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Non-Diamond Alternatives for Engagement Rings

March 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Editor in The Wedding Planner

Now that you have finally decided to finally spend the rest of your life with her and you’re ready to make it official by getting down in one knee, the next step is to figure out what ring to proffer on that very special moment. Tradition says go for a diamond engagement ring, but of course you have the option not to follow suit. Whether it’s a sparkly stone that looks almost exactly as the real thing or a unique coloured gemstone, we’ve rounded up eight gorgeous non-diamond alternatives for a proposal ring.

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1. Sapphire
Typically, sapphires are blue stones, but they also come in white, yellow, peach, pink, and green. Ranked as the third hardest mineral, getting a 9 on the Mohs scale, and about a third of the price of a diamond, no wonder this makes a perfect non-diamond alternative for an engagement ring. Although white sapphire don’t sparkle as brilliantly as a diamond, if it’s well cut it can look just as good, giving more bang for your buck if looking for a larger stone.

2. Amethyst
This purple stone gets a 7 on the Mohs scale. It may not be as hard, but still very durable and is much more affordable. Pair it with rose gold or silver for a classic setting or with some other hue for a quirkier look.

3. Emerald
With its distinct green tone, emerald exudes luxurious and precious beauty, making it a popular choice of stone for Singapore brides. While they have seemed to fall out of style over the recent years, if you find the right engagement ring in Singapore that can be paired with a modern setting, this stone can look classy and chic. And with a scale of 8, emeralds can be forever, too.

4. Garnet
Garnets typically come in pinky-red hue, but it also comes in all sorts of colours. Often paired with antique bands, these gems look especially beautiful when matched with pearls and other coloured stones. Scoring between 6.5 and 7.5 in Mohs scale, they are not as durable as rubies, though this reflects in the price. Indeed, a gorgeous option for a much more affordable wedding ring.

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5. Moissanite
If searching for the best diamond alternative, without the skyrocketing price tag, a moissanite could be the perfect stone to purchase. Often mistaken as diamonds, these stones rival the durability of genuine diamonds with hardness level of 9.5 on the Mohs scale. As second hardest mineral, next to diamond, moissanite makes the perfect substitute for a traditional diamond engagement ring.

6. Topaz
Topaz, with its array of glamorous hues and crystal clear clarity, is among the top options for wedding rings. While each of this stone differs in mineral content, topaz gemstone gets a hardness level of 8. Pure topaz is actually colourless, and its hues are created by the flaws in the stone. Imperfection indeed makes up beauty and uniqueness, making this stone a meaningful gift to offer to your beloved on your engagement.

7. Ruby
Along with diamond, emerald, and sapphire, ruby is one of the four precious stones. With a hardness level of 9, this blood-red gemstone can stay beautiful and durable forever even on the busiest hands. This is reflected on its price though, with the finest ruby competing with its diamond counterparts. When shopping for ruby, consider the same four Cs, with rich colour being the priority.

8. Aquamarine
Aquamarine, a pale blue gemstone, also makes a durable option for a proposal ring, with a hardy level of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. It also has enough clarity that makes it look expensive and is known as “the lucky gemstone”—a perfect charm to have as you start your marriage.

Proposing with the right ring to proffer is crucial as it symbolizes the love and commitment a man has for her woman. However, a diamond is not the only beautiful gemstone there is. Many others offer the same beauty—or even more—and are much more reasonably priced than the traditional gem.

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