Engagement ring

What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Non Diamond Engagement Ring

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The term “non diamond” is extremely broad when referring to engagement rings, and it can truly be overwhelming to any bride considering most traditional wedding rings are defined by their diamond. With that being said, why get a non diamond engagement ring? There are two major benefits to these alternatives: the ability to show off creativity and a more affordable price tag.

2017 saw the rise in popularity of non diamond engagement rings, but it's a trend that's showing no sign of slowing down. What does this mean, exactly? Well, in short, more couples have started incorporating gemstones other than diamonds into their engagement rings (and sometimes even wedding bands). These rings differ from traditional diamond engagement rings in their color, of course, and their overall aesthetic.

This trend is actually a resurgence of an older 1960’s style. Non diamond engagement rings can evoke this retro look, or can be refreshed for a more modern style—for example, choosing a non diamond center stone on a rose-gold ring, rather than sticking with the more typical white or yellow gold. No matter the precise combination, this look is intriguing and unique.

Popular gemstones for non-diamond engagement rings

At one point the most popular gems in these distinctive rings were sapphires, rubies and emeralds. High quality sapphires are typically dark blue, while rubies are traditionally red and emeralds a deep green. All three of these jewel tones are bold and beautiful, and all are wonderful choices for a dynamic ring. Sapphires naturally got a huge boost in popularity thanks to Kate Middleton's stunning ring.

But lately that's been changing. Brides-to-be are now looking for even more options for their non-diamond engagement rings. Stones like morganite and white sapphires are the latest popular options. And it isn't always the star of the show. Some designs feature unconventional gems as the center stone, while others incorporate them as accents or even pair one non diamond and one diamond at the center of the ring.

Popular metals for non diamond engagement rings

Some couples choose to vary the metal of the band to accent the gem—rose gold with emerald, for instance—or choose a pairing that downplays the slightly unusual look. Pairing yellow gold with ruby creates a regal combination, while white gold or platinum can allow the gemstone’s color to stand out more. There are lots of options for a customized look that both partners love, and colorful gems add even more variety to the mix. A unique non diamond engagement ring is a worthy investment for today, and as an heirloom to pass on.

Unique non diamond engagement rings

Unique non diamond engagement rings are some of the most popular non diamond engagement rings. These rings include interesting details not found in most other rings in order to create a one-of-a-kind effect. These details include the mixing and matching of metals, the mixing and matching of gemstones, or an overall unusual band design. Either way the ring is created, the creativity of the couple can shine through the ring.

Although you won't find these in our catalog, we can create a gemstone engagement ring for you or your bride-to-be through our custom engagement ring program. You'll work hand in hand with our expert gemologists and jewelry designers to create your truly unique and eye-catching ring of your dreams.

Vintage non diamond engagement rings

There's a big difference between vintage and vintage style engagement rings. Vintage style non diamond engagement rings are rings typically found in a traditional style, but with colored gemstones in the place of the diamond. These rings give off a hint of nostalgia which can make these rings look like a family heirloom upon the very first wear, even though they're not, in fact, old.

True vintage engagement rings are generally found with gemstones other than diamonds. That's because the popularity of diamonds in these rings is a relatively recent development. Edwardian and Victorian engagement rings, for example, were generally non diamond engagement rings. And it's worth noting that although these are technically a different style than the unique non diamond engagement rings, they're also incredibly unique --which is a big part of their appeal today.

Simple non diamond engagement rings

Simple non diamond engagement rings are typically rings with very little accent diamonds, if any. Additionally, these rings usually include solitaire setting rings in order to create a sleek, dainty feeling. As engagement rings, non diamond non traditional simple rings are one way to show off a pop of color in a subtle manner.

Affordability of non diamond rings

Typically, when any ring is selected without a diamond, the price drops significantly. However, there are no guarantees for this affordability; obviously, diamonds are worth more than a colored gemstone of similar merit, but it is not always the case. If a high-quality gemstone is chosen, there is a chance that the ring might be more expensive than when a diamond is inserted. While prices vary immensely along a scale measuring many different facets of the diamond, it is usually kind to the budget for a couple to purchase a non diamond engagement ring.

Non diamond engagement rings, like most other unique style engagement rings, have become incredibly popular within the past few years. The hottest new craze is to have a ring that is completely your own. Most engagement ring companies are now adopting the idea that an engagement ring should be as unique as the love and relationship it is symbolizing. Since each relationship is built upon different experiences and memories, a ring should represent those differences and highlight them into a piece of wearable art.

These non diamond engagement rings are all remarkably good choices to consider long term due to their simplicity, beauty, and uniqueness. The less accent diamonds the ring has, the more room it has to become more creative. However, a buyer also cannot go wrong with adding even more accent diamonds because of the added shine. Non diamond engagement rings are incredibly open-ended, and therefore, are suited to all of the buyer’s needs and wants.