Non-Diamond Engagement Ring Alternatives

Diamond centers are by no means a requirement for a beautiful engagement ring. Many brides and grooms prefer a pop of color that a sapphire, emerald or other colored gemstone can provide. Non-diamond engagement rings are increasing in popularity, and these distinctive ring styles are a gorgeous way to express your love. It’s also a great way to keep a vintage family ring in play, or introduce a new family heirloom.

Sapphires are a durable gem that hold up to the day-to-day wear for those brides reluctant to go without it. Not only beautiful, the rich royal-blue is flattering on any skin tone.


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The Art Nouveau era (1890-1910) often featured dreamy center gems the likes of moonstone, amethyst, citrine, opal and pearl.


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Rubies have a long history of symbolizing love, courage, passion and protection. The gem of choice for ancient Kings and Queens, rubies are versatile to any setting or combination.


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Aquamarine means “water of the sea”, and these gems gained popularity in the early 18th century. Aquamarines come in colors ranging from the pale blue to dark blue-greens, and usually have excellent clarity. They can also be found in some ridiculously large sizes… go big or go home, am I right? For something a little more one-of-a-kind, try a raw, uncut gem as your center.


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Aside from being unique and obviously stunning, non-diamond rings offer greater affordability for the budget-conscious bride and groom.

 – Catherine Thorpe

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