Unique Diamond- Alternative Gemstones for Engagement and Promise Rings

Although diamonds are a classic and traditional style ring to show your love and commitment for your significant other, they aren’t always for everyone. Over the past few years, unique and vintage engagement and promise rings have been becoming more popular. Regardless of the stone you choose, your ring will be a gorgeous alternative to a