Posted on January 21, 2014 by

5 Gorgeous Alternatives to a Typical Engagement Ring

As early as the time of the ancient Egyptians, gold and silver wire rings were worn on the third finger of the left hand symbolizing a connection to the heart through the “vena amoris” or “vein of love”.  From what we know, this symbol evolved to include diamonds with the mining of the precious stone in the early 1800’s. The Victorians made jewelry as gifts for their loved ones and often included gems.  Tiffany&Co. introduced the 6-prong setting that raises a diamond to catch light and produce more sparkle in 1886, creating the traditional diamond engagement ring we know today.


Until the mining of diamonds, many of these jewelry pieces featured other beautiful jewels or delicate details in the metal itself.  Even today we see this notion carried on by royals, celebrities and the general public.


So does your engagement ring have to be made up of diamonds? Absolutely not!  There are no rules in this day and age that says a woman must wear a diamond ring in order to prove she is taken.  Some women choose to wear a ring with no stones or even no ring at all.  Choose the option that best suits your desires and make no apologies.


Engagement Ring Alternatives


 1. Sapphires

Sapphires are not only durable and easy to care for, their deep blue color is a striking alternative to a traditional diamond. They make a great center stone for someone looking to wear a ring that can stand up to wear with the uniqueness of bold color.


Kate Middleton's Sapphire Engagement Ring


Penelope Cruz's Sapphire Engagement Ring



2. Rubies

Red rubies are often featured in an engagement ring to symbolize the intense emotions of love and passion.  They make stunning gifts for romantic occasions and engagement rings are no exception.


Jessica Simpson’s Ruby Engagement Ring


Sarah Ferguson’s Ruby Engagement Ring


3. Emeralds

Emeralds have been present in tales of royalty as symbols of wealth and power, but their amazing green color make them a fashionable choice for a modern engagement ring.  Fashion icon, Jacqueline Kennedy wore an emerald and diamond engagement ring, catapulting the trend even in the 1950s.  But be cautious. They are more susceptible to damage so this stone is not for the woman who likes to get her hands dirty –unless it is removed first of course.


Halle Berry’s Emerald Engagement Ring


Zoe Saldana’s Emerald Engagement Ring


4. Colored Diamonds

Another take on the typical…color!  The traditional engagement ring features a colorless diamond but the woman who wants to show her unique sense of style can opt for a fancy colored diamond ring.  It could boast a breathtaking pink diamond center stone (like the one Ben Afleck gave to JLo that sparked the modern trend) or more understated yet exciting yellow diamond side stones to accent a standard white diamond.  When it comes to colored diamonds, it is all about personal preference.  Colored diamonds come in endless hues and can be found to match pretty much any request.


Pink Diamond Engagement Ring

7.25 Carat Fancy Intense Pink Diamond Ring


Diamond Engagement Ring with Yellow Diamond Side Stones

2.57 Carat Internally Flawless and Fancy Vivid Orangy Yellow Diamond Ring

5. Pearls


Pearls are thought to symbolize harmony and are recognized as timeless symbols of sophistication. Today, pearls are used in all styles of jewelry from “boho chic” to ultra-modern, so any woman with an appreciation for the natural beauty of pearls can find an engagement ring to suit her taste. Keep in mind -also like emeralds, pearls are a bit more delicate and need to be treated carefully.


Pearl Engagement Ring



Whether you want the traditional with a twist or a completely one-of-a-kind design, your options are endless. If you wear a unique engagement ring or a ring alternative, share with us in the comments!


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6 Responses to 5 Gorgeous Alternatives to a Typical Engagement Ring

  1. Samantha says:

    This is why I got a ruby. Plus, it’s much bigger than my friends’ diamonds because it’s cheaper than a diamond.

  2. Judy says:

    Uh, I don’t know about that. I considered a ruby, but thought better of it when I realized I could get a ruby any time but a diamond probably only now! My husband got me a pink diamond and I love, love, love it. My 5 year anniversary ruby will look great with the pink diamond.

  3. George says:

    I’m debating between getting my girl an emerald with a diamond halo or a diamond cluster. Thoughts?

  4. Sarah says:


  5. Ashlee says:

    LOVE Zoe’s engagement ring but now that I know about fancy colored diamonds I think I want a green diamond engagement ring!

  6. […] you happen to be a not-so-traditional fashionista, you may want to consider a white diamond alternative.  Precious gems like sapphires and emeralds are making a splash recently as well as colored […]