Alternative Gemstones for Non-Traditional Engagement & Wedding Rings

You may be surprised to find out that diamonds haven’t always been the most popular choice for engagement rings. Although they’re now considered the traditional choice, diamonds didn’t commonly appear as the feature stone on engagement rings until the 1930s. In fact, the emergence of the diamond as the go-to choice for engagement rings can be traced back to an advertising campaign by the De Beers Company. However, the number of people choosing alternate stones is rising showing that diamonds aren’t everyone’s number one choice.

Whether you’re looking for alternatives that are more budget friendly, or you’re interested in something more non-traditional, there are many alternatives to diamonds available!

3 key considerations when choosing an engagement or wedding ring gemstone

1. Budget

Diamonds are considered one of the most expensive gemstones available and can cost around $12,000 per carat. One of the benefits of choosing an alternative stone is that you can get a better quality gemstone for a lower price. If you’re considering a cut gemstone the price will be influenced by the four Cs: carat, clarity, color, and cut. Put simply, the bigger, clearer, brighter, and better-cut stones will generally carry a higher price tag.

2. Hardness and durability

One of the main reasons that diamonds work so well for engagement and weddings rings is their durability. Rings that are worn every day need a stone that can survive a lot of wear and tear. Gemstones are rated between 1 and 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. Diamonds are rated 10, the hardest level available. Other stones that rank high on the Mohs scale include aquamarines, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and spinels.

3. Clarity

Generally, when picking a stone clarity will be one of the most important factors as it greatly affects the appearance of the stone. However, when you’re considering diamond alternatives you may find that color plays a bigger part than clarity in your decision. Other gems offer a much wider color range than diamonds so identify the stone color you find most appealing to narrow down your search!

Alternative options for the non-traditional bride

The alternatives to diamonds are not only more affordable but also come in a wide range of colors, cuts, and shapes. Gem Rock Auctions offers a wide range of gemstones that make stunning non-traditional rings!

Sapphire Engagement Rings

Sapphires are an impressive 9 on the Mohs scale making them a highly durable choice for an engagement or wedding ring. Although blue sapphires from Sri Lanka and Kashmir have been the traditional choice you can now easily find green and yellow sapphires from Australia if you’d prefer an alternative color.

Ruby Engagement Rings

Ruby also achieves a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, making if suitable for even the most adventurous bride. Choose a vivid red ruby to make a statement with your gem choice. Or if you’d prefer a softer hued tone you can pick a pinker ruby, which also comes with a more affordable price tag.

Spinel Engagement Rings

Spinel has been gaining popularity since the early 2000s. With an 8 on the Mohs scale it’s a hard-wearing option for engagement rings. Spinel is often found alongside rubies and although it’s mined in many locations around the world the ruby red spinel from Burma, and pink spinel from Tanzania and Tajikistan boast the most striking colors.

With the huge range of diamond alternatives available for engagement and wedding rings it’s easier than ever to find the perfect ring. Choose a stone with the color and cut that best fits your love and you’ll find a ring that will be treasured for life!

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