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Gemstone Corner: The Big Three...

When we think of jewelry, we think of love, beauty, wealth, glamour, intrigue and more. Always fashionable and always exciting, jewelry always leaves us wanting more. Today, we are demanding bigger and better quality sapphires, rubies and emeralds, the big three gemstones that dominate fine jewelry designs.

Blue is the color of choice right now, making sapphire the current best-seller among colored gems. Sapphire, the stone of remembrance, symbolizes sincerity and faithfulness, making it a unique choice for engagement rings. The three-stone engagement ring with dark blue sapphire center is a favorite among sophisticated consumers. The sapphire also is an amulet for Taurus, the birthstone for September and a traditional gift for the fifth and 45th wedding anniversaries.

Considered a gift of love, rubies flanked by diamonds in rings, pendants or necklaces are a favorite among heartfelt romantics. Celebrated in the Bible and ancient history as the most prized of all gemstones, rubies have symbolized passion and romance for centuries. The birthstone for July, ruby is also recommended for couples celebrating their 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.

And emerald remains hot as the fashion world turns its sights on themes of nature. Emerald, May's birthstone, symbolizes hope, rebirth and the arrival of spring. In ancient times, emerald was believed to have a soothing effect of the soul. Today, in fact, scientists have proven that the human eye is more sensitive to green than any other color. It is the traditional gift of choice for couples celebrating their 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.