Why choose a gemstone engagement ring, and which are the best options?
While diamonds have traditionally been the top choice for engagement rings, more and more couples are opting for gemstones to add a unique touch to their commitment. But the unique look is not just the only reason – let’s explore the compelling reasons to choose gemstones for your engagement ring and go through the best gemstones to consider.
Why choose a gemstone engagement ring over a diamond?
1. Unique and personalised
Gemstones offer a vast array of colours, each with its unique symbolism and personality. Unlike diamonds, which primarily come in shades of white (however, you can shop our coloured lab-grown diamonds, here), gemstones come in a rainbow of colours, allowing you to select a stone that resonates with your personal style. A white diamond isn’t for everyone – so whether you prefer the fiery red of a ruby, the calming blue of a sapphire, or the vibrant green of an emerald, you can choose a gemstone that speaks to you and your partner’s individuality.
In many cases, gemstones are more affordable than diamonds of similar size and quality. This affordability can allow you to choose a larger gem size, as opposed to the same carat weight in a diamond. Choosing a large gemstone for your engagement ring is an excellent way to make a bold and eye-catching statement without compromising on quality.
Gemstones have been associated with various meanings and symbolism throughout history. For example:
- Ruby symbolizes love, passion, and energy.
- Sapphire represents loyalty and commitment.
- Emerald is associated with harmony and new beginnings.
- Amethyst signifies peace and protection.
Additionally, different gemstones are associated with different birth months, which adds extra meaning – for an extra special ‘secret’ layer of meaning, you could opt for yours or your fiancée’s birthstone, your child’s birthstone, or even a combination of all three.
By selecting a gemstone (or multiple gemstones) that hold special meaning for you and your partner, you can craft your ring with deep, personal symbolism.
While gemstones are not as hard as diamonds, many of them are still quite durable and suitable for everyday wear. Sapphire, for instance, is second in hardness only to diamonds, making it an excellent choice for an engagement ring that will withstand the test of time, meaning your ring will last you a lifetime, just as a diamond ring would.
Gemstones work well with a variety of engagement ring designs. Whether you prefer a classic solitaire setting, a vintage-inspired halo design, or a modern look, gemstones can be incorporated beautifully into any style. Their vibrant colours can add a striking contrast or complement other metals and diamonds in the ring’s design.
The best gemstones for your engagement ring
While there are numerous gemstones to choose from, a few stand out as popular and timeless choices. All of the following gemstones range from 7.5-9 hardness on the Mohs scale, so are suitable for daily wear if they don’t withstand very hard knocks or damage.
- Sapphire: Known for its deep blue colour, sapphire is a classic choice symbolising loyalty and wisdom.
- Ruby: The bright red of a ruby represents love and passion, making it a symbol of romance.
- Emerald: With its rich green hue, emerald symbolises renewal and growth, making it an ideal choice for a fresh start.
- Aquamarine: This light blue gemstone signifies tranquillity and harmony, making aquamarine a soothing choice for an engagement ring.
- Amethyst: A beautiful purple stone that represents peace and protection, amethyst is a unique option with a meaningful background.
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