Mention combining stones in jewelry pieces and most people will think of a small diamond or diamonds accenting a colored stone. This is such a popular combination because it usually looks quite nice. However, accent stones don’t have to be diamonds. Many colored stones go together nicely, too. For example, aquamarine and rhodolite garnet complement each other very well. Either one can be the primary stone. Light aquamarine can complement most richer colored gems. If you move beyond just diamonds to colored accent stones, you’ll open the door to greater creativity in jewelry design.

Advice for Combining Stones

A Gem in the Hand

If you’re interested in combining stones, I have one piece of hard advice for you. Choose your combinations from colored gems that you actually have in hand. Subtle variations in shades of color make a considerable difference in gem compatibility. You can’t accurately visualize this, since gems often come in different shades. Additionally, images in print catalogs or online can’t reproduce the subtle tones of the individual stones they depict.

Explore Gem Combinations with Customers

On several occasions, customers have come to me with certain gem combinations in mind. As it turned out, they didn’t go together…