The most-loved gemstone engagement rings and what each one means

Gemstone Engagement Rings

Diamonds are the rockstar when it comes to engagement rings, but there have always been brides who choose to make a unique statement with a coloured ring. From Princess Diana’s famous Ceylon Sapphire and Jackie Kennedy’s emerald and diamond show-stopper, to today’s brides opting for alternative gemstones, it’s also becoming more popular. 

Not only do gemstones bring a pretty pop of colour, each one has a unique story and symbolism, so you can choose one to help tell your love story. 

Here are three of the most-loved gemstones for engagement rings, and the stories behind them.  

1. Sapphire

The stone:  

Sapphire is a precious gemstone which is a variety of corundum. It can be found in a range of colours – in fact, every shade of gemstone quality corundum is called a sapphire, except for the red varieties (which are ruby!). It is most loved, however, in its stunning deep blue shade, and this is the most popular of all coloured gemstones for engagement rings.   

Sapphire is an extremely hard gemstone, second only to diamonds, so it’s also a durable choice for your engagement ring.  

The symbolism:  

Sapphire has long been associated with wisdom and loyalty – the perfect meaning for your engagement ring, as you commit your love to your partner knowing that they are the one for you. Sapphire is also the birthstone for September, so for brides with birthdays at this time it offers an extra personal meaning.  

Sapphire Bridal Set
Morganite Engagement Ring

2. Morganite 

The stone: 

Morganite is one of the most recent gemstones to be discovered, first found in the early 1900s in Madagascar. Morganite is beloved for its beautiful clarity and natural peach-pink colour. With its soft hue, morganite is a romantic yet versatile gemstone for your engagement ring, making it a popular alternative to diamonds.  

It’s a variety of beryl, which is the same mineral that forms emerald and aquamarine. It is also a hard gemstone, rated 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs scale, so it won’t scratch easily when worn in an engagement ring.  

The symbolism: 

Given that morganite is a relatively new discovery for humans, it doesn’t have ancient stories and symbolisms attached to it like some other gemstones. However, with its lovely pink colour, morganite is associated with love and romance, as well as joy and compassion, making it a beautifully meaningful gemstone for your engagement ring.  

3. Aquamarine

The stone: 

Aquamarine, just like morganite, is a gemstone variety of beryl. Its colour ranges from pale blue to green-blue, making it a unique yet timeless alternative to diamonds. Aquamarine is also renowned for its beautiful transparency and sparkle, and similarly to morganite, it’s a hard gemstone – making it both a beautiful and practical choice for your engagement ring.  

The symbolism: 

With its soft blue sea-like colour, aquamarine has long been associated with the sea. In fact, its name comes from the Latin words for “sea water.” Once thought to calm the waters and protect sailors on ocean voyages, this lore has translated today into symbolisms of harmony, connection, and hope – perfect as you and your loved one start your next chapter together.  

Aquamarine is also the birthstone for March, so it’s perfect for brides who want an extra personal touch with their engagement ring.  

Aquamarine Engagement Ring
Gemstone Wedding Bands
Gemstone Wedding Bands

Wedding Bands

Love the symbolism of gemstones but have your heart set on a diamond engagement ring? Add a touch of colour and extra meaning with a wedding band featuring gemstones! Keep your engagement ring and wedding ring in the same shade of gold for a perfectly paired look.  

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