Opal is October's birthstone. As October's birthstone, all types of opal jewelry, anything from opal earrings to opal rings to opal necklaces, are wonderful and thoughtful gifts for anyone with an October birthday or any mother-to-be expecting in October. Opal's inclusion as a birthstone is no doubt due to the stone's unique play of color, a striking feature in which the stone appears as multiple color combinations, such as black, red, and green or white and blue. Before becoming a birthstone, this play of color inspired the opal's use in various ancient myths around the world.
In the myths of Ancient Greece, Zeus had to fight Cronus and the Titans before he could rule Mount Olympus. The battle was long and hard fought. So much so that when Zeus and his siblings finally won, he cried tears of joy. As the sunlight passes through his tears they changed colors and become opals.
And in the Far East, a story is told about a gorgeous and stunning mortal woman who is being pursued by three different gods. A fourth god takes pity on her and turns her into mist. Once the pursuing gods have realized this, they infuse their core colors into the mist: Brahma infuses blue, Vishnu infuses gold, and Shiva infuses red. In order to reflect the colors of all three of the gods, the woman, who is now mist, is transformed into a gorgeous gem which would later be named the opal.
Once you've met your Prince Charming, and you've had that enchanted discussion about spending the rest of your lives together, the next step is to assist him in choosing the fairy-tale diamond engagement ring you've always wanted. To do this, it's always wise to be armed with appropriate information. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when shopping for diamond engagement rings.Styles of engagement rings
There are so many styles of beautiful, wholesale engagement rings with diamonds to choose from. You can choose from modern and flashy, or vintage and classic. Do you want side accent stones? What size diamond do you want? Then there's the option of how many diamonds to have: solitaire, cluster of two, three stone, or more. When those decisions are made, then you have to look at all the different shapes available. These include, but are not limited to: round, oval, cushion, heart, Asscher, Marquise, princess, pear, radiant and others. Go with what speaks to you. After all, you're the one who will be wearing it for many years to come! Make sure your diamond engagement ring compliments your personality, style, and most of all, your life of love.Engagement rings settings
If you thought there were a lot of choices when it came to the cut, sizes, and style of your diamond engagement ring, wait till you see how many different types of settings there are! Prong settings
: hold the diamond in position with the help of four to six prongs in engagement rings.Bezel settings
: these use an extra piece of metal to surround the diamond. Pave settings
: A beaded ring metal is used to unite small diamonds together in place. It gives the illusion of endless sparkle.Channel settings
: A metal channel around the diamonds. The stones are embedded in the metal without separation by tiny pieces of metal. Invisible settings
: These are highly preferred as you generally can’t make out how the diamonds are incorporated within the metal frame.
The "cut" of a diamond sometimes gets confused with the shape of the diamond. The "cut" actually indicates the method by which the stone is molded shape in order to maximize the light refraction and makes sparkles. It does not indicate the stone shape.Final selection
Be sure that you love the diamond engagement ring you choose. Ask to check out the diamond with a jeweler's loupe so you can see the clarity and if there are any imperfections. An expertly cut diamond will refract ample light giving you a dazzling engagement ring. Generally, larger carat diamonds tend to be of a better quality, but make sure that you don't just select a large stone for the sheer size of it. Also remember to think about engagement rings sets so you know from the beginning that your wedding band matches your diamond engagement ring perfectly. Keep in mind your daily life, too. If you're an active person, perhaps a large stone wouldn't be as good for you as it might tend to get stuck on things and get damaged during the course of your day.
When budget is an issue, be sure to explore wholesale diamonds engagement rings. Wholesale diamonds and engagement rings open up a whole world of low cost options for you, including 14k white gold engagement rings, and engagement rings wedding sets.
Currently, round brilliant diamond white gold engagement rings are the most popular among modern brides. However, if this isn't what you want and you can't find your dream ring in an online diamond jewelry showcase, you also have another option – ask about custom designed engagement rings! With a custom design, you get to choose exactly what you want! Visit us
at John S. Cryan Jewelers today, and talk to us about designing your very own custom engagement ring. Find out for yourself why we're the best jeweler in Buck's County, PA!