medium dark tone, rid of any brown or yellow lines. Sapphires usually have inclusions, but less visible ones are more desirable. In fancy colors, like this pink sapphire eternity band, ideal stones have a bright, saturated hue.3802-1D4211_500_14k


Rubies are July’s birthstone and, as a member of the corundum family, sapphires’ bold siblings. The finest and more valuable color of ruby is called “pigeon’s blood” which exhibits a deep red with a purple secondary hue. The hue forever links rubies with love, and pieces like a ruby and diamond ring will say “I love you” every time the stones catch the light.

Rubies should have naturally vivid color and ample light to play inside the stone. They can sometimes have dark or gray spots called extinctions that are obvious when held up to the light. Fewer extinctions mean a more valuable stone.3516-1D8146_085_033_14k


May’s birthstone and a member of the beryl family, emeralds were the favored stones of Cleopatra and are an enduring symbol of a couple’s devotion. These best color qualities of these stones range from a lush, blue-ish green to a pure green with vivid saturation.

As with rubies, transparent emeralds are much more valuable than opaque specimens are. Stones that are true green, not erring into blue or yellow, with saturated color are the most desirable. The iconic emerald cut is designed to protect this fracture-prone stone from damage.

Since most colored gemstones are chemically treated,  it is important to ensure you are getting a natural specimen with no chemical treatments before you make a purchase . As the show-stopping center or a subtle accent, a sapphire, ruby or emerald will add a colorful sparkle to your wedding ensemble.3939-1D49874_229_055_PLAT

The Four Ways Color is Described in Sapphire Engagement Rings

Posted on November 21st, 2015

Since Princess Kate wore a sapphire engagement ring before marrying Prince William, the deep blue stone has become more popular year after year. Sapphires are gorgeous, and when it comes to hardness, these gemstones are second to the diamond. Before choosing a sapphire, however, it is important to understand how sapphires are evaluated based on color. Here are four things to look for when choosing a sapphire engagement ring:1.80ct Asscher Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The Hue of the Sapphire

Most people know the stunning blue color associated with sapphires, but this gemstone is available in all of the colors of the rainbow. The hue of the sapphire is the term that gemologists use to describe the actual color of the stone. The hue of many sapphires is blue, for instance, but a gemologist may also share a secondary color such as yellowish orange or bluish green.5.35ct Cushion Cut Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The Tone of the Sapphire

Another aspect of a sapphire’s color is its tone. Gemologists use the term tone to describe how dark or light the sapphire is. Tone is an important factor when it comes to determining the value of a sapphire, and stones that are too dark or light are valued lower than their medium-colored counterparts. Since not all sapphires are naturally medium in tone, they may be heat treated in order to darken or lighten the gemstone.3.18ct Round Brilliant Cut Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The Saturation of the Sapphire

The third way to describe the color of a sapphire is the saturation of the gemstone. This refers to how intense the color is. To determine the saturation, a gemologist must use a saturation modifier. In sapphires that are green, violet or blue, for instance, a gray modifier is usually used, but in pink, yellow or orange sapphires, a brown modifier is used. You’re able to see the modifying color when saturation is low, which is when you’ll notice hints of brown or grey. Saturation is another vital element that contributes to the value of a sapphire.

The Cut of the Sapphire

3998-5Since the cut of a gemstone affects the color, gemologists use this element to bring out the brilliance and color of the stone. There are a number of cuts that can bring out the color of a sapphire, such as a radiant cut. The cut will also affect the brilliance and luster of the gemstone.

Though there are other aspects to consider before buying a sapphire, most consumers are concerned with the most important feature of the gemstone, the eye-catching, breathtaking color.

Fire and Ice – Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on June 11th, 2015

No longer are we tied to the traditional round brilliant cut diamond solitaire as the primary option for engagement rings.  If you desire some color in your special piece, consider the bold fire and ice contrast of a sapphire and diamond engagement ring.  Sapphires can be used as the center or accent stones.  Regardless of your choice in usage, these incredible and regal gemstones boldly hold their own with diamonds.  Here are some of the beautiful creations offered by Mark Broumand.

1.80ct Asscher Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring

1.80ct Asscher Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand This gorgeous antique styles halo style diamond ring features a 1.00ct Asscher cut center diamond, bezel set and GIA graded at J-VS1. A bold and beautiful contrast is created by a halo of royal blue French cut sapphires reminiscent of many Art Deco Era rings. Your Asscher is nearly colorless with eye clean clarity and regal sparkle. Delicate and clean carré cut diamonds are channel set extending down the shank and milgrain detail appears throughout.  This 18k white gold Asscher cut engagement ring brings vintage beauty to your love of the future.


1.23ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring

1.23ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis lovely and bright 14k white gold ring features a very brilliant round 0.65ct center diamond, certified with a color of G and clarity of SI2.  Two bright and beautiful baguette cut sapphires flank the round brilliant on each side. You will find three additional clear and white round cut diamonds in a pavé setting down each side of the shank. A filigree heart and other delicate designs accent the sapphires and center diamond.  This sleek and elegant ring balances royal blue and brilliant white splendidly.


5.35ct Cushion Cut Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

5.35ct Cushion Cut Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis beautiful custom designed engagement ring features a 3.80ct cushion cut sapphire presented in an incredibly white and bright diamond double halo setting. A diamond studded platinum split shank features marquise cut diamonds down each side also embraced by additional round brilliants. The split ends with a beautiful princess cut diamond in a bezel setting. The sparkle does not end there, as more round brilliant diamonds adorn the connectors and center basket. This rare beauty will become a cherished heirloom for generations.


3.18ct Round Brilliant Cut Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

3.18ct Round Brilliant Cut Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis amazing halo style engagement ring showcases a 1.28ct royal blue round sapphire surrounded by 1.90cts of eight exceptionally white and brilliant round diamonds. The halo presents a unique look, utilizing larger stones for the halo, beautifully secured in a shared prong setting. The high polish platinum and incredibly clear and white diamonds creates a marked contrast for the sapphire. The center basket is constructed with an amazing design, making this piece gorgeous from absolutely every angle. She will love the unique twist on this halo engagement ring.