Popular Gemstones for an Engagement Ring

The engagement ring that you wear for the rest of your life shouldn’t just represent the love the two of you have for one another, but also reflect each of your personalities and individual style. Many brides tend to lean towards a more traditional route with the classic clear, brilliant-cut diamond, but there are so many other stones that you should consider before making a final decision.  Let’s look at popular gemstones for an engagement ring.

Popular Gemstones for an Engagement Ring

Diamonds

Diamonds are the traditional choice of stone for an engagement ring, but there’s a good reason for this. They are durable enough to stand up to daily wear, show the most sparkle of any other gemstone, and can be cut in a huge variety of shapes.
Clear diamonds have been the most common and most popular for quite a while, but colored diamonds are closing in and offer a good balance between tradition and something more unique. Colored diamonds come in colors such as pink, red, blue, green, brown, silver and black. They come in the same cuts as clear diamonds, such as heart-shaped, princess, brilliant, marquise and pear cut.

Birthstones

Precious and semi-precious birthstones such as ruby, sapphire and tanzanite, are great and beautiful options for your engagement ring. However, some birthstones may not be the best option for an engagement ring, such as emeralds – they would get damaged pretty easily from everyday wear. A stone used in an engagement ring should have a hardness rating of at least seven. You may want to consider the birthstone of yourself or your future hubby.

Sentimental Stones

Some of the best stones for an engagement ring are the ones that have a significant meaning for the bride or the couple. For example, the birthstone for the month when the couple met or a stone that matches a favorite grandmother’s ring would be very romantic and touching. You may even want a stone that once belonged to a loved one to increase the sentimental value.

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