24 Non-Diamond Engagement Rings We Love

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Best Non-Diamond Engagement Rings

Courtesy Era Jewelry / Design by Bailey Mariner

Diamonds aren’t necessarily a millennial girl’s best friend. Whether they have economic limitations, concerns over conflict diamonds, or a desire to express themselves with a more boldly colored gemstone, more and more brides are looking for non-diamond engagement rings.

Young couples in love want a ring that represents who they are, the life they want to build, and their unique love. “Sometimes that uniqueness is expressed through a colored gemstone or a precious metal band,” explains Lisa Bridge, CEO of Ben Bridge Jeweler. “A gemstone could be selected because it is a favorite color, it is from a meaningful place, or it represents a special connection.”

Meet the Expert

Lisa Bridge is a gemologist and the first female CEO of Ben Bridge Jeweler, a company that has been in her family for five generations. In 2015, Ben Bridge launched the Lisa Bridge Collection, a jewelry collection designed by Lisa. 

Sapphire is one of the most popular alternative stones for an engagement ring. Since Princess Diana revealed her stunning sapphire ring, one that Kate Middleton now wears, these gorgeous gemstones have become more sought-after. According to Bridge, sapphires are next to diamonds on the scientific MOHS hardness scale. “Diamonds score a 10 in terms of hardness, sapphires score a 9,” she says. “Sapphires come in a rainbow of colors and are a great option for an engagement ring.”

Read on for the best non-diamond engagement rings that can be treasured for a lifetime.

Best Emerald Style: Gillian Conroy Pear Ring with Emerald

Gillian Conroy Pear Ring with Emerald

Courtesy of Catbird NYC 

This vibrant, pear-shaped emerald is a sight to behold in and of itself. With its 18-karat yellow gold band, the ring emulates a clean, elegant, and minimal look.

Best Quartz Stone: Mejuri Heirloom Ring

Mejuri Heirloom Ring


This honey quartz stone beams of warmth and happiness. It is set in a 14K solid gold band.

Most Unique Setting: Allurez Tension Set Solitaire Peridot Engagement Ring

Allurez Peridot Ring


Peridot is often associated with strength and balance and holds a unique olive-green color. This ring features the vibrant stone in a tension setting with a 14K white gold band.

Best Black Diamond: Angara Princess-Cut Black Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

Angara Black Diamond Ring


Black diamonds are a bold and sleek option, and this one encompasses just that. The princess cut stone is set in a 14K yellow gold band.

Best Ruby: Angara Ruby Solitaire Engagement Ring

Angara Ruby Solitaire Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Angara 

Rubies are second to diamonds and equal to sapphires on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making it an excellent gemstone for engagement rings. The lustrous, deep red hues give this ring understated elegance, and the 14-karat yellow gold band complements it perfectly.

Most Unique: Bloomingdale's Amethyst & Tanzanite Cocktail Ring

BLOOMINGDALES Amethyst & Tanzanite Cocktail Ring


Romance radiates from this baguette-cut watermelon tourmaline lined with shades of tourmaline pavé detailing. The stones are hand-picked so no one ring will look the same, making it a true one-of-a-kind piece.

Best Pearl: Marco Bicego 18K Yellow Gold Ring with Cultured Freshwater Pearl

Marco Bicego 18K Yellow Gold Ring


While diamonds are sparkly and captivating, pearls are a sophisticated, lifelong treasure. This cultured freshwater pearl is held on a textured 18K yellow gold band.

Best Opal: Blue Nile Opal Cushion Cocktail Ring

Blue Nile Opal Ring


While it might be an atypical choice for an engagement ring, Opals have a shimmering multi-color effect that make for an eye catching stone. Opals have been tied to happiness and faithfulness. Just keep in mind that Opals are a softer gemstone, so they must be treated with extra care.

Most Romantic: Brilliant Earth Morganite Willow Ring

Brilliant Earth Morganite Ring


This ring subtly alludes to a flower with its morganite gemstone center accompanied by marquise cut emeralds. It's an untraditional twist that still remains timeless.

Most Delicate: Catbird Blue Vistas Ring

Catbird Blue Vistas Ring


This ring's flawless blend of sapphires and tanzanites is inspired by a sea of blue, just as its name suggests. The band is made of 14-karat recycled yellow gold, making it an environmentally conscious choice.

Best Gemstone Band: Gemvara Emerald-Cut Aquamarine Carrie Engagement Ring

Gemvara Emerald-Cut Aquamarine Carrie Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Gemvara

This glittering, emerald-cut aquamarine ring was inspired by the delicate beauty of the sea. The blue sapphires that line the gold band are a dramatic contrast to the aquamarine gemstone.

Most Statement-Making: Kwiat Oval Engagement Ring

Kwiat Oval Engagement Ring


This emerald and yellow diamond ring is truly a showstopping piece. The center stone is encompassed by yellow diamonds in a halo setting with a pavé split band.

Best with Mother-of-Pearl: Pomellato White Topaz, Mother-Of-Pearl Ring

Pomellato White Topaz Ring


The romantic delicacy of this white onyx and mother-of-pearl ring still brings a traditional feeling to this non-diamond choice. It's set in an 18-karat rose gold and 18-karat white gold band.

