Say the words ‘engagement ring’ and ‘stone’ together and you probably don’t think about colored gemstones. Chances are you said ‘diamond’. It’s only natural because since the 1930s, the media has been drumming it into our heads that diamonds are forever, they’re a girl’s best friend and that if you truly love her, you have to give her a diamond.
Diamonds have become nearly synonymous with engagement rings, but this doesn’t mean that they should be your only choice. If you explore the world of gemstones, you’ll be amazed by the number of high-quality gemstones out there that make for perfect engagement rings. Think Sapphire, Ruby, Opal, Morganite, Aquamarine, Alexandrite, Topaz, Tourmaline… the list is endless.
Here are our top reasons outlining why you probably should consider a non-diamond engagement ring.
Colored Gemstones – They color you up
Why limit yourself to colorless when you have a world of colourful stones to choose from? Colors allow you to express your personality and sense of style. They also add that extra touch that completes your look. You can find a gemstone for every shade of color you can think of. If blue is your color, think of a blue sapphire engagement ring. Light blue? Consider an aquamarine. Dark blue? Why not a rare Tanzanite? The point is, there is a gemstone for every color you can think of, so get creative.
A better price
Gemstones come in a variety of prices to suit your budget and you often don’t have to compromise on quality to find one that fits your budget. For example, a good quality Morganite or Tanzanite will typically be less expensive than a similar sized diamond, even though they may be rarer and just as beautiful. While sapphires, rubies and emeralds are pricier, they too are often less expensive than diamonds.
Choose your meaning
By expanding your interest to other gemstones, you will be able to explore their individual symbolism and choose one that speaks to you and your loved one. Not everyone believes in gemstone symbology, but it definitely adds a nice romantic touch to your rock. For example, a ruby symbolises endless passion, loyalty, love and desire. Doesn’t that make for a great engagement ring?
You could also opt for a birthstone to represent your birth months or the a special date such as the month in which you met, proposed or plan to get married. The opportunities are endless.
Most couples prefer to walk down the traditional diamond route but an increasing number of people are moving towards more unique engagement ring ideas. There has been a rise in the number of couples choosing gemstones and it’s easy to see why.
With a gemstone, you can flout tradition to express your style, your preferences and what is important to you. If you want to go bold, pick a black onyx engagement ring. See what we mean?
So, to wrap up, gemstones can add that unique touch and express your couple style to the world often at a reasonable price. Ready to start digging through color? A world of colorful gemstones awaits!