Fox TV's hot primetime soap The OC prides itself on
being over the top. So it's not surprising that when
characters Julie Cooper and Caleb Nichol became
engaged this season, the ring had to be a real
attention-getter. And it was: a 5.95-carat Colombian
emerald flanked by two half-moon shaped diamonds
totaling 1.62 carats. The ring's intense green color
was a statement that Julie was not an ordinary bride.
But Julie is not nearly as unusual as you might think.
In search of an expression of individuality and
romance, more and more couples are choosing
colored gemstones for their engagement rings.