Non-Diamond Gemstones for Engagement Rings

Non-Diamond Gemstones for Engagement Rings

If you’re getting ready to pop the question, but thinking twice about a diamond ring, we’re here to tell you that there are a number of great alternatives on the market that will make gorgeous and unique engagement rings. After all, everyone does diamonds on their ring finger—why not shake it up a bit? In fact, the idea that engagement rings should always feature diamonds is a relatively new one. Not long ago you could find all kinds of different stones in engagement rings.


As one of the highest valued gemstones on the market, rubies are brilliant in both color and quality. In its purest form, ruby is colorless, but the form we usually see in our jewelry ranges from an orange-red to a purplish red, its intensity depending on the amount of (or rather, lack of) iron. Ruby is truly an exquisite stone, and its sure to make your engagement ring stand out among the crowd.


Savvy and unique, a sapphire stone is sure to stand out without being too out-of-the-box. Sapphires are typically blue, but they also come in a number of other hues such as peach, pink, green, yellow, and white. You can also add a pave halo similar to that of the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring for a more elegant look.


Amethyst is a simple yet beautiful stone. It only comes in purple, although the range of purples is quite wide (anything from a light lilac to a royal purple). So it would be a great stone if your significant other loves the color purple.


There’s nothing better than a gorgeous emerald ring. The brilliant green that comes from an emerald is sure to dazzle everyone, not to mention their sparkle and clarity. And, because they have a lower density, a one-carat emerald will seem larger than a one-carat diamond.


Turquoise gemstones may lack the sparkle that comes with stones like sapphires or emeralds, but the deep, rich color is still a flattering look. It can range from greens to blues and can gain greater elegance by adding in small diamonds or other stones.

We hope to have piqued your curiosity with our suggestions of a couple of alternatives to diamonds for engagement rings. But remember: the most important thing is to give a ring that you know your spouse to be will love to wear. If you know that’s not a diamond but you’re unsure where to turn next, the experts at Frank Pollak & Sons are happy to help— just give us a call at 1-800-342-3878.

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