When Not a Diamond, Then What

We live in a world where it seems that diamonds are just too expensive and many women no longer wish to have a shiny diamond on their finger. This could be for one of the two reasons, being that diamonds are simply too expensive, or they truly simply do not like the stone. Let’s look at other popular alternatives to place in your engagement ring. Thankfully you do not need to reject his proposal of marriage due to the lack of a diamond.

Of course, your stone in your ring can be any stone. From regular smoky quartz to a brilliant morganite. With so many specimens of precious and semi-precious stones, the world is literally your oyster. In this article, we are going to look at the most popular ones that are being used today to replace the diamond with on your ‘I do’ ring.


Sapphires have always been a stone that has attracted people. Yet for some reason they are seen as a stone that older women wear, and not young women. Times have changed though and the sapphire is up there as one of the best stones you can choose to replace a diamond with for an engagement ring. Its brilliant blue is said to reflect the brilliant emotional quality of love. In fact, long before diamonds were considered to be the engagement stone, sapphires were the number one choice. Watch this space, they are making a comeback.


If you are looking for a stone that will stand the test of time, you definitely want a ruby. Ruby’s are one of the very few stones that will never go ugly or old. Measuring at 9 on the Moh’s scale, a ruby you buy today will look exactly the same 30 years from today. But a beautifully cut and brilliant red ruby could very well end up costing you more than a diamond. The red of the ruby is said to represent love and the heart and it makes for a brilliant statement piece.


Opals are a recent addition to favourite stones for an engagement ring. They come in multiple colours and they also cascade light, making colour reflect on the surface as you turn it back and forth. Not only does this look as beautiful as the multiple descriptions used to name opals – harlequin, floral, rainbow etc – but it also hides slight imperfections that the stone might have as well as slight scratches that it could get from years of wearing. The cascading colours speak of the many faces of love.


When we think of Amethyst we tend to think of a pretty purple raw stone. Once cut and polished this becomes a beautiful stone to be set in silver or rose gold. Measuring at a 7 on Moh’s scale – which makes them difficult to scratch – this quartz-based stone is a popular alternative to a diamond as no two will ever be the same due to the colour gradient ranging from light lavender to a deep papal purple. The purple is said to represent calm deeper commitment.

As you can see, there is more to an engagement ring than a sparkling diamond.