Diamond Alternative Engagement Rings: Trends We Love — Marrygrams

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Diamond Alternative Engagement Rings: Trends We Love


Don't get us wrong, we love a beautiful diamond engagement ring. They're romantic, durable and timeless. But we are also loving the way modern brides are rocking unique gemstones on their ring finger. Because sometimes you just want something a little different. And diamond alternative engagement rings are very much on trend. From opals to sapphires, there is no shortage of gorgeous options to adorn your hand. Check out some of our favorites below!


Also known as a "lucky stone", aquamarine is a stunning choice for alternative engagement rings. They have crisp clarity giving them an expensive look without actually breaking the bank. And that soft blue hue will compliment the hand of any bride.

diamond alternative engagement ring aquamarine


Typically a blue semi-precious stone - you can also find sapphires in peach, pink, white, yellow and green hues. They also cost about 1/3 what a diamond of a similar size would, making them a great substitute, especially if you're after a larger stone.

sapphire engagement ring diamond alternative


Emeralds are making their way back into modern jewelry with bold settings and an updated cut. These green precious stones are perfect for the bride who isn't afraid to play with color.

emerald engagement ring diamond alternative unique


The ruby is romantic, elegant, and reminiscent of a fairy tale princess - making it a perfect diamond alternative! Because of their rich, red tone and precious quality, rubies may end up costing significantly more than a diamond would. But is there any better investment than true love?

ruby diamond engagement ring alternative


Opals are a popular choice among modern brides for their vintage look and one of a kind quality. No two opals are the same and there are many varieties of color and texture to choose from. Be careful though! Opals are fairly soft on the Mohs scale - requiring more care and maintenance than a harder stone.

opal diamond engagement ring alternative


A favorite gemstone among boho brides, tourmaline usually has 2-3 different colors all swirling together in one stone. It's green and "watermelon" varieties are popular for alternative engagement rings.

tourmaline diamond alternative engagement ring


For the Ultra Violet loving bride - consider an amethyst ring. Pair with a halo of small white diamonds for a look that is truly stunning.

amethyst engagement ring diamond alternative


Vintage, iconic and delicate, pearls are a popular choice for a diamond alternative. They are soft though, and will likely need to be replaced several times throughout the life of your band. But as they are relatively inexpensive this shouldn't stop you from choosing one.

pearl diamond engagement ring alternative


Turquoise engagement rings are a modern twist on an old classic. Pair a matte stone with a halo or cushion of sparkling gems for a ring that is unique, bold and beautiful.

turquoise engagement ring diamond alternative


Morganite is one of the most popular alternative engagement rings. This blush stone is feminine, sparkly, and oh-so chic. Any bride would love to wear this beautiful gem on their finger.

morganite diamond alternative engagement rings

And don't forget to check out our blog on engagement ring maintenance, to keep your ring looking beautiful for years to come!

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