Just recently I saw an article on Huffington Post about alternative options for diamond engagement rings. In the article, ’16 Stunning Alternatives to a Diamond Engagement Ring’, by Kelsey Borresen, she mentions how more and more women are turning away from the classic diamond engagement ring to rings that feature other types of gemstones. Maybe it’s for financial reasons, personal style or maybe you are concerned about a conflict diamond. Either way, I have seen more and more men proposing with gemstone engagement rings.
Here at deBebians.com, we offer a variety of gemstones to choose from when you are searching for that perfect gemstone engagement ring. When thinking about a gemstone for an engagement ring, it is important to keep in mind the hardness of the gemstone you are considering. Some gemstones are quite soft and even though they are pretty, they may not be the best option for an engagement ring. For example, two suggestions from the Huff Post article were pyrite (6-6.5 on Mohs hardness scale) and opal (5-6.5 on Mohs hardness scale). Yes, these are beautiful gemstones but, in my opinion, these gemstones are too soft for an engagement ring that would be worn on a daily basis.
Here is a list of my most favorite gemstone engagement rings from deBebians and the hardness of the gemstone:
I love this ring! You can choose from either a square or rectangular shape. For me, I would get the square shape! I love the pave set round diamonds accenting the gorgeous morganite in the rich looking rose gold. So pretty! Morganite is 7.5 on Mohs hardness scale.
This is a bit on the pricier side, but this ring is so classic! The photo shows a 2.00ct center sapphire and for me, that’s what I would choose. This ring is very similar to Princess Diana’s engagement ring. Now, 30 plus years later, Kate Middleton wears her ring. A ring like this will be in style for years and years! Sapphire is 9 on Mohs hardness scale.
I know this is an eternity ring, but I do see women opting for eternity bands rather than a classic style engagement ring. Sapphire is a 9 and diamond is a 10 on Mohs hardness scale.
Remember, when you are searching for an engagement ring, you have choices other than white diamonds. However, it is important to remember to think about gem hardness. You want a ring that is hard enough to stand up to daily wear! Choose from our gorgeous selection of sapphire, morganite, ruby and even black diamond engagement rings!