Best Non-Diamond Engagement Rings

More and more people are choosing to substitute their engagement ring’s diamond for a different stone.
Fine jewellery silver set of rings with different colored topaze
Fine jewellery silver set of rings with different colored topazes isolated on white background

There are different reasons to do this; some do it because diamonds are fairly expensive, whereas others want to break out of the mold and be unique. There are those who want to use their family heirloom ring as an engagement ring, or other reasons, too.

There are some great alternatives to diamonds for this purpose. However, there are some stones which are just unsuited for the task. If you want to know more about those, read this article

Garnet Rings

Garnets are typically very pure and fairly hard on the mineral hardness scale. This is important because that makes them ideal for rings as they are durable and won’t be damaged easily. Another benefit of a garnet ring is that, although they are typically red, they come in almost every color thanks to different mineral composition and impurities.

Garnets look great when combined with silver or white gold or other silvery metals.


This rare gem is a relatively new addition to the gemstone family, being discovered only recently in, you guessed it, Tanzania. When I say rare, I mean it. It is a thousand times rarer than diamonds and it has deep blue hues which sometimes pass into the purple spectrum.

Deep blue goes great with both white and yellow gold, so whichever metal you choose to house the gem, you won’t be sorry.

Azurite and Malachite

These two minerals are often found together, so it is hard to separate them. Azurite is deep blue due to the copper carbonate component, whereas malachite has an opaque greenish color which comes from copper carbonate hydroxide, which explains why they are found together.

Yellow gold seems like a natural fit for this gem combination, but silvery metals can fit the bill as well.


Sapphire is almost as tough as a diamond. What sets them apart the most is the range of colors they are found in. Diamonds tend to be clear with some impurities making them colored. Sapphires, on the other hand, are typically found in royal blue but are also found in other colors. The most noticeable difference is the intensity of the color, with sapphires being much more intensive.

If you love blue, you can’t go wrong with sapphires.


This gem is silicon based and it is very similar to a diamond. However, it only costs a fraction of what a diamond will cost you. So if the financial aspect is putting you off diamonds, you can always have this stone as a substitute, and nobody will be none the wiser.

As it is similar to diamonds, you can use traditional shapes and materials as you would with a diamond ring.


If you love green and want to have it in your engagement ring, you may think of the most common green gem – emerald. After all, it is fairly hard, so it should be durable, right? Well, sadly its structure is such that it is prone to cracks and cavities.

Fortunately, there are suitable substitutes. Tsavorite is a type of garnet, but it is so far removed from our idea of a garnet, that it has its own name and designation. Its transparent green color makes it better suited to a silvery metal than yellow gold.


This gemstone is very popular as an engagement ring stone due to its pinkish color. It can also take on orange hues as well. It owes its popularity to its similarity to pink diamonds. Yellow gold seems like a natural fit for this pink stone.

Whatever your reason for picking a colored gem for your engagement ring, there are plenty of options nowadays.

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