Diamonds may be some girls' best friends, but they are not for everyone.
While diamonds are still the most popular gemstone used in engagement rings, other diamond alternatives have become increasingly sought after in recent years.
Brightly colored, stunningly cut gemstones differ from the classic standards of an engagement ring.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Longoria and Holly Berry are some of the few who have chosen colored stones and, of course, do not forget the British royal family and luxurious sapphire ring from Kate Middleton.
Whether it is a diamond shiny stone or colored sapphire, it must be unique.
We have found 5 gorgeous diamond alternatives that are just as beautiful as a diamond.
Sapphires, usually blue, are precious stones. They have other hues too, such as peach, pink, yellow, green, purple, and white. Sapphires are considered one of the hardest. They are perfect substitutes for diamonds and are considered one of the best gemstones.
Emerald, with its clear rich green tone, is beautiful, luxurious, and precious, which makes them a desirable stone for engagement rings. They are even rarer than diamonds and are ideal for those who want to maximize the size of a ring stone with a narrower means, as they look larger than a diamond of the same carat weight due to their lower density.
Like emeralds and sapphires, rubies are one the most precious and popular stones with their rich, luxurious red hue.
In ancient times, rubies symbolized protection and wealth. In many other cultures, it is a symbol of love and devotion.
Opals are one of the most unique stones, and while they were seen as old-fashioned, over the last few years, they’ve been making a comeback. They reflect the entire rainbow as they move and dazzle with their charm.
Peridots are one of the few gemstones in the world that only appear in one color, a beautiful, olive-green. Sometimes they are confused with emeralds.
Peridots are often considered a token of love. Napoleon famously gifted his first wife Josephine with one with that symbolism of his admiration. Thus, tradition makes them a rather romantic engagement ring gemstone.
You shouldn't choose a diamond just because it is traditional. You can be creative and find an alternative type of stone that will suit your look, style, budget, and personality and that you will be happy to wear every day.