Engagement Ring Styles. Coloured Gemstones

Coloured Gemstone Engagement Rings

Diamonds are forever, but that doesn’t mean they’re for everyone. Many people are veering towards unusual engagement rings, opting for creative styles that reflect their personality. coloured gemstones are the perfect choice for bold engagement rings that make a statement and are a great way to express individual style, whilst maintaining the beauty and elegance of the engagement ring concept.

Popular amongst royalty and celebrities, coloured gemstones are naturally eye-catching, especially as they are a slightly unexpected look on your ring finger. A variety of colours, sizes and settings will allow you to choose a ring that is perfectly suited to you and your personality. There are a vast number of options and possibilities, but don’t let this overwhelm you. Start off with a broad idea, considering your favourite colour or birthstone.

Colour Gemstones in a Nutshell

Diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds are labelled as ‘precious gemstones’ due to their rarity, quality and hardness. Each stone has a distinctive colour, available in a range of shades, for example sapphire is well known in its blue form, but it can vary in colour from purple or pink to greener tones.

Diamonds are considered the ultimate, classic choice for engagement rings, based mainly on the influential and very successful marketing campaigns of prestigious diamond company De Beers from the 1880s onwards. Sapphires, rubies and emeralds are just as rare and beautiful and can be the same or sometimes more valuable than diamonds. However, there are many affordable gemstones that offer a variety of gorgeous colours:

  • Tanzanite is a popular, rich blue to violet or purple gemstone, only discovered in 1967.
  • Topaz is typically recognised as the orangey-brown November birthstone. It’s colourless and transparent in its pure form, but is usually tinted by other substances that give it a range of colour from the most common light blue to spectacular pink-red, purple, yellow or orange.
  • Alexandrite turns different colours in sunlight - fluorescent light makes it looks like an emerald and under incandescent light, it looks like a ruby!
  • Though not true minerals, cultured pearls are another alternative for engagement rings. They come in a variety of colours, sizes and shapes. Pleasing and warm in appearance, pearls lend their lustre to engagement rings and are valued for their softness and femininity.

You might also consider their birthstone [link to birthstone infographic] when thinking about a colour gemstone engagement ring, connecting their special month to the birth of your new life together. Or pick the stone for the month you met, first kissed or got engaged.

Navigating the world of colour gemstones

While buying diamonds is fairly well documented and made easier by the 4C’s grading scale [Link to understanding the 4C’s], colour gemstones are slightly more complex. Therefore it’s important to buy from a reputable jeweller. A few things to know:

Value: The cost of gemstones is based on rarity. Natural deeply hued stones are rarer than the paler ones that are less vivid in colour.

Treatments: Many gemstones are ‘treated’ to enhance their appearance, often by an intense heating process. These treatments make more beautiful gemstones affordable. Your jeweller is legally obligated to tell you about any known treatments.

Durability: Before setting your heart on a particular stone, consider the practicality of your choice and how often you plan to wear it. An engagement ring worn every day can endure a great deal of wear and tear. Sapphires and rubies are almost as hard as diamonds, but softer gemstones like emeralds or cultured pearls might be subject to damaging, and scratching, especially when wearers are very active. If you choose a more delicate gemstone or pearl for your engagement ring, ask your jeweller about selecting a setting that will help protect it.

Lab-created colour gemstones: Lab-created gems are identical to those formed underground and mined. They’re “grown” in a lab under the same conditions of heat and pressure as a gem that forms underground yet have the advantage of having the ultimate colour & clarity. Again, it’s a great way to get a beautiful colour gemstone at an affordable cost, but your jeweller needs to disclose that the gemstone is lab-created.

Colour gemstone engagement rings are the perfect choice if you’re looking for a ring that is bright and bold, wonderfully fashionable, and unique.