Top Non-Diamond Engagement Ring Gemstones

Are diamonds really forever? A diamond makes for a beautiful piece of jewelry. That said, it isn’t the end all be all when it comes to engagement rings. There are, in fact, a variety of other gemstones that are also commonly used in engagement rings. Are you interested in all of the different gemstone options? Diamonds may make for a classic engagement ring, but the truth is that there are a plethora of stunning options. Below, you’ll find a description of some popular gemstones and some ideas to inspire your engagement ring purchase.


Ruby gemstones range in color from bright red to dark reddish-brown. The preferred coloring of a ruby is a stunning blood red. It is an extremely desirable gem because it is durable, luminous and rare. A ruby is identical to a sapphire in all properties except color. However, rubies remain highly coveted because of their allure and historical significance. Rubies look great surrounded by silver or gold and also take on a whole new meaning with a heart shaped cut.


Emerald is the most famed and valued green gemstone. This gemstone is most desirable when it is a deep green color. Paler emeralds generally have lesser value. Emeralds are also sometimes heat treated to take on an aqua coloring. While emeralds are durable, it is uncommon to find a stone without a flaw. However, these flaws are often embraced and bring character to a ring. The green emerald is a true chameleon and makes a stunning center or accent stone.

Sapphire (Blue, Pink and Yellow)

While many may associate sapphires with a cornflower blue hue, sapphires can take on a variety of colors. In engagement rings, the most common sapphires are blue, pink and yellow. These gemstones have stunning color and luster. You will most commonly find this gemstone set in silver or white gold.


Opal is one of the most colorful gemstones. The unique variety of colors displayed in the stone can even make it preferred over the classic diamond. The color, the changes based on the light can come in large or small flashes. The distribution of color often determines the value of the stone. Opal is stunning with a delicate, gold band.


Amethyst stones have a history dating back all the way to the 1800s. While this stone is not as rare as some other gemstones, it is still a big contender when it comes to color. The most stunning amethyst take on a rich, purple color. That said, the colors of an amethyst stone range from light to dark and have varying levels of transparency. You can bring some polish to this gemstone with silver or nod to its royal history with gold.


Turquoise is a gemstone that has been highly valued since ancient times.  It is an opaque gemstone that takes on a blue or green hue. Sometimes, the stone may actually be multicolored. It is the only gemstone to officially have a color named after it. This stone can really shine on a delicate band.


This beautiful gemstone gained it’s valuable status when it was widely unattainable during ancient times. Pearls are organic and formed by living organisms, which gives them a special quality when compared to other gemstones. These stunning, milky white stones bring class to any piece of jewelry. You can bring great contrast to an engagement ring when you set a pearl in gold.


These gemstones feature durability and clarity with a feminine touch. It is most commonly seen in a light, peach pink coloring. This gemstone is rare, but because there is not enough of it to be used in standard manufactured jewelry, it can actually be quite affordable. This stone is gorgeous in a rose gold setting.


While a moissanite is not a diamond, they look the same to the naked eye. It is more brilliant and displays more color. These stones are also flawless in comparison to diamonds. The four Cs are not something that applies to this stone. However, because of its rarity, it is more expensive than other options. Much like a diamond, a moissanite can be used in virtually any design.


This term describes a group of closely related minerals. While a garnet stone can come in a variety of colors, they will most often be seen in dark red. Any other color of this stone will usually be described with other gemstone classifications. This stone works in a variety of settings, including a black band.


The onyx is a unique, banded, gemstone. While it is most commonly seen in solid black, this term can be used to describe any engraved stone with a solid color base. Onyx gemstones are most commonly seen in gothic style rings. It is highly versatile and works in a variety of settings.


Tourmaline describes another group of closely related minerals. It is very popular among collectors and the most popular multicolored stone. Each stone will take on a different coloring that makes a statement when included in any piece. What works best with this gemstone will really depend on the color.


This stone is highly desirable and comes in a variety of colors ranging from yellow and orange to pink and red. It was not until the past century that the well known blue topaz stone became widely available. The majority of blue topaz is heat treated, which is why they are available in abundance. This stone is truly unforgettable when it is set in white gold.

PhD Conclusion

So, how do you choose the right gemstone? It’s all about the personality of your future spouse and what they will find stunning. Each colored gemstone has qualities that can bring a whole new kind of beauty to the ring. Talk to your jeweler or compare things online to find the perfect fit. Once you do decide on the gemstone, it will be easier to find the right metal type, design, and other classic features.

Don’t be afraid to think out of the box. As you can see from the photos above, all of these options can create breathtaking engagement rings. It’s up to your tastes to really personalize the piece and make it perfect for your proposal.