Engagement | 5 Beautiful Alternative Engagement Stones

A diamond is forever. Yes, it may be the go-to classic gemstone for engagement rings. And yes, it symbolizes strength, purity and unity. 

But, the diamond is not the be-all and end-all for engagement rings. Rather, today’s couples are choosing to express the uniqueness of their relationships with equally unique rings. Here are some stunning stone alternatives that deserve the chance to make you sparkle on your big day:

Sapphire

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Sapphires are another traditional gemstone. And royals, like Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, have shown just how ideal they can be for the occasion. With a spectrum of deeply saturated color choices (blue, pink, yellow, white and more!), sapphires are thought to bring bright and hopeful futures to those who wear them. What also makes sapphire a great alternative is their hardness. Second to diamonds which have a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale, sapphires are the hardest colored stone! This means it won't chip down the line after daily wear. (Fun fact: Jewel Princess lead designer dazzles with her own lavender sapphire engagement ring!)

Hardness: 9

Spinel

Is it a ruby? Is it a sapphire? Not quite! Spinel takes on a multitude of hues, and its beauty has left it often mistaken for other, more traditional precious stones. While the richer reds and blues are harder to come by, lighter shades, including lavender, yellow, and mauve, are equally as desirable! Spinel can even offer a unique look with its shades of black and brown. So, if you've got yourself a girl who can do it all – and look amazing doing it – spinel may need to be at the top of your shopping list. Spinel is quickly becoming every gem lover's favorite stone!

Hardness: 7.5-8

Aquamarine

Custom Pear Shaped Aquamarine Engagement Ring made for Jewel Princess Client in Platinum

Cerulean to cyan, aquamarine is another beautiful colored stone to replace the diamond. Believed to calm waves and keep men at sea safe, this brilliant stone is representative of positivity. It also inspires truth – an important characteristic of any relationship. This is a great option for the relationship that can tread any and all waters without fear of going under.

Hardness: 7.5-8

Moissanite

Moissanite, the most popular diamond alternative for an engagement ring with a big look, and small price tag!

So, traditional is the way for you. Sometimes a diamond really is a girl’s best friend. However, the prices associated with the stone aren’t as complementary. Today, more people are getting married with moissanite engagement rings than you would think. Why is that? Because they are SO similar to diamonds that only a trained eye can tell the difference. This man-made stone will offer the strength and brilliance of a true diamond, all while being eco- and pocket-friendly! 

Hardness: 9.25

Pink Tourmaline

Appropriate for your special occasion, pink tourmaline deals with matters of the heart. From pale pink to deep rose, there is a range of shades that gives you options depending on the subtlety or glamour of your girl.

Hardness: 7-7.5

Want a unique, environment-friendly engagement ring? Go vintage! We can create a curated vintage collection just for you, in any price range! 

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