Mixing Stones in Diamond Jewelry
For some occasions, like weddings, diamonds are so deeply traditional that it can almost seem like an offense not to get them. Other times, it may not be so much the occasion as the impact you want the item to have. Diamonds, more than any other gems are a sign of prestige and of real investment in the piece of jewelry and, by extension, in the person you are giving it to. If you want a piece of jewelry to be a truly special gift, it should have diamonds.
However, while diamonds are beautiful, they may not always provide exactly the look you or the person who will be wearing the piece might desire. Many people want more color on their jewelry or have another stone that holds emotional or personal significance, such as their birthstone. However, if you choose carefully, you can have your cake and eat it too, by combining other stones into diamond jewelry.
Big or Small
The most important design aspect when mixing diamonds with other gemstones is which gem will be the ‘featured’ one. In most cases, one piece of jewelry will have only one other type of stone along with the diamonds, although there are exceptions. But do you want a piece that features the diamond, or the other stone?
Essentially, this decision comes down to the reason that you are including the other stone, although the purpose of the jewelry also plays a factor. For example, for engagement rings, you will usually want to feature the diamond in the primary, central setting- probably a larger diamond- and have the other gem as an accent. This is a good way of giving the engagement ring additional meaning if there is a stone that is important to you or your partner.
However, if the other gemstone has a very high amount of sentimental value, if the jewelry is not an engagement ring, or if you cannot afford a large diamond, it may be the better choice to use the diamonds as ornamentation. With this option, you feature the colored gemstones and whatever sentimental meaning they have, while the diamonds elevate the piece’s prestige without being overwhelming or too expensive.
Fortunately, the same reason that some people prefer other stones to diamonds also means that diamonds complement any other stone – they are a plain, neutral color. This means that your choice of stones should be dictated by other factors.
The first and most important factor for an effective gift is to choose a meaningful stone. Birthstones are the stones that most frequently have sentimental value, but not the only ones. People may attach different meanings to stones for a variety of reasons. For instance, some types of precious stones are said to have different mental or spiritual affects or meanings. Texture can sometimes be a factor, too, as some people choose to mix diamonds with pearls, which are similarly colored but have a very different texture.
You don’t have to have a ring you feel is ‘boring’ because of tradition, and you don’t have to lose the symbolism of diamonds just to get a piece you like the look of. While the solitaire diamond may still be the stereotypical engagement ring, there are plenty of slightly less conventional options available that mix diamonds with other gemstones. With these pieces, you can combine personal sentimental value with the traditional significance of diamonds and get a ring or other piece of jewelry that is truly special to you. Because of this flexibility, this trend will likely only continue to grow.