We are completely smitten with the non diamond engagement rings trend, and we think it’s here to stay. To put it simply, we are absolutely loving the move towards gemstone engagement rings and alternative options.
So we’re breaking down our absolute favorites and talking about why these types of rings are just so special and epic.
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Why Choose Non Diamond Engagement Rings?
These Rings Are Super Distinct and Personalized
Does your partner march to the beat of their own drum? Do they have their own distinct style? Do they love pops of color? Is statement jewelry totally their vibe? If so, a non diamond engagement ring is the perfect option.
These types of engagement rings are perfect for anyone who’s looking for something more non-traditional. Gemstone and alternative engagement rings really make a statement, and they’ll stand out amongst a sea of diamond engagement rings.
Gemstone engagement rings can also be extremely meaningful. You can opt to give your partner a non diamond engagement ring with their birthstone as the center stone (or even your birthstone, so they can wear a keepsake that reminds them of you!).
Non Diamond Engagement Rings Can Be More Budget Friendly
One of the many perks of opting for a non diamond engagement ring is that, generally speaking, the per carat cost of gemstones will be lower than that of diamonds. So if your partner wants a larger center stone, gemstones are an incredible option.
This is especially helpful if your partner loves the idea of a one-of-a-kind antique engagement ring. Going with a non diamond engagement ring will allow you to snag the perfect ring, without breaking the bank.
Gemstone Engagement Rings Can Be a More Sustainable Option
Diamond mining is certainly not the most environmentally friendly activity, and non diamond engagement rings (and lab created diamonds!) present a much more eco-friendly and ethnical option for conscious couples.
That being said, it is certainly possible for gemstone mining to also have unethical and unsustainable practices. Which is why in our guide, we share rings from brands who prioritize responsible sourcing for their non diamond engagement rings (like Catbird, Blue Nile, Brilliant Earth, Valley Rose, and Angara).
Here at GWS, sustainability is super important to us, which is why we’re sharing our favorite non diamond engagement rings from brands with the same values.
We’ve hand-picked what we think are some of the most stunning, alternative non diamond engagement rings, and we’re sharing the details below!
We love love love this alternative engagement ring’s celestial, starry night vibe! The opal reminds us of a full moon, and the crescent moons on the side make the ring feel like it’s representing the full moon cycle.
If your partner loves star gazing, there’s no dreamier engagement ring than this one. So pretty!
We love the organic, nature-inspired look of this gemstone engagement ring. Its delicate vibe reminds us of little flower buds on a branch!
We think this non diamond engagement ring is perfect if your partner loves the outdoors and wants an understated ring style with delicate, intricate details.
Ok, we are fully swooning at how special this raw blue apatite engagement ring is!
There’s just something about raw gemstones that really make them stand out. They have an organic, earthy feel to them that you just can’t get with a perfectly polished center stone, and we are here for it!
Why have a single engagement band when you can have a stack of three?! We love this triple stack gemstone ring from Blue Nile because it’s eclectic, fun, and totally makes a statement.
The stackable trend is totally in right now, and we love that it has an elevated and styled look to it.
Aaaaand if you ask us, there’s nothing better than saving some money on your non diamond engagement ring and Blue Nile is actually offering some pretty awesome deals for their anniversary sale until August 29, 2021. You can get 30% off jewelry or 15% off engagement ring settings with the code 2021NILE.
We cannot get over how stunning this rainbow non diamond engagement ring is! Believe it or not, it’s made up of a beautiful variety of sapphires in different colors.
We love how different this ring is from anything else out here. If your partner loves pops of color, there’s no better engagement ring than this one. It’s gorgeous!
We love the storybook vibe of this chevron style alternative engagement ring with a pear shaped sapphire. It has this classic yet totally distinct look to it that feels upscale without being fussy.
