Back to Blog May 26, 2016
Diamonds have been traditionally used in engagement rings for the past century, but coloured gemstone engagement rings have been making a huge comeback. Many people are interested in the healing properties associated with different gemstones, whereas some people are simply looking for something unique that will stand out. Engagement rings set with gemstones such as opals or garnets require the design to be more protective as these gemstones are softer and can break very quickly. Your best bet is to stick with harder gemstones such as rubies and sapphires. Some popular gemstones such as emerald and morganite can be used but should be in a setting that doesn’t leave the gemstone prone to knocking.
Emeralds are a classic gemstone that come in a beautiful vibrant green colour and are often associated with the release of negative energy, long lasting love and balance in relationships. A form of beryl, emeralds reach a hardness level of 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs scale. They are not as hard as sapphires or rubies therefore it makes them a little easier to chip or damage. It is a suitable gemstone to wear on a daily basis without extreme risk of damage if properly cared for. Emeralds provide their wearer with a vintage look but can also be designed in a contemporary style to suit different tastes.
Another member of the beryl family, morganite has become increasingly popular due to its light peach-pink hues. Most often set into rose gold and paired with diamonds, this means a splash of something different without having to give up the classic feel of a traditional engagement ring. It is said that morganite cleans the soul of anxiety, stress and lifts the burden of previous emotional wounds.
From shades of deep red to reddish pink, rubies are one of the most vibrantly coloured gemstones used in engagement rings. Ruby scores a hardness level of 9 on the Mohs scale, only one point below diamond. It is a gemstone of passion and love and is often used to amplify energy while providing protection from unhappiness. Associated with nobility and wealth, rubies are often well suited to a vintage style gal.
Most often sapphires are thought of as blue gemstones. The first thing that comes to mind for many is Princess Diana’s very famous, 12 carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring. BUT! What most people don’t know is that sapphires come in every colour of the rainbow and in various intensities. Versatile in colour and reaching a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, sapphires are an amazing candidate for any style of engagement ring. The healing powers of sapphires include bringing its wearer peace of mind and relief from depression.
Whether you are looking for something that offers specific healing properties or you want something that will stand out in a crowd, coloured gemstones are a great alternative to diamonds. There are many options in terms of colours but make sure you stick with hardier gemstones so your engagement ring can endure your day to day activities.