Gemstone Engagement RingsDiamonds quickly gained popularity as an Engagement Ring material when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy the first known Diamond Engagement Ring in 1477. Eventually, the rest of the world followed suit.

While this fashion has persisted, diamonds are certainly not your only option when picking an Engagement Ring. There are numerous additional gemstones to think about that will make gorgeous Engagement Ring alternatives if your tastes lean towards something a little different.

When selecting alternate gemstones for your Engagement Ring, keep the following in mind:

1. Your individual taste: Your Engagement Ring should reflect your particular style; therefore, you should decide what kind of gemstone best does that.

2. The symbolism of the gemstone: Numerous gemstones have associations and symbolic meanings. For instance, Rubies are linked to love and desire, while Sapphires are frequently associated with knowledge and faithfulness. If this is important to you, you should think about the meanings associated with several gemstones before selecting the one that has the greatest personal significance for you.

3. The gemstone's durability: Regrettably, not all gemstones are made alike, and as a result, not every one of them is suitable for use in your Engagement Ring. You should think about the durability of your desired gemstone and where it falls on the MOHS Scale of Hardness, as shown in the illustration below.     

MOHS Hardness Scale

We advise you to carefully assess the appropriateness of any gemstone that has a MOHS score less than 9.

If a gemstone's MOHS hardness score is less than 9, we highly advise you to think twice about whether it is suitable for you. This is not to indicate that you shouldn't choose gemstones that are rated lower, only that you need to be aware that the gemstone will be vulnerable to chips, scratches, and even breaking over the course of many years of daily wear.

Without question, we prefer using diamonds, sapphires, and rubies when making Engagement Rings because we are confident in their ability to retain their beauty and integrity throughout time. 

By considering the aforementioned factors, you may select a gemstone that is ideal for your Engagement Ring and that exquisitely captures your personality and way of life.