A Gentleman’s guide

December 16. 2019

The Gentlemen’s Guide to the 4Cs of Gemstones

On choosing the PERFECT gemstone 


Selecting the perfect gem colour for a gemstone is critical. Looking to your partner’s signature style and preference for colour palette is critical. An engagement ring should be something they feel is easily worn and matched in their wardrobe. When choosing colour there are a few categories to bear in mind to narrow down to the right choice of colour. 


  • VIBRANT: Greens, Purples, Reds, Yellows, Orange

(Emeralds, Amethyst, Ruby, Citrine, Garnet)


  • SUBTLE LIGHT TONES: Baby Blue, Teal, Light Pink, Greys, Pastels 

(Aquamarine, Morganite, Kunzite, Grey Spinel, Pink Spinel) 


  • MONOCHROMATIC: Colorless, White, Black 

(Diamond, Black Diamond) 


  • VERSATILE DARKS: Navy Blue, Deep Green, Black, Wine tones 

(Blue Sapphire, Emerald, Garnet)



Selecting the perfect cut for a gemstone is a fun process.  There are the most classical shapes such as the round brilliant, oval and emerald cut. Other shapes that can be experimented with: are pear-shaped, princess-cut, square cut, trillion-cut, cushion-cut, and marquise-cut.  Heart-shaped stones are very pretty, but not commonly used. Sometimes a combination of different shapes can also produce a ring that is truly unique and personal!



Selecting the perfect size of stone is another key factor in creating the perfect ring. It boils down to personal style, and also the lifestyle of the individual. Does your partner prefer styles that are delicate, and subtle? Or does your partner like to make a statement with their jewellery? Smaller stones can be combined with other stones or diamonds to create a 3-stone ring for example to give a bit of personality and flair. Bigger stones can be set with melee diamonds or other gemstones to accent the main stone. Carat weight pertains to size, and should also match one’s lifestyle. A very active person may prefer something sleeker. 



Clarity of a gemstone can be complex. Seek advice from our resident gemologist. For example, some gems such as Aquamarines come mostly without inclusions, as opposed to gemstones such as Emeralds where they are highly included. What mostly determines a high-quality emerald is the vibrant colour. Treatments help to lessen inclusions and enhance their colour. Natural stones are much more highly valued than treated stones. Having said that, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder: and sometimes-beautiful inclusions or characteristics within the gemstone can prove to make the stone unique and distinguishable.