6 Types of Precious Stones for Engagement Rings
1st September 2020
by Tara W.
Without a doubt, diamonds are the most popular precious stones for engagement rings, but did you know there are many more to choose from?
From beautiful coloured gemstones, marvellous yellow diamonds and unique black diamonds, there are plenty of precious stones to adorn your engagement ring. Each one is unique in its own way and offers a different finish. In this article, we discuss 6 types of precious stones for engagement rings.
1. Diamonds - Diamond engagement rings
It is no secret that diamonds are the most popular stone for engagement rings. They are formed when carbon is exposed to high pressure, and heat under the Earth’s mantle. This process takes millions, if not billions, of years to complete. The amount of time it takes for diamonds to form is just one of the things that makes them so special.
Diamond engagement rings are ideal for proposing to your loved one as diamonds represent faithfulness, purity and commitment.
2. Sapphires - Sapphire engagement rings
Sapphire engagement rings have long been associated with royalty and have become increasingly popular for proposals. This is possibly due to the fact Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Sapphires are gemstones of the mineral corundum. Corundum is clear, but it is the trace elements that determine its colour. In this instance, blue sapphires get their colour from the presence of titanium or iron. Sapphires do, however, come in a variety of colours such as pink, yellow and purple.
3. Yellow diamonds - Yellow diamond engagement rings
Yellow diamonds can be discovered all over the world such as Central Africa, Australia, Brazil and Congo. Yellow diamonds are rarer than clear diamonds. They get their yellow colour, during the process in which they are formed, from the presence of nitrogen molecules. These molecules absorb blue light which, in turn, enable the diamond to reflect as yellow.
Yellow diamond engagement rings are truly special. They symbolise the beginning or the continuation of a lifetime of love, making them a great choice for a proposal to your loved one.
4. Rubies - Ruby engagement rings
Did you know that sapphires and rubies are made of the same mineral - corundum? It is the presence of chromium that gives rubies their signature red colour. All other colours of gem-quality corundum are known as ‘fancy sapphires’ such as pink sapphires, purple sapphires, orange sapphires and green sapphires.
Rubies are the birthstone for those born in July and are known as the ‘stone of love’. They are thought to symbolise passion, power and energy. For this reason, ruby engagement rings are a great alternative to a diamond if you are looking to propose.
5. Black diamonds - Black diamond engagement rings
Black diamonds are mystical and unique in appearance. Although they may not be the first precious stone to consider when you are searching for an engagement ring, they are a great choice if your loved one is a fan of alternative styles.
If you are searching for a black diamond engagement ring, platinum or white gold metal tends to be favoured to provide a striking contrast between the stone and the setting. Black diamonds also look beautiful when paired alongside clear diamonds. They are thought to represent ‘unchanging love’ making them ideal for a proposal.
6. Emeralds - Emerald engagement rings
Emeralds have a beautiful green hue that is favoured among many. They are formed when beryllium, aluminium, silicon, and oxygen combine in hydrothermal veins (veins filled with hot water) within the earth. They are often found in metamorphic rock, volcanic deposits or cracks in areas of granite.
An emerald engagement ring is a great choice if you are searching for a unique piece to propose with. Emeralds are sometimes referred to as the ‘stone of successful love’ and have long been thought to possess spiritual power and healing properties.