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From rubies and sapphires to emeralds and beyond, this article takes a closer look at the plethora of alternative engament ring gemstones available on the market and provides some pointers for identifying the best one for you.


 

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You’ve probably read a heck of a lot about diamond engagement rings and been bombarded by talk of them. With that in mind, the following statement may well come as a big surprise to you, but we'll make it anyway - you aren't contractually obliged to buy a diamond engagement ring at all!


Now that we've made that point loud and clear, and you've picked yourself up from the floor, we can get on with the serious matter of looking at alternative engagement rings...

 

 

 

There are a whole host of alternative gemstones around, and each can provide an attractive, meaningful and perhaps cheaper alternative to their diamond counterparts. They can be just as beautiful, and help to add that personal touch to an engagement ring. So whilst it may be the case that ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, it's also the case that diamonds are a wallet’s worst enemy and to look beyond them is not necessarily a bad idea.

So, if your bride-to-be doesn’t particularly like diamonds, has strong Astrological beliefs, or is after a bit of colour in her life then read on. However, if, like many others, she believes (incorrectly we may add, but don’t tell her that!) that engagement rings aren't official unless they're furnished with a huge financially-crippling diamond, then you may wish to look away now and whatever you do, don’t bookmark this article!


Assuming that you are still reading, let’s outline the alternatives to diamonds in a little more depth. There are three common ways for choosing an engagement gemstone, namely; by birth-month, meaning and by star-sign.



Gemstones by Birth Month

The following list of birth-month gemstones originates from Biblical times. It originated when 1st Century Jewish High Priests used to decorate their ceremonial outfits with the twelve gemstones shown below (in case you are interested – Exodus 28, 15-30!): 

 

MONTH GEMSTONE

January

Garnet

February

Amethyst

March

Aquamarine

April

Diamond

May

Emerald

June

Pearl

July

Ruby

August

Peridot

September

Sapphire

October

Opal

November

Topaz

December

Turquoise

 



Gemstones by Meaning
For those of you who wish to know a little more about the meanings of the gemstones, the following handy table should help you out.


 

GEMSTONE

 MEANING

Agate

Strength

Amethyst

Perfection

Aquamarine

Vitality

Beryl

Physical Awareness

Bloodstone

Courage

Carnelian

Happiness in marriage

Diamond

Innocence

Emerald

Love

Garnet

Devotion

Onyx

Comfort

Opal

Fidelity

Pearl

Purity

Peridot

Friendship

Ruby

Passion

Sapphire

Hope

Topaz

Affection

Tourmaline

Success

Turquoise

Prosperity

 


Gemstones by Signs of the Zodiac
Astrologers have also allocated gemstones to star-signs. In certain cases, these coincide with the same stone as the birth-month stones, whilst in others they differ. In terms of engagement rings the most popular allocations of gemstones to zodiac signs are outlined in the following table.


 

STARSIGN GEMSTONE

Capricorn (December 23rd to January 19th)

Ruby

Aquarius (January 20th to February 19th)

Garnet

Pisces (20th February to 20th March)

Aquamarine

Aries (21st March to 20th April)

Bloodstone

Taurus (21st April to 21st May)

Sapphire

Gemini (22nd May to 22nd June) Agate
Cancer (23rd June to 23rd July) Emerald
Leo (24th July to 23rd August) Onyx
Virgo (24th August to 23rd September) Cornelian
Libra (24th September to 23rd October) Tourmaline
Scorpio (24th October to 22nd November) Beryl
Sagittarius (23rd November to 22nd December) Topaz

 


If you are planning to include one of the gemstones detailed above in an engagement ring, or for that matter any other stone that you have a particular liking for, it is wise to first of all be 100% certain that your partner is not expecting a big bold diamond ring to show off to her friends.

Expensive gems such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds and other can combine perfectly with a diamond to create a visually impressive ring, or alternatively stand alone to create a beautiful alternative to traditional engagement rings.

At the end of the day, engagement rings are simply a symbol that announces to the world that you love each other and are ready to commit to a long term future together – it is not about how much it costs. Less expensive stones such as garnets, opals and tourmalines can convey the message of love just as effectively as a whopping big diamond, and at the end of the day, it really is the heart, and not the wallet, that counts.


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Recommended Reading

For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other engagement articles on our site packed full of expert information and helpful advice, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with jewellers, bespoke ring makers and more.

 
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