This is also a Blue Nile ring, and in case you didn’t catch it earlier, they’re having an epic anniversary sale at the moment. Use the code 2021NILE until August 29 for 30% off jewelry or 15% off engagement ring settings. SUCH a steal, and we are here for it!
We love the simple elegance of this pear shaped blue moonstone non diamond engagement ring! It has a handcrafted feel, and we particularly love the rose gold beaded details on the band itself.
Plus, moonstones are actually some of the most budget friendly gemstones you can have as the center stone of your engagement ring!
Bypass style engagement rings like this gorgeous sapphire one are a stylistic throwback to the early-mid-1800s, when this style grew in popularity.
The idea behind bypass rings is that the different sides of the band represent the two different people in the relationship. Where the bands meet the gemstones is where two become one unit. But the different ends of the band not technically meeting also represents the individuality of each person in the relationship. Basically, it shows that each person is their own distinct self, even though the relationship is now a unit.
We love what bypass style engagement rings like this nature-inspired sapphire one represent: the beauty of sharing your life with someone while also being your own independent self!
This gorgeous non diamond engagement ring features a delicate blue topaz (the birthstone for November!) with an emerald cut as the center stone. We especially love the sweet and delicate look the rose gold band gives this gemstone ring.
Dotting either side of the center stone of the ring are clear stones (the ring designer gives you the option to choose from either moissanite or simulated stone!
This non diamond engagement ring is for the minimalists out there. How absolutely gorgeous is this tilted pear-shaped sapphire ring?!
We’re so used to seeing pear-shaped engagement rings in the typical upright position, but we love this tilted look. The shape paired with the lovely blue color reminds us of a raindrop (perfect for those who love dancing in the rain, right?!).
Talk about a gemstone engagement ring fit for a princess!
It’s so secret that we’re kind of obsessed with blush tones, and morganite is the go-to gemstone for the ultimate pink look. The intricate floral halo shape of this morganite ring gives the round center stone a very regal feel to it. Total princess vibes!
Sometimes the perfect non diamond engagement ring doesn’t have any gemstones at all! We are huge fans of this braided gold ring, and especially love it’s hand-braided feel!
You can get this ring in 18K yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold, so there’s tons of options to choose from. And since there are no diamonds or gemstones on it, you can get a top-notch gold engagement ring without blowing your budget!
Wow, okay this opal engagement ring from Valley Rose is just pure magic! Opals are super delicate, soft stones, and we love that each one has its own character to it.
When you go to Valley Rose’s site, you can even see a video of this gemstone engagement ring dancing in the light. The details in the opal are to die for!
How crazy cool is this rutilated quartz non diamond engagement ring?!
We love that the band and surround of the center stone have an elegant, almost princess-like feel, and then the rutilated quartz bring an edgy look to it. Talk about the coolest, most stunning contrast.
We love the modern look a bezel set engagement ring has, especially when paired with a jaw-droppingly beautiful blue topaz. We could basically swim in that blue, it’s just so pretty!
This gemstone ring comes in four different metals: platinum, 14K rose gold, 14K yellow gold, and 14K white gold. For an ultra modern look, platinum and white gold give a clean and simple look.
How lovely is this pearl engagement ring?! We love a good pearl center stone because it’s so unexpected, yet so classic.
The way the light catches the pearl on this ring is to die for, and we especially love the gorgeous flower-like details on the 18K gold band.
Hello, gorgeous! How could you not be obsessed with this morganite gemstone sunburst style engagement ring? It’s fun, it’s playful, and it’s totally give us all the Art Deco vibes.
We especially think this non diamond engagement ring is perfect with a rose gold band, to complement the pink tones in the morganite gemstone.
One of the coolest things about non diamond and gemstone-focused engagement rings is how they put the focus on color and design, rather than a single diamond center stone.
It honestly makes for some of the most standout engagement rings you could choose from, like this lovely blue gradient engagement ring, with pairings of sapphires lined up on the band. The first thing we notice is the variations of blue, and we’re totally mesmerized by it!
