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Every bride is unique, and luckily, there are as many different types of engagement rings as there are types of brides!
Whether you want a diamond ring with an eye-catching design, or an alternative engagement ring featuring gemstones, here are some of our top styles that will ensure no one has a ring like yours.
While diamonds are truly special, and are the traditional stone of choice for engagement rings, you do not have to have a diamond engagement ring. In fact, many brides choose coloured gemstones for the centrepiece of their ring. Some of the world’s most famous and stylish women are among them – including Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Diana (and Kate Middleton), Victoria Beckham, and Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few.
Sapphire engagement rings are undoubtedly the most popular coloured style. Not only are sapphires beautiful, they are very hard stones – second only to diamonds in terms of hardness – so they’re perfect for rings that are worn every day.
While sapphires are usually associated with their much-loved, deep blue colour, they actually come in a range of shades – from green to white to pink, so you can find a beautiful alternative ring in your favourite colour.
Morganite is also a popular choice for alternative engagement rings. This beautiful, blushing gemstone is feminine and timeless, and with a Mohs scale rating of 7.5 – 8 it’s also a suitably hard gem for engagement rings.
Aquamarine is a stunning choice for a coloured gemstone engagement ring. With its gorgeous pale blue colour, aquamarine engagement rings will suit everybody. It’s also in the same gem family as morganite, so it’s a hard gemstone that’s suitable for engagement rings.
There are a wide range of beautiful coloured gemstones to choose from to give you a unique and alternative bridal look. And if you can’t decide between coloured gemstones and diamonds, many gemstone styles feature a sparkling diamond halo or side accent – giving you the best of both worlds!
Another way to have a unique touch of colour in your engagement ring is to opt for a rose gold setting. While rose gold gets lots of love, it’s not as popular as yellow gold or white gold for engagement rings, so it’s sure to give you the unique look you’re after.
Rose gold is a beautiful setting for diamond engagement rings, and you can find unique cluster, halo, and multi-stone designs that allow the rose gold to shine through for a radiant look. It’s also the perfect match for morganite engagement rings, for an all-over blush.
Try a halo ring with a floral or vintage-inspired design, a square shape, or a ring with fancy-shaped diamonds. Round brilliant is the most popular and timeless cut for diamonds, so if you choose a ring with baguette, emerald, pear or marquise shaped diamonds, your engagement ring is guaranteed to draw compliments and closer looks.
Engagement rings are, most importantly, a symbol of love and commitment between you and your partner. Therefore, your engagement ring should first and foremost be a ring that you love; whether that is a diamond ring, a coloured gemstone ring, a diamond band, or even a simple engraved precious metal ring.
Ultimately it comes down to your personal choice. To ensure your engagement ring is not only beautiful, but a quality ring that you can wear every day and cherish forever, choose one that is crafted in quality materials, such as solid gold. You can also choose any coloured gemstone that you prefer, with lots of brides coveting alternative stones such as opal engagement rings or amethyst engagement rings. Just be aware that not all gemstones are equal in terms of hardness and durability, so some stones will require extra care to ensure they give you a lifetime of shine.
For more information on finding your perfect alternative (and affordable!) engagement ring, read this.
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