It’s time to think outside the diamond box. If you are currently in the market for an engagement ring, consider a non-diamond option. Not only can you customize your gemstone, you can also create your very own unique and timeless ring.
It is easy to look around and see diamond engagement rings everywhere. Did you know that wasn’t always the case? In fact, diamonds weren’t the go-to engagement stone until the early 1900s. That was when jewelry mogul De Beers created staggering marketing campaigns to change the perception of diamonds. De Beers worked tirelessly to create a story of love and indestructible commitment around the diamond. De Beers marketed diamonds into the status symbol we know them for today. Fast forward 100 years, and the diamond is the presumptive gemstone for most engagement rings.
There are a number of reasons why you may want to buy an alternative to a traditional diamond ring. You may be interested in bucking the trend and going for something unique that you don’t see many people wearing. You may be conscious of the many lives that are lost every year in the diamond mining and smuggling business, also known as the “blood diamond” industry. Alternatively, you may be considering a family heirloom that boasts a non-diamond gemstone. Regardless of the reason, there are a multitude of excellent options for different gemstones, many of which are more rare than diamonds.
- Morganite. Morganite is one of the hottest engagement ring alternatives right now due to its coloring. Morganite is traditionally pink to orange-pink in color, but can also come in shades of green. Morganite is very feminine in color and style, and is a perfect complement to rose gold bands.
- Tourmaline. This gem has one of the widest color arrays of any stone. From blue, red, pink, yellow, or green, Tourmaline offers many choices of dazzling color. The “watermelon” Tourmaline showcases green on the outside of the stone and pink on the inside.
- Moonstone. Looking for rarity? Finding the perfect moonstone takes a careful eye. Moonstone is made of feldspar, which is an earth mineral. Moonstone that’s colorless with blue sheen is most valuable, but moonstone is available in green, peach, brown, and gray with blue, silver, white or rainbow adularescence (a rare light phenomenon). Moonstone sheen makes it look like it’s constantly glowing.
- Moissanite. Looking for a diamond lookalike? Check out moissanite. Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so moissanite available today is manmade and synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most scintillating gemstones. Moissanite is engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds, but its makeup and visual components are different from a real diamond.
- Sapphire. The brilliance of blue sapphire is breathtaking and stunning. Sapphire is also one of the most durable gemstones. A red sapphire is what we call a ruby, but a sapphire stone can also come in other colors. Regardless of hue, the saturation and vividity of this stone make it perfect for any engagement ring.
At Master Jewelers, you can rest assured that your ring will be one of kind. Our state-of-the-art craftsmanship ensures that you will get a custom design that will stand out from the crowd. Don’t just buy a generic and duplicated engagement ring; choose a custom design that will be cherished for generations.