Picking the perfect engagement ring takes a lot of effort and consideration. It is symbolic of the love a couple shares with each other. Historically, mined diamonds have been the most popular stones used on engagement rings. The quality and elegance of a mined diamond makes it an excellent fit for an engagement ring. However, there may be situations wherein mined diamonds do not fit the engagement ring requirements of certain couples. A lot of people are not familiar with the various alternatives for the gemstones that can be used on their engagement rings.

Alternative Gemstones for Engagement Rings

Ruby

The hardness of a gemstone can be seen in the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This scale measures the resistance of certain minerals from scratching. Diamond has the highest rating of 10 on the Mohs scale. Ruby is one of the gemstones that come close to a diamond in the Mohs scale with a 9 rating. This shows that the ruby is one of the most durable gemstones that can be used on an engagement ring. Ruby is a type of gemstone that is defined by the color red. A bride-to-be who is comfortable with the color red will love a ruby engagement ring.

Sapphire

Sapphires are colored gemstones that are known to be classic alternatives to diamonds. These gemstones are among the strongest or hardest alternatives to diamonds. They may not be as hard as diamonds since these are considered to be the hardest gemstones, but they are still ideal to be used on a daily basis with a Mohs scale rating of 9. Sapphire gemstones do not suffer from too much wear and tear as compared to other kinds of gemstones. 

However, couples have to be cautious when picking out sapphire engagement rings. It is highly recommended that couples check how much sparkle the sapphire gemstones have. If these gemstones have been exposed under too much heat and irradiation, the gemstones’ ability to let light pass at the molecular level is greatly diminished. Sapphire gemstones have various color options which include blue, yellow, green, black, or it may also be colorless.

Moissanite

This is another type of gemstone that is known to have the closest durability to diamond gemstones. An engagement ring that uses moissanite gemstones fits perfectly for a bride-to-be that has an active lifestyle. Based on the cost of the engagement ring that uses this type of gemstone, it is far from the cost when one buys one that uses a diamond gemstone on it. Moissanite gemstones used in engagement rings are created in the laboratory. They have been developed to attain the same qualities and optical properties of mined diamonds. This is an alternative to a diamond engagement ring that is meant to give off a rainbow and fiery sparkle.

Emerald

For those brides-to-be that consider green among their favorite colors, they will appreciate emerald engagement rings. Emerald gemstones are known for their green color because they contain chromium or vanadium. Emerald has been valued as one of the most precious gemstones throughout time. They can come in various shapes, which may depend on the user’s preference. Even though emerald is not as hard as a diamond, it still has a good Mohs scale rating of 7.5-8. 

These characteristics make emerald gemstones as excellent alternatives to diamonds for engagement rings. There may be some difference between mined emerald and laboratory-created emerald gemstones. A mined emerald gemstone has an antique and organic look to it. For emerald gemstones that have been grown and developed in laboratories are clearer and have a more brilliant sparkle to them.

Aquamarine

This is a type of gemstone that has a pale blue color. It is as beautiful as the color of the sea. Aquamarine engagement rings are more affordable since the type of gemstone it uses is considered to be semi-precious. It has a 7.5-8 rating in the Mohs scale, which makes it a good alternative to a diamond engagement ring. People who prefer to purchase aquamarine engagement rings need to be wary that they buy authentic ones. People sometimes mistake blue topaz with aquamarine. This becomes a problem because aquamarine is more rare and valuable than blue topaz. A significant difference between these two gemstones is that aquamarine has a high level of sparkle or brilliance.