Colored stones in an engagement ring? Yes! They're all the rage these days. From Kate Middleton's to-die-for giant sapphire to the Simpson sisters' super unique ruby rings, gemstones in a rainbow of shades are quickly becoming a girl's best friend.
The classic white diamond, while beautiful, yes, isn't as uncommon as you may have once thought. Diamonds aren't actually rare and haven't been since the 1870s, when huge South African diamond mines were discovered.
Many of the colored gemstones, including colored diamonds, are much more rare than white diamonds, believe it or not. And their meanings date back thousands of years. According to historians, the oldest known reference to gemstone meanings can be found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead (1500 BCE). The ancient Egyptians were also responsible for the idea of wedding rings. They believed that the ring finger of the left hand had a special vein, which the Romans later dubbed the vein of love, running directly to the heart. Thus, when you choose a gemstone for your engagement or wedding ring, you're asking for certain energies to enter your life, and most importantly, your marriage.