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Gemstone Combinations: 6 Perfect Pairings for Jewelry

Written by Anna Currell
September 18, 2023

If you’re in the market for new jewelry, the best way to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for is to custom design your own piece. Collaborating with a jewelry designer will present you with a lot of decisions, including which gemstones you want to incorporate into your design. There are many different stones to choose from, and they all have dynamic, beautiful properties that set them apart. Our advice? Don’t limit yourself to just one kind — with so many colors, you can create stunning combinations and have it all. Here are some of our favorite gemstone combinations for jewelry and some ideas for how to incorporate them in your jewelry.

Compelling Gemstone Combinations

There’s truly no limit to the number of ways you can arrange gemstones in your jewelry. Whether you prefer to use aesthetics as your guide or use the meaning of gemstones to influences your choices, here are just a few combinations to give you some inspiration:

#1: Ruby and Diamond

The fiery red of a ruby and the delicate shimmer of a diamond make a striking pair with their exciting color contrast. Rubies are the birthstone for July and are also the traditional 40th wedding anniversary gift, and diamonds are often associated with engagements — if you’re interested in celebrating someone you love with ruby jewelry, adding diamonds is a great way to enhance the romantic red. 

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#2: Sapphire and Emerald

Sapphires and emeralds make an excellent match — the cool tones of the rich blue and vibrant green make a radiant duo, and they’re both eye-catchers. They also both have a high Mohs Hardness rating of 9, so they make a durable team in a ring that can last. Both sapphires and emeralds are associated with nobility and abundance, which can be a great way to give yourself the gift of confidence with a colorful piece of custom jewelry. 

#3: Amethyst and Rose Quartz

Amethyst’s deep purple and the delicate pink hue of rose quartz make a very romantic pair. The contrast of hues is really captivating, and both stones are known to represent love. This can be an especially meaningful and beautiful way to celebrate any type of relationship that’s special to you — there are all kinds of love worth celebrating, and a valentine’s day ruby might not be the right stone for everyone in your life. Maybe an amethyst and rose quartz pendant is the perfect gift for your best friend, sister, or grandmother.

#4: Citrine and Peridot

For a bright and sunny combination, citrine and peridot are a great choice. The springtime green of peridot and the warm yellow of citrine combine to create a warm, sunny vibe, and they’re a great way to add a burst of color to your look. Peridot is associated with light and good luck, and citrine represents positivity and optimism — with this combination, you’re sure to have a light-hearted view of the world.

#5: Aquamarine and Moonstone

For a mystical and whimsical duo, the light blue of aquamarine and the shimmery opalescence of moonstone create a dramatic effect. They’re both light-hued stones, so together they make for an ethereal, glowing vibe. Moonstone represents new beginnings, and aquamarine represents safe journeys; the combination makes a great gift for someone embarking on a new adventure, like graduation, a new job, a big trip, or a move. 

#6: Pearl and Onyx

Opposites attract, which is probably why pearl and onyx make such a perfect match. White iridescent pearls sit opposite of rich black onyx on the color wheel, so their contrast is dramatic and compelling. Pearl symbolizes intuition and faith, while onyx symbolizes strength and protection — you could say in both aesthetic and symbolic association that pearl and onyx are like the yin and yang, an ancient Chinese symbol that indicates harmony with the intermingling of black and white shapes. 

4 Ways to Make Gemstone Patterns

There are so many ways to create intriguing, meaningful jewelry pieces using different gemstone combinations. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Toi et moi: French for “you and me,” the toi et moi ring style is composed of two gemstones. Typically it features your birthstone and your partner’s birthstone, but you can use two stones of any kind at the end of the day. This is a lovely and unique way to honor a relationship while adding a personal dimension to your jewelry. 
  • Birthstone: On the topic of birthstones, you can create meaningful jewelry using birthstones to represent the people you love. If you’re a parent, you could create a pendant with your children’s birthstones embedded into it, or celebrate your friendships with matching beaded bracelets that feature the birthstones of you and your best buds.  
  • Acrostic: An acrostic ring uses the first letter of each gemstone to spell out a word. For example, you can spell the word “adore” using aquamarine, diamond, opal, ruby, and emerald. This is clever and beautiful at the same time, infusing jewelry with meaning in a fun, playful way. 
  • Three stone styles: No matter the jewelry type or gemstones you choose, the classic three-stone pattern is always beautiful. Choose a large stone to act as the featured centerpiece in the middle, and select two smaller stones to balance out the symmetry of your piece.

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Whatever gemstone combinations you choose, remember to have fun getting creative and appreciating the colorful beauty of your jewelry. If you’re feeling inspired and ready to create your own gemstone jewelry, get in touch with our team at Quick Jewelry Repairs. Our expert jewelers will help you every step of the way to create your dream piece of bespoke jewelry

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