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A Pop Of Color: Diamonds may be forever, but other stones are shining bright

Diamonds may be a girl's BFF, but sapphires, rubies, tourmalines, and other colored stones are getting quite chummy too, turning up in engagement rings in greater numbers. The most famous non-diamond engagement ring in the world, Kate Middleton's dazzling 18-carat sapphire, sparked a rush on the blue gemstone last winter, but the shift to color was trending well before Prince William slipped the family heirloom onto Kate's lithesome ring finger. "Prior to the royal engagement, we were seeing an increase in colored gemstone engagement rings," says Adam Graham, marketing manager for the American Gem Trade Association. "Celebrities who drive many trends were...

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