Most Regal: Era Trio Sapphire Cluster Ring

Era Trio Sapphire Cluster Ring

Courtesy of Era 

The three 1.9 carats special cut sapphires at the center of this ring are eye-catching, especially set in the 14-karat yellow gold band. This ring has a regal feel, and, placed together, the stones form a shape that could be mistaken for a subtle crown.

Best Floral-Inspired: Sofia Kaman Antique-Inspired Ruby Flowers Ring

Sofia Kaman Antique-Inspired Ruby Flowers Ring

Courtesy of Sofia Kaman Fine Jewels

Sweet and reminiscent of antique floral jewelry, Sofia Kaman’s whimsical ring features rubies that are set in the shape of a forget-me-not flower that wraps around the finger. Emeralds form the leaves of the flower and it has a 14-karat rose gold band.

Best Emerald-Cut Aquamarine: Yi Collection Aquamarine and Emerald Spring Ring

Yi Collection Aquamarine and Emerald Spring Ring

Courtesy of Yi Collection 

The distinctive aquamarine center stone that’s over 3 carats paired with the gorgeous array of emeralds that line the thin band is a sight to behold. It's tied together with an 18-karat natural white gold band.

Most Dainty: No. 3 Emerald-Cut Green Sapphire Wisp Ring

No. 3 Emerald-Cut Green Sapphire Wisp Ring

Courtesy of No. 3 

For something simple but special, consider this emerald-cut green sapphire ring with a thin, handmade 14-karat gold wire band. The ring's design draws the eye directly to the stone and it's beautiful color and cut.

Most Dramatic: Oval Tanzanite Engagement Solitaire Ring

Oval Tanzanite Engagement Solitaire Ring

Courtesy of Jewelry Point 

Tanzanite is a gemstone with a true color that lies somewhere between deep purple and dark violet, and it gets its name because it can only be found in one place: Tanzania. The oval tanzanite is set off by the 14-karat white gold band.

Most Playful: Tiffany & Co. Love Ring

Tiffany & Co. Love Ring

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

For something centered on the word that’s at the heart of any engagement, the Love ring of Tiffany & Co. is stunning in 18-karat rose gold. It features the word “love” written in designer Paloma Picasso’s own handwriting.   

Best Double Band: Sofia Kaman Double-Banded Green Garnet

Sofia Kaman Double-Banded Green Garnet

Courtesy of Sofia Kaman Fine Jewels

Garnets might usually be red, but the striking yellow-green hues of this one help make it a conversation piece. It’s set between two twin 18-karat gold bands.

Best White Jade Center Stone: Yi Collection Jade and Ruby Globe Ring

Yi Collection Jade and Ruby Globe Ring

Courtesy of Yi Collection  

The large, white jade gemstone at the center of this ring is set off perfectly by the rubies that line its band. The white jade was selected by the jeweler for its purity and strength, and its 9-karat gold band was handmade for durability.

Best Prince-Cut Gemstone: Angara Solitaire Princess-Cut Blue Diamond Celtic Knot Ring

Angara Solitaire Princess-Cut Blue Diamond Celtic Knot Ring


Inspired by eternal love and faith, this princess-cut blue diamond Celtic knot ring makes for a unique choice. The band features the traditional Celtic knot motifs and is crafted from 14-karat gold.

Best Under $700: Wouters & Hendrix Gold Pearl Emerald Ring

Wouters & Hendrix Ring


This ring combines the elegance of a pearl with the boldness of an emerald stone. The two come together on an 18K yellow gold band with chain detailing.

Most Intricate: Camellia Blue Diamond Engagement Ring

Camellia Blue Diamond Ring


The various eye catching details in this ring are all memorable in their own way. The ornate detailing in the 14K white & rose gold band give the ring a vintage feel, and the 2ct blue diamond set in the center makes for an unforgettable heirloom.

What to Look for When Buying a Non-Diamond Engagement Ring


“The ring should be able to stand the test of time and be worn and enjoyed every day. Looking for a strong and durable gemstone is key. Some gemstones can be easily scratched or need special care, [and] it is important to keep in mind how the gemstone will match their lifestyle," says Bridge.


If you are looking for a gemstone or other colored stone, it is important to make sure that the metal of the band complements the stone. As a general rule of thumb, yellow gold or platinum typically go with most stone options.


Since your engagement ring is a piece you will be wearing every day, it's important to make sure the color of the stone you choose goes with your everyday lifestyle. You want your ring to be a timeless jewel that you will never grow tired of. 

  • Are non-diamond engagement rings less expensive than diamond engagement rings?

    It depends on which stone you are choosing, but in general, yes. Non-diamond engagement rings tend to cost less than traditional diamond rings. 

  • Why have non-diamond engagement rings recently become so popular?

    Alternatives to diamonds may be more personal and unique to a relationship, and they're usually a more eco-friendly option, as well. Additionally, with non-diamond rings, there are endless style options to choose from.

  • How do I clean a non-diamond engagement ring?

    While most diamonds are cleaned the same way, non-diamond stones may have different methods to keep them in tip-top shape. Make sure to talk to your jeweler about the best method for your particular stone. 

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Robin Raven has been a professional journalist for over a decade. She has written for publications including Forbes, The Washington Post, HuffPost, Reader's Digest, and USA Today.

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