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      Alternatives to diamond engagement rings

      diamond engagement rings

      When it comes to engagement rings, the classic choice is a beautiful white diamond. Dating back to 1477, diamond engagement rings have been a sacred symbol, with the hardened rock signifying sincere, pure love that is strong and everlasting.

      Engagement rings have come a long way, with various styles seen blessing brides’ hands across the world, including celebrities. Nowadays, diamonds are still a popular choice for engagement rings, but they aren’t the only option. While the sparkle of a diamond is undoubtedly appealing, it simply isn’t for everyone.

      If you are searching for an alternative engagement ring that differs from tradition, we have good news because there are several stones available. Offering an abundance of unique shapes and colours, we’ve listed some of the alluring substitutes to the classic diamond below.

      SapphiresAli and Andrew

      As timeless as the diamond is, sapphires also make for a compelling engagement ring stone. It’s not only a stunning option, but a durable one as well, being the third hardest mineral. This quality makes sapphire suitable for the everyday wear of an engagement ring.

      Sapphire engagement rings have graced the hands of well-known figures, including royalty. Princess Diana’s ring, which has now been passed down to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is an elegant sapphire and diamond design. Commonly royal blue, sapphires can also range in hue, including pink, yellow, green and white, making it a flexible alternative.

      Amethystamethyst

      If it is a rare design you are looking for, an amethyst might be the top choice for your engagement ring stone. Possessing a deep violet hue, this stone doesn’t just stand out from the crowd with its bright colour; it also delivers a vintage appeal.

      While it doesn’t share the same durability as a diamond, it can still make a quality engagement ring. Making up for its durability, it offers something the conventional diamond does not – a calming effect.

      Believed to have healing and calming properties, amethysts are incorporated into jewellery beyond the engagement ring, making it the desired stone.

      Rubiesrubies

      A suitable option for the bold woman, rubies make for a luxurious substitute to the diamond. This stone is incredibly durable and will have no issue withstanding the wear and tear of an engagement ring. It is a highly regarded choice as one of the four precious stones in the market.

      This stone’s deep blood red tone will transform any engagement ring into an eye-catching design. Its rich colour allows for creative designs to be produced. Take Katy Perry’s ring from her husband, Orlando Bloom, for example.

      Emeraldemerald

      Emerald stones make for a distinct and exquisite alternative for an engagement ring. This beautiful and precious gem provides a burst of colour thanks to its rich deep green tone. Considered sophisticated, it is a bold choice for the refined modern bride.

      Despite it not being seen as often in modern times, the emerald was popularly used for engagement rings in the past, giving it a vintage element. In fact, it has been said to be favoured by Cleopatra. Celebrity icons such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Victoria Beckham and Halle Berry have proudly worn emerald engagement rings.

      Moissanite

      Providing a sparkle that rivals the diamond and with hardiness to match, moissanite has seen a surge of popularity in recent times. Often mistaken for diamonds due to their white nature, this stone is a delectable choice when you want an alternative closest to the traditional diamond.

      As lab-grown jewels, moissanite diamonds are ideal for those looking for an ethical option. It also makes it more affordable, meaning you get-go for a bigger carat with a more budget-friendly cost.

      Opal

      Opals are a unique and delicate choice among the most popular alternatives for engagement ring stones. While they may not be as hardy as other gems, opals are just as compelling, with a dazzling rainbow reflection that captures the eye. This enchanting shimmer alone is an appeal many desire.

      Compared to other stone alternatives and the expected diamond, opals are one of the most affordable substitutes. Decided by their vibrancy, opals can come in white, black and crystal options.

      Morganite

      Considerably feminine, morganites have seen an increase in engagement ring features. Displaying nearly as much sparkle like a diamond, it is a more cost appropriate choice when straying from the traditional stone.

      The pink aesthetic of the morganite makes it appealing for those who prefer a ‘pretty in pink’ style. It also makes for a flattering combination with all-metal options, making it flexible.


      Have you found the perfect alternative for your unconventional partner? Opting for one of the above stones to replace the expected diamond is a great way to highlight their independent and unique character.

      For inspiration, visit the Midas Jewellery website to explore our collection of engagement rings or seek our customisation service for a bespoke design.


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