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When it comes to fine jewelry, diamonds tend to get a lot of attention. But no jewelry collection is complete without a few high-quality colored gemstones — especially the “big three” gems: emeralds, rubies and sapphires.

Believe it or not, very fine gemstones can have a higher per-carat value than diamonds. That’s because they are quite rare and possess remarkable hardness and durability.

Let’s take a look at the rich history behind these three gems and pick up some styling tips from the experts at Eiseman Jewels.



Mankind’s love affair with emeralds stretches back thousands of years. In fact, Cleopatra was known to gift emeralds carved with her portrait to her important visitors. According to myth, emeralds bring vitality, fertility and clarity of vision in matters of love and business.

Famous Emeralds

In 1953, John F. Kennedy proposed to his future First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier, with a 2.84-carat emerald and 2.88-carat diamond ring. The unique setting also features daintier baguette diamonds and a yellow gold setting. It is reportedly worth over $1 million.

How to Wear Emeralds

Emeralds are bold stones that generally should be worn alone. The exception is to pair your emeralds with diamonds, which won’t detract from their rich green color. Emeralds can also be worn with other emeralds, but be sure to consider scale when putting together your look. A large emerald cocktail ring worn with a large pair of emerald earrings or a statement necklace can easily look overdone. Instead, opt for a delicate pendant or small-scale earrings to balance your look.



Coined the King of Gems, the ruby has been considered one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones on Earth for thousands of years. As a symbol of passion, it makes an ideal romantic gift. Rubies are traditionally given for 15th or 40th anniversaries.

Famous Rubies

One of the most famous ruby rings in history is the one given to Elizabeth Taylor by her husband, Richard Burton. Burton presented Taylor with the fabulous 8.24-carat Burmese ruby and diamond ring for Christmas in 1968. After Taylor’s death, the ring sold for over $4 million.

How to Wear Rubies

Ruby rings with smaller stones are perfect for everyday and can easily be worn with other jewelry. Larger stones are perfect for special occasions and look stunning by themselves or when paired with diamonds. Ruby eternity rings and pavé rings have an equally dramatic effect. These styles are a little easier to wear for all occasions without looking over the top. 



Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world, scoring a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. The only substance found in nature that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond. Sapphire’s durability makes it an excellent choice for engagement rings and other jewelry worn every day.

Famous Sapphires

The most famous royal sapphire is the engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer by Prince Charles in 1981. Their son, Prince William, later slipped that same ring onto Kate Middleton’s finger on their engagement day in 2010. It features an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

How to Wear Sapphires

Diamonds and sapphires make for a stunning combination of jewels. While gorgeous on their own, they look even better when worn together, whether in the same piece of jewelry or together in the same suite.

To shop a beautiful selection of emerald, ruby and sapphire jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.


Does your birthday fall in the month of May? If so, the emerald is your birthstone. Emeralds are the rarest of all gemstones, making them an extraordinary gift for May birthdays. Emeralds are also traditionally given to celebrate the 55th anniversary of marriage.

The word “emerald” is derived from variants on the Latin word esmaralda or smaragdus, meaning “green.” Emeralds are said to be a symbol of rebirth and provide the wearer with foresight, good fortune and youth.

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The emerald has been revered by many cultures for over six thousand years. It was sold in the markets of Babylon as early as 4,000 B.C. It was dedicated to Venus by the ancient Romans, worshipped by the Incas and used as a talisman by Aristotle, Alexander the Great and Charlemagne. Emeralds are said to be a symbol of rebirth and to provide the wearer with foresight, good fortune and youth.

Emeralds were considered a symbol of eternal life in ancient Egypt and were prized above all other gems by queen Cleopatra. Ancient Egyptian mummies were often buried with an emerald carved with the symbol of verdure, or flourishing greenness, on their necks to symbolize eternal youth. The emerald mines in Upper Egypt, which were rediscovered a hundred years ago, are some of the oldest in the world and were called Cleopatra’s mines for her love of the stone.


