Gemstone Engagement Rings
Gemstone engagement rings highlight sapphires or other precious gemstones as the center gem, rather than the more common choice of a diamond center stone. With rich hues and a distinctive yet timeless appeal, beautiful gemstone engagement rings are winning the hearts of brides-to-be everywhere.
The Appeal of Gemstones
Sapphires, among the earliest known gemstones, are an ideal choice for gemstone engagement rings. Sapphires are gorgeous and very durable, so they hold up flawlessly to everyday wear. The Mohs Scale rates minerals on their ability to withstand surface scratching and sapphires receive a nine out of ten on this scale, which indicates excellent hardness and ability to withstand scratches. Sapphires are also beloved because they are available in a wide range of stunning hues.
The most sought after color is a rich royal blue sapphire, most famous for its appearance in Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring, now worn by Kate Middleton. This ring, featuring an extraordinary 8-carat blue sapphire encircled by 14 diamond accents, is recognized around the world. If you love the look worn by the Princess and the Duchess, you might want to consider Brilliant Earth’s Sapphire and Diamond Fancy Halo Ring.
Gemstones in Unique Colors
If you love the idea of a gemstone engagement ring, but aren’t sure that a royal blue sapphire suits you, there are plenty of other colors to choose from. Sapphires come in a range of tones and hues, including yellow, orange, green, purple, turquoise, and pink. These are a perfectly romantic and feminine choice, while yellow sapphires are ideal for a luxe, glamorous look.
Brilliant Earth maintains a broad selection of gemstones in a wide variety of distinctive colors and shapes. You may purchase these gems loose, or put them into any of our settings to create a personalized gemstone engagement ring.
The Value of Gemstones
Many couples are drawn to gemstone engagement rings because they are able to purchase a larger gem at a more modest price. Opting to feature a gemstone rather than a diamond in your engagement ring can be financially satisfying as well as aesthetically flattering. Gemstone pieces can be affordable engagement rings, and many couples are thrilled at how much “look” they can get in an engagement ring by selecting a gemstone center.
Many customers wonder about the availability and authenticity of laboratory-grown sapphires. As with laboratory-grown diamonds, sapphires that are made in a lab are chemically and optically the same as those found in nature. Like their diamond counterparts, lab-grown sapphires are great alternative gemstone at a more comfortable price. They are often available in our colored gemstone gallery, or by special request at 800.691.0952.
Gemstone Engagement Ring Settings
As with diamond engagement rings, there are countless options for gemstone engagement ring settings. Sapphires look beautiful in a solitaire engagement ring setting, but they also dazzle when contrasted against sparkling diamond accents. Many customers choose a sapphire for a center gem and then highlight it with accent diamonds for a truly exquisite ring. The brightly colored sapphire center interacts beautifully with the sparkle and fire of white accent diamonds. Inspired by Princess Diana’s sapphire ring, many customers select a dazzling sapphire halo engagement ring for a luxe look.
Brilliant Earth has an abundant selection of sapphire engagement ring settings, whether you want a style that is streamlined or ornate. We are also able to work with you to design a custom engagement ring setting with the center gemstone of your choice.
Other Considerations for Gemstone Engagement Rings
If you know you want a gemstone engagement ring but aren’t sure where to start or which center gem to choose, consider the colors that most inspire you. Because sapphires are available in every color of the rainbow, there are limitless choices for this inspiration! Consider eye color, style, surroundings, and the way different colors make you feel. Maybe you are drawn to green and blue hues for their soothing effect, or maybe you want a bold magenta or red to match your passion and personality. Perhaps a blend of softness and individuality, like peach, feels most like you. Some people choose a colored gemstone because of its symbolic and personal meaning, such as a birthstone or the color of their fiance’s eyes.
Whatever you can imagine, Brilliant Earth can make happen. Contact us for a personalized consultation—we will take all the time you need to help you select the perfect gemstone engagement ring.