It has become a regular tradition in Australia and the rest of the world to give an engagement ring when proposing to the love of your life to be with you forever. The engagement ring is the reflection of your true love, devotion and fidelity and is considered to be as pure as your love. That said, when deciding which engagement ring to buy, a diamond is the first thing that crosses the mind. Diamonds and engagement rings have gone hand in hand for almost a century. They are stunning, versatile and timeless, but they are perhaps a bit too classic and if your would-be is a fashion-forward woman who wants to make a personal statement then there are endless options in non-diamond engagement rings in Melbourne.
Non-diamond engagement rings have increasingly become popular featuring coloured gemstones at the centre. Morganite, royal sapphire, amethyst, garnet, ruby, pearl and emeralds are just a few gemstones worth turning your attention. These distinctive ring styles are a gorgeous way to express your love.
Why buy a Non-Diamond Engagement Ring?
There could be many reasons why you may want to buy a non-diamond engagement ring.
First being, you are interested in bucking the trend and going in for a something unique that you don’t see many people wearing.
You might be conscious of the many lives that are lost every year in the diamond mining business.
You may have a family heirloom that boasts a non-diamond gemstone.
Whatever, maybe your reason, choosing non-diamond engagement ring will not only save you a few bucks but will also make for a unique yet stunning engagement ring to give to your love.
Diamonds not always topped the list for most desired engagement stone, up until De Beers created a multi-billion dollar niche by symbolising “A Diamond is Forever”. This campaign changed the perception of diamonds which became the sought after stone for engagement rings the world over and still is.
If you have been looking for a genuine alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring, below I have curated some beautiful options to choose from. Each gemstone has its unique story and look and there are thousands of them, so you are spoilt for choices. There is an ample variety of engagement rings available at adc.com.au, go have a look and find the perfect engagement ring to mark the beginning of your exciting new journey.
Here are some unique and stunning non-diamond engagement rings.
Moissanite is an exquisitely beautiful gemstone and makes for a great alternative to engagement ring than diamonds. It was first discovered in1893 by a French scientist Dr, Henri Moissan. Moissanites have shimmering brilliance, lustre and fire which makes them similar to diamonds and was thought so, but it was determined later that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide. At 9.5 of the Mohs scale, moissanite is the second hardest mineral in the world after diamonds. Moissanite engagement rings look stunning on their own in solitaire design or along diamond accents.
Sapphires are the gorgeous gemstones and symbolism of royalty. They are typically blue in colour; however, they do come in other hues like pink, yellow, green, peach and white but the royal blue is the most popular choice. Ranking 9 on the Mohs scale, sapphires are the third hardest mineral and make the perfect diamond substitute. Sapphires are the most sought-after and expensive gems in the world. If well cut, sapphires look almost as good as diamond, giving more bling to your engagement ring.
Morganite is the most talked about gemstone and the most popular choice for the engagement rings at the moment. A member of the beryl family, morganite has a range of pink hues due to traces of manganese. The blush pink hue and the sparkling clarity, as well as a high degree of brilliance, make morganite a beautiful centre stone of an engagement ring. Ranking 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, the engagement ring made with this stone can be worn every day, but with caution and care. Morganite when paired with rose gold form a stunning engagement ring.
Rubies have always been valued for their rare beauty and the blood red tones when set in an engagement ring make a sizzling statement. Red has been associated with love and passion, so what’s better than to represent your love with a ruby engagement ring. Rubies will survive even the busiest hands as they rank 9 on the Mohs scale, meaning they are durable. Rubies are expensive and the finest one fetches more than their diamond counterparts. When shopping for engagement rings studded with rubies, look for the same 4Cs as for diamonds. Crimson red ruby looks excellent in vintage rings as well as modern rings with precious metals. Ruby as a centre stone surrounded by white diamonds makes for a stunning engagement ring.
Amethyst comes in hues ranging from deep purple to pale shades of pastel lavender and even pink. Reddish purple hue is the most valuable and makes a great alternative to diamonds forming a unique engagement ring. At 7 on Mohs scale, amethysts are not quite hard, but they are still very durable at a fraction of the price. Amethysts have excellent clarity and are available in a variety of cuts and carat weight. Pair the lavender hue stone with diamond accents for a gorgeous engagement ring.
Onyx is a beautiful gemstone that comes in a variety of colours but most commonly found in the black or a banded or layered black for making beautiful jewellery. Onyx is dense, yet silky and at 6-7 on Mohs scale, it makes a unique and utterly stylish addition to an engagement ring. The black hue of the stone makes the engagement ring timeless and chic. Onyx as a centre stone with black or white diamonds offers an opulent look.
Bucking the traditional choice and going for unique gemstone engagement rings is a good idea, but do your research to find a gemstone that stands out, so you won’t regret stepping off the beaten path and picking out something genuinely unusual and stunning.