One of the largest emeralds ever discovered is the Mogul Emerald, which weighs in at 217.80 carats. It is about 10 cm high.

A 1-carat emerald appears larger than a 1-carat diamond because emeralds have a lower density.

An emerald pendant necklace owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for a record-breaking $6.5 million (about $280,000 per carat) in 2011.

The oldest emeralds are about 2.97 billion years old.

For a beautiful selection of birthstone jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.


There are few better ways to show Mom just how much you love and appreciate her than with an exquisite piece of jewelry that she’ll cherish forever. The experts at Eiseman Jewels are here to offer a few Mother’s Day gift suggestions that are sure to surprise and delight the mothers in your life this year.


Nothing is more valuable to a mother than quality time spent with her family. Remind her of all the wonderful hours you’ve shared together with the Rolex Datejust, which features a mother-of-pearl and diamond bezel.

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Let Mom keep those close to her heart even closer with a Monica Rich Kosann locket engraved with her children’s initials.


These Seaman Schepps bracelets, crafted with semi-precious gems and pearls in 18-karat gold, perfectly capture a mom’s colorful life and will enhance any of her favorite outfits.

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A charming pavé angel pendant with diamond bezel from Temple St. Clair makes a great keepsake from Mom’s own little angels.

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Curious what Richard Eiseman’s top pick for Mother’s Day might be? He suggests an important sapphire that Mom can have made into a ring or pendant to suit her unique personal style.


Engrave a special note on a diamond pendant in 18-karat white or rose gold for Mom to carry everywhere she goes.

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These emerald stud earrings make a lovely gift for mothers-to-be due this month, since emeralds are the birthstone for May. Every time she wears them, she’ll look back fondly at this special time in her life.


And the best way to show her a little appreciation? Diamonds of course! Motherhood is no easy task, so show your wife how much you care with an upgraded diamond band and earrings.

For a breathtaking full selection of Mother’s Day jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.


There are many physical features that make us all unique, but one of the most fundamental is the way our faces are shaped. But whether round, square, diamond or heart shaped, Eiseman Jewels has earrings that will make your features—and jewelry—stand out in the best way possible.



If you have a diamond-shaped face with a narrow hairline and jaw and prominent cheekbones, choose a style that balances out your angles. Studs, bottom-heavy chandelier earrings or small hoops (such as these gorgeous Gumuchian diamond baubles) are the most flattering on you. It’s best to avoid styles that are wider at the top and narrow at the bottom.




For round faces, it’s important to add length through your jewelry. Stay away from hoops and circular studs, as they won’t add much length to your look. Long, skinny earrings—especially those with a twist or a curve—will be the most complementary. These sleek diamond and emerald earrings definitely elongate your face with elegance.




Square faces typically mean square jaw lines. and earrings that are longer than they are wide work best with angular faces. Teardrops, exaggerated shapes and dangles do wonders for this shape, while anything square-like should be avoided. Katie Decker designed these unique gold, diamond and crystal dangles that highlight your face while adding a bit of whimsy to your wardrobe.




If your face is oval, lucky you—those are the easiest to match! Showy studs and round earrings are more flattering for a long, narrow face. But dazzling drop earrings and dramatic chandeliers also accentuate your face’s smooth curves. We love these classic pearl and gold studs by Yvel, as they are the perfect accessory for any outfit, day or night.




For faces that look like an inverted triangle, look for an earring that hangs away from your face to offset the angle created by a narrow-set chin. Earrings that are narrower on top and wider on the bottom, such as these one-of-a-kind opal and gold earrings by Lika Behar, are your best bet. 




Heart-shaped faces can’t go wrong with a terrific set of teardrops, especially when they come in a variety of colors and stones like these by Ray Griffiths. Any earring that is wider at the bottom will help balance out your face. Stay away from studs and earrings that taper off at the bottom.



To see more examples of what to wear (or what not to wear) based on the shape of your face, stop in to Eiseman Jewels to have one of our specialists work with you to find your best look.