As beautiful as they are white diamonds are just one of a multitude of gemstones that can be used in engagement rings. The durability and brilliant sparkle of diamonds make them highly prized and a natural choice for a ring which symbolises enduring love but they are far from the only suitable gemstones to use.
Ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, garnet and spinel all make excellent gemstones for engagement rings and open up a broad palette of colour choices, as well as options to suit all budgets.
When choosing a gemstone for an engagement ring consider it’s durability; an engagement ring is designed to be worn everyday, for a lifetime. Along with diamond, ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, garnet and spinel are hard enough to withstand everyday wear and will remain sparkling for years. Softer stones may be used but will need to be treated carefully and could scratch in time.
Bringing colour into the equation also means more opportunity to work symbolism into the design. For example traditional associations of ruby with blood, fire and romance, and of sapphire with truth and beauty can be brought into play.
Gentle tones such as soft pinks or champagne colours can be a good way of introducing easy-to-wear colour that will endure the test of time and changing tastes.
If you do opt for a diamond consider that there are shades ranging from palest pink, to canary yellow and rich, deep cognac. For ideas see some of our previous designs for engagement rings with coloured gemstones.
There are many options and a rainbow of colours to choose from. Whatever you decide bear in mind that gemstones are naturally formed and no two are exactly alike – when you find the right one don’t pass it by!