Diamond-Alternative Gemstones for Engagement Rings

When most think of an engagement ring they think of a simple solitaire ring with a big diamond. But diamonds although, strong, sparkly and traditional aren't necessarily the best option for everyone.

Statement gemstones can be used with diamonds, as the main gemstone or as a colour pop alongside diamonds. There are lots of great options if you're looking for a ring which is a little unusual!  

Here's our breakdown of the best diamond alternative gemstones which work in engagement rings and which gemstones you should avoid.

1. Amethyst

Amethyst and Cushion Cut Diamond Enagement ring by Jessica Flinn Jewellery

Amethyst and Cushion Cut Diamond Enagement ring by Jessica Flinn Jewellery

At 7.0 on the Mohs scale for strength and toughness, Amethyst's are a great alternative to diamonds and they can add some drama to your ring design. Found in both raw cut shapes and polished diamond cut states you can add a purple hue'd sparkle to your design or go for something a little rougher in cut and make it look and more alternative. Pair it with white metals such as Platinum and White Gold or pink metals like Red/Rose gold. Purple colours also work well with greens so you could always introduce some green gemstones along a side of your statement amethysts. 

2. Sapphire

Pear Shaped Sapphire Engagement Ring by Jessica Flinn Jewellery

Pear Shaped Sapphire Engagement Ring by Jessica Flinn Jewellery

If you're wanting larger stones then sapphires are a great alternative to diamonds. They also look amazing with diamonds if you want to mix up the gemstones in your design. At 9.0 on the Mohs they're super tough making them a great alternative to diamonds. Sapphires are actually the third hardest mineral and around a third of the price of diamonds. They're normally found in either a blue colour or pink shade but they can also be found in peach colours, yellow colours and white. 

3. Emerald

Yellow Gold, Emerald and Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring by Jessica Flinn

Yellow Gold, Emerald and Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring by Jessica Flinn

Normally a green shade these beautiful gemstones are great for either mixing with diamonds or stand alone. They can be "gem-cut" which doesn't have the same shape a traditional diamond or they can be "diamond-cut" to have the same facets as a diamond. They tend to be more unusual as they can be cloudy, have natural "inclusions" which give the gemstones their own personality. Although they're not as popular as they once were, emeralds can add a timeless chic feel to your design. They're desirable, luxury and can be truly breathtaking! 

4. Morganite

Morganite and Diamond Red Rose Gold Enagagement Ring by Jessica Flinn

Morganite and Diamond Red Rose Gold Enagagement Ring by Jessica Flinn

Morganites are peach/pink in colour and as a beryl, they are from the same "family of stones" as emeralds, sitting at 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. They look amazing with Rose Gold/Red Gold and are soft feminine and beautiful. They look amazing too when combined with smaller melee diamonds or a halo of diamonds around the stone.

Here's an example of a morganite wedding ring too. Why have one morganite when you can have many? 

Morganite and Diamond Tiara Crown Wedding Ring by Jessica Flinn

Morganite and Diamond Tiara Crown Wedding Ring by Jessica Flinn

There are so many amazing gemstone alternatives out there… Here’s a list of some others we would definitely recommend!

5. Tourmaline

6. Garnet 

7. Topaz

8. Onyx

9. Peridot

10. Ruby

11. Aquamarine

12. Tsavorite

13. Tanzanite

Gemstones we wouldn't recommend for an engagement ring...

1. Turquoise

Although turquoise gemstones are a vivid and bright blue colour the gemstones are often matte and don't sparkle. They also range from 5.0-7.0 so can be significantly softer than other alternatives. When it comes to picking a gemstone for an engagement ring its best to pick a stone which is tough, strong, durable and doesn't scratch easily. After all, your partner is going to want to wear this ring for a long time! 

2. Opal

Although beautiful, opals are too soft for an engagement ring and are better suited for fashion or costume jewellery worn on special occasions.

Here’s a list of a couple more gemstones we would urge you to avoid for an engagement ring:

3. Pearl

4. Labradorite

Good luck with your engagement ring hunt - if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!