While diamonds remain the most popular choice for the centerpiece of engagement rings – other gemstones are starting to move into the spot light. Each with their own unique set of attributes, gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies are being sought after by couples looking for something a little different.

When it comes to engagement rings, the ‘rules’ are changing and all that really matters is what you and your partner want. As long as you love it – go for it! Here are our favourite alternatives to the diamond engagement ring.


When they were first discovered, moissanites were thought to be diamonds, but upon further examination, it was found that their chemical makeup was different. They are the second hardest mineral in the world behind diamonds which make them a fantastic and more wallet friendly option to their diamond counterparts. Complete with blinding sparkle– these gorgeous gem stones will look great on anyone!


Morganite is a pink to peach variety of beryl (emerald). Morganite stones are known for their high degree of clarity and brilliance that make them shine as the center of any engagement ring. Pairing perfectly with rose gold, the warm undertones deliver a unique twist on classice engagement rings.


Did you know that until the 20th century, sapphires were actually a more popular choice in engagement rings? What first comes to mind is usually the deep blue sapphires (hello, Titanic) but these beautiful stones also come in white, pinks and greens. Aside from their beauty, sapphires are excellent choices for engagement rings due to their durability.



Another member of the beryl family, aquamarines are the pale blue sisters to morganite and emeralds. Exceptional clarity and delicate hues make aquamarines a popular choice for individuals looking for a lighter alternative to deep blue sapphires.


Vintage lovers look no further–rubies pair perfectly with more traditional yellow gold, but will also hold their own in a more modern white gold setting. They have long been thought of as rare beautiful gems and have been associated with love and passion due to their deep red colour.


Amethysts come in a wide range of colours from deep purple to pink. Pastel, lavender hues of amethyst look particularly stunning when accented by diamonds. Most amethysts have excellent clarity and make a unique engagement ring.


Highly valued by royals throughout history, emeralds are one of the rarest gemstones and make a beautiful choice for an engagement ring. Legend has it that wearing emeralds can give you the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It has also been believed that emerald has the power to cure disease and protect against evil.

As you can see, the choices are endless– so, if you are wanting a one of a kind engagement ring, consider a diamond alternative. Happy Planning!