Step Away from Tradition and Consider These Overlooked Gemstone Rings

Step Away from Tradition and Consider These Overlooked Gemstone Rings


Diamonds tend to steal the show when it comes to engagement rings. But why does it have to be that way?

The world of gems offers a huge array of gemstones in a veritable rainbow of colors. It's popular now to go against the grain and step away from traditions. Why not step away from the diamond tradition and take a look at gemstone rings instead?

You'll be sure to have something unique. And don't worry, everyone will still be gushing over your gorgeous new ring!

Let's take a look at a few of the awesome options that you have to pick from.


Even if you're bucking tradition a bit with a gemstone ring, you can still give it a nod with a sapphire. This beautiful gemstone represents faithfulness, loyalty, truth, and devotion. That sounds like the perfect kind of thing you want your engagement ring to represent.

They are also a very hardy gemstone. While diamonds can brag that they are the only 10 on the Moh's scale, sapphires aren't far behind. Coming in at a 9, sapphires are plenty sturdy enough to stand up to everyday wear and tear.

One of the fun things about choosing a gemstone rather than a diamond is the colors. Blue is the most common color for sapphires and you can find it in every shade from light to dark.

But even if blue is not your color, you can still choose a sapphire. They come in pink, pinkish orange, peach, green, yellow, and even white. If you like the diamond look, but can't afford it, a white sapphire is a great choice at a fraction of the price.


Rubies are a classic gemstone. Nothing screams love and romance more than their lovely deep red color. The dramatic beauty of a gemstone ring with rubies is absolutely breathtaking.

Like sapphires, rubies also earn a 9 on the Moh's scale. This gives a lot of peace of mind that you don't have to treat your ring with kid gloves.

Unlike sapphires, however, rubies can actually be just as expensive as or even more than diamonds. Thus, if your purpose in choosing a gemstone ring is to save money, the ruby may not be your best bet. If you're looking for a gorgeous red stone, however, the ruby is perfect for you.


The emerald is another of the classic gemstones that everyone knows and loves. The rich, deep green color is enchanting and calming. A ring with emeralds is sure to draw the eye simply for its rich color.

The emerald rings in at 7.5 to 8 on the Moh's scale. Though not as hard as the sapphire or ruby, it is still durable enough to stand up to everyday wear.

While the emerald tends to appear most in vintage pieces, there's nothing that says it must stay in the past. Choose a modern setting for your emerald and you'll be sporting a new look for a new age.


With just these 3 stones we've already seen a variety of colors that you can choose from for your engagement ring. But maybe we haven't hit your favorite color yet.

How about a lovely lavender?

Amethysts are gorgeous stones that come in lovely shades of lavender and lilac. It makes for a gentle, feminine look and pairs well with most clothing choices. The dramatic red of a ruby might clash with certain outfits, but the delicate amethyst works for almost every ensemble.

To set off the stone better, try it in a silver or white gold setting. If you want a truly unique, romantic look, opt for rose gold instead.

Amethysts are a much more affordable option than diamonds. Of course, they won't be as hard but with a 7 on the Moh's scale, they can stand up to daily wear.


Looking for a bit of extra luck as you enter this new stage of life called marriage? The aquamarine might be just the ticket. They are traditionally known as the "lucky stone".

The aquamarine boasts a lovely shade of sky blue. Like the amethyst, the delicate color works well with almost any ensemble. Plus, you can mix and match it with other stones or different colored metals to create a unique look.

You also don't have to worry about scratching the aquamarine. As a cousin to the emerald, it also ranks between 7.5 and 8 and will stand up to life's little abuses.


Morganite rings are enjoying a bit of time in the limelight right now as far as engagement rings go. The delicate pink color has the perfect combination of romance and femininity. Pair it with the right metal and maybe even a few small diamonds and the result will blow you away.

Don't let its delicate color fool you, though. Morganite is not a stone that will back down easily. This is another cousin to the emerald and also ranks 7.5 to 8 on the Moh's scale.


If you love the color of the ruby, but not the price, a garnet is a good option. The color is not as quite a deep, rich red as it has a bit of a pink tone thrown in. But it is still a lovely red stone that makes a beautiful piece of jewelry.

Garnets are not as expensive as rubies because of their hardness. They only get a 6.5 to 7.5 on the Moh's scale. This is still hard enough to stand up to normal wear and tear, although you may want to be a little cautious in some circumstances.

The big benefit of the garnet is the price. You can get a gorgeous ring without having to sell an organ to do it.

Love the Idea of Gemstone Rings?

Gemstone rings are a fabulous way to break out of the traditional mold of diamond engagement rings. No doubt, diamonds are gorgeous, but there's nothing that says you have to stick to them for this important piece of jewelry.

Create a piece that is truly unique and expresses your personality. Choose your favorite color or a color that represents your personality. Get creative and you'll have a piece that will keep everyone talking for years to come.

To get started, check out our dazzling selection of gemstone rings.