For generations, diamond engagement rings remained a timeless symbol of everlasting love. This enduring trend makes sense because a classic diamond’s crystal clear sparkle matches everything, and with a 10/10 rating on the MOHS gemstone hardness scale, diamonds are the most durable gem in the world. Yet, even with the diamond’s symbolism and strength, gemstone engagement rings are experiencing a surge in the market.
Why choose gemstones over diamonds?
Gemstone engagement rings have existed as long as diamond rings, but they are growing in popularity more than ever before, especially among millennials. There are many reasons couples choose gemstones over diamonds, but mainly, colored gemstones highlight individuality more because colors have deeper meanings. Whether someone wants an engagement ring in their favorite color or a color representing something important to them, there is a gemstone for everyone.
Gemstone and Color Significance
Sapphire engagement rings are the most popular alternative to diamonds. They are highly regarded because blue is the most popular color in the US, and sapphires are among the strongest gemstones with a hardness of 9. Topaz, with a hardness of 8 and aquamarine at 7.5 – 8 are also good options if the bride loves blue, mostly if they prefer lighter blues over the deep royal tone of a sapphire. As a bonus, blue is a marriage good luck charm because it fulfills the “something blue” requirement. Using blue for good luck makes sense because blue is calming and represents peace, tranquillity, and trust. These are the qualities a couple truly needs in an engagement ring.
Rubies are the second most popular choice for engagement rings. Rubies are bright and bold, representing passion and love, making them an excellent choice for enthusiastic and confident brides. These fierce gemstones are just as strong as sapphires. With a hardness of 7, pink tourmaline is softer than a ruby, but its pink is lighter with warm peach tones.
Emeralds are a safe and strong choice for engagement rings. These stones are not only great for nature lovers, but they also represent good health, balance, and security. For those who love history or want to feel empowered by their ring, emeralds were highly regarded by Egyptian royalty, especially Cleopatra, making them the jewel of kings.