You’ve finally found your soulmate and are thrilled about proposing to her. That’s great, but wait till you get to choosing the ring. Now, there’s not much choice there, you might think. It has to be a large, shiny diamond, right? Well, contrary to popular belief, a diamond ring isn’t your only alternative when it comes to buying an engagement ring.
Not all girls are infatuated with diamonds, and they may want you to get a little creative. Besides, buying another stone may cost much less.
There are a number of beautiful gemstone options for you to choose from and you can pick one that is meaningful and signifies your relationship. Read on to find out five alternatives to a diamond engagement ring:
Amethysts are splendid purple stones that add elegance to jewellery. They are highly durable and cost a fraction of what diamonds do. They look best when set in rose gold and silver, though you can also get creative and choose another colour.
While sapphires are usually blue in colour, they are also found in colours such as yellow, pink, white and green. They are a god substitute for diamonds as they are the third highest minerals. A well cut white sapphire adds almost as much bling as a diamond to a ring.
Emeralds are precious stones with a rich green tone. They are popular traditional alternatives for diamonds in engagement rings. However, even today, if added to a modern setting, they look timeless and elegant.
Rubies are another popular choice for engagement rings. They have a brilliant blood-red colour, and high durability. Look for rubies with a rich colour and pay attention to the cut as well.
Pearls are not exactly gemstones but they are iconic and beautiful all the same. They symbolise purity and harmony. However, a pearl ring can tarnish fairly easily and must be taken great care of.