I always wanted a big, square-cut gemstone engagement ring, much like my friend Sophie’s beautiful aquamarine gobstopper.
However, my husband had other ideas. He seemed to feel it was his manly duty to provide me with with a beautiful, sparkling diamond, which I love and appreciate. For Sophie, there was no diamonds-are-forever pressure. Her own mother and sister had aquamarine and tourmaline engagement rings and for her, blue-coloured betrothal rocks are the norm.
The Princess Diana/Kate engagement ring is an uber-famous example of an engagement ring that is not all about the diamond. That incredible ring has undoubtedly inspired two generations of sapphire engagement rings.
And I always remember that Prince Andrew chose a ruby for Sarah Ferguson, apparently to match her red hair.
Another royal-marrying woman, Wallis Simpson, chose an emerald for her engagement ring.
Like diamonds, blue sapphires, rubies and emeralds are considered precious gemstones. It’s worth exploring the semi-precious gemstones: beautiful, subtle-coloured stones (like Sophie’s aquamarine) that give you more for your money. The selection of rings below include opal, morganite, citrine, topaz, amethyst and pink sapphire and the prices range from $250 – $10,00. I hope they inspire you (and your betrothed!).
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Opal and rose gold ring: MSJewelers on Etsy, Medieval Royal Engagement ring by Julia deVille, vintage blue topaz ring: MSJewelers on Etsy, green amethyst white gold ring, by Arihantdreamjewelry on Etsy, ruby ring: SAMnSUE on Etsy, green amethyst twig texture ring: SAMnSUE on Etsy, citrine cocktail ring: MSJewelers on Etsy, rose gold morganite ring: lturraldediamonds on Etsy, peachy pink sapphire ring: Studio1040 on Etsy, black spinel solitaire ring: onegarnetgirl on Etsy, Edwardian inspired emerald ring: topazery.com, purple amethyst engagement ring: 3caratengagementring.net, london blue topaz engagement ring: janeysjewels on Etsy
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