The tide seems to be turning in the choice of engagement rings! Non-diamond ones are catching on, as reported by The Straits Times.
For anti-diamond ladies, precious stones are gorgeous alternatives, especially when each gemstone has a unique story or meaning to its own.
Our miracle workers' top 8 picks for diamond-alternative gemstone rings:
The name Amethyst is derived from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” that originates from an ancient legend.
The wine god Bacchus was outraged over an insult and decided to avenge himself by getting the first person he meets devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal was a beautiful maiden named Amethyst who was journeying to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the ferocious tigers sprang, the goddess saved her by turning her into a clear, white crystal.
Bacchus, regretting his mindless cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the crystal as an offering. That gave the gem its iconic purple hue.
Amethyst is the stone of faithfulness with a fascinating back story that makes a unique precious engagement ring.
Garnet is believed to get its name from Latin for "seed" (granate) due to its colour similarity to a pomegranate seed.
It is a stone that represents sensuality, love and passion. Perfect for antique ring designs, garnet looks gorgeous paired with pearls or stones of other colours.
It is not as hard as its ruby counterparts, but this is reflected in its affordable price.
Feminine, romantic oh-so-pretty, morganite is a popular choice for engagement rings.
Morganite comes from the same family of stones as emeralds.
It is known that the price of morganites varies quite a bit, so speak to your jeweller about the cut and quality of your stone to find the right price point.
If you’re seeking the bling and hardiness of diamonds but without its steep price tag, a moissanite might just be the stone for you.
Discovered 120 years ago, these beautiful clear stones were then mistaken for diamonds. At 9.5 on the Mohs scale, moissanites are just behind diamonds as the second hardest mineral in the world.
It is a wonderful substitute for diamonds. Choose a well-cut ring that'll show off its clarity.
Sapphires are typically blue, but also come in other hues like peach, pink, yellow, green and white.
At 9 on the Mohs scale, sapphires are the third hardest minerals, but about a third of a diamond's price, making them an ideal diamond substitute.
Pearls are beautiful and classy. They can look perfect in vintage rings and even modern ones.
The downside is that pearls are made from calcium carbonate. At 2.5 to 4.5 on the Mohs scale, pearls would be scratched or may tarnish easily.
It would be a good choice if the pearl engagement ring is worn only occasionally. Alternatively, choose smaller pearls and have them set into the surrounds of hardier gemstones.
Opals make the most beautifully unique clusters and are known for their vibrancy! Some even reflect the entire rainbow as they move and dazzle. It is said that no two opals are ever the same.
At 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale, opals are not quite as hardy as other gems, but make beautiful engagement rings nonetheless. Just be mindful of the mild tarnish that may occur or reserve the ring for special occasions.
Tanzanite is a rare and gorgeous gemstone that was only discovered in the sixties. Its name was actually given by Tiffany & Co (who are huge fans of this gemstone) after its place of origin in Northern Tanzania.
1000x rarer than diamonds, Tanzanite is a fitting stone for your one in a million. There is an estimated 30-year supply of this gemstone left in the world, making it an extremely precious choice for an engagement ring.
If you're keen to have your own custom gemstone engagement rings made in Singapore, you could consider these jewellers.
Bespoke Jewellers in Singapore
1. Fairy Inc
Bespoke wedding bijouterie that weave testaments of love and light since 2002.
Address: Delfi #03-03, 402 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238876
Tel: +65 6235 5570
2. Choo Yilin
Maker of bespoke, exquisite and swoon-worthy wedding and engagement jewellery. Check out their iconic peranakan-inspired designs.
Address: 333A Orchard Rd, 23 Mandarin gallery, Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 6733 1131
3. Elverd Designs
The Elverd Designs look is vintage-inspired fusion, feminine but also edgy and sophisticated. They specialise in hand-cut gemstones.
We hope you like our top picks from this article 8 Gemstone Engagement Rings We Love For Anti Diamond Ladies and find the jeweller recommendations useful!
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