If you ask us, garnets are the unsung heroes of the red gemstone world. Rubys get all the attention, but we’re fully in love with the rich, deep red tone that the garnet in this engagement ring has.
When it comes to alternative engagement rings, there’s something so romantic about a red gemstone. It’s the color of love, after all!
Good vibes only. Many cultures consider turquoise to be a stone that gets rid of bad energy and brings luck. Talk about the perfect type of stone for an alternative engagement ring, right?!
And we totally get all the positive vibes from this gorgeous turquoise-dotted gemstone ring. It’s a stunner.
To say we can’t get over how cool opals are would be an understatement. We are just so smitten with the color variations you get when you go with this gemstone for your engagement ring’s center stone.
We especially love the elegance of this opal-centered ring and how lovely it looks with a halo surround. Talk about a non diamond engagement ring with all the fairytale vibes!
There’s something so classic and timeless about emerald cut center stones, but this non diamond engagement ring puts a twist on the classic look by tilting an emerald cut sapphire on its side for an elongated look. We LOVE.
And how cool is it that each of the gemstones on this engagement ring are a slightly different shade of blue?!
In case you can’t tell, we are here for the bypass style engagement rings. This one’s definitely more minimalist in style, compared to the nature-inspired one we shared earlier, but we love it just as much!
The solitary blue topaz immediately draws your eye in and really makes the swooshing bypass style of the ring even more standout.
We love the way the surrounding gems on this engagement ring almost look like they’re raising the pearl center stone up on a pedestal. So regal!
Oh hey there, cutie! How precious is this ultra minimalist gold-banded gemstone ring with a ruby center stone? This non diamond engagement ring is ideal if you’re gifting it to you partner who loves a super stripped down and minimalist style.
This ring is a no frills statement piece, and we can’t help but stare!
The blue green color of the gemstone on this non diamond engagement ring reminds us of an alpine lake, which is so fitting considering it’s a Montana sapphire!
And we especially love the satin finish on the gold band, which gives it a sort of matte feel. Valley Rose does this on several of their alternative engagement rings, and we adore the look!
Catbird’s site describes this engagement ring as “fit for a mermaid” and we couldn’t agree more! The blue and greenish tone of the gemstones on this non diamond engagement ring is giving us major sea princess vibes.
The symmetrical look is classic and traditional, but the colors and the style are anything but! We love that juxtaposition.
Where do we even start with this mother of pearl ring?! We are OBSESSED with how this ring is not only the perfect non diamond engagement ring, but could also be an incredible wedding band, too!
It has a muted, understated look, and we love the glow of the accent pearls.
We adore how timeless this oval shaped ruby gemstone ring is! It has a handcrafted feel to it, and it totally looks like something that will be in style no matter how much time passes. It’ll be just as beautiful, no matter the generation.
There’s beauty in a timeless style and this non diamond engagement ring totally nails it!
Ooooh we love us an edgy non diamond engagement ring, and onyx is basically the go-to gemstone for the moody, edgy look. We especially love the way yellow gold pairs with the stark black onyx on this edgy alternative gemstone ring.
Look at the world through rose colored glasses with this rosy pink sapphire engagement ring. We love the muted, blush color of the trio of stones on this 14K gold banded gemstone engagement ring.
Why have a single center stone when you can have three gorgeous little pink ones?!
Aquamarines have this playful, colorful look that reminds us of crystal clear blue waters on a tropical island. Or the sky on a perfectly sunny afternoon!
These gems are so fun and cheery, and that’s exactly how we feel when looking at this engagement ring!
How breathtaking is this shooting star inspired non diamond sapphire engagement ring? In a world where so many engagement rings are very symmetrical in style, we love how this alternative band does something a little different.
The blue in the sapphires reminds us of the night sky, which is totally fitting, considering it’s called the shooting star ring!
Which of These Non Diamond Engagement Rings Are Your Favorite?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!