While in South Florida, we haven’t been hit with the storms that battered the East Coast, it doesn’t mean white diamonds can’t serve as an icy reminder of winter and the scenes we see on the Weather Channel. Bright colored gemstones in rainbow styles remind us of fun, flair, and festivals—and never go out of style. Right now, colored stones and rainbow jewelry are enjoying a resurgence, which means pawn shops in South Florida may have antique and vintage pieces that you won’t find in traditional jewelry stores. And because colored stones are so popular, they’re even trending in engagement rings, which means you could find a one-of-a-kind piece for your betrothed in a local pawn shop.
Designers have always loved rubies, sapphires, emeralds, tourmalines, and opals, and why not? No artist likes to paint with just one color. More intricate and interesting designs are at the designers’ disposal when they can contrast glittering colors. Admirers say diamonds are pretty, but colored stone arrangements are always more interesting.
Part of the reason for the resurgence in popularity is recent grading standards that allow colored gemstones to be assessed for quality in much the same way diamonds are with the 4Cs. This gives them a little more street cred as valuable stones, and that’s appealing to those who like luxury. For the rest of us, we just want it to dazzle and that could even mean using less expensive garnets and topaz.
Next time you’re jewelry shopping at pawn shops in South Florida, take special note of the colored stone examples—if there are any left to find. The current popularity has these items flying off the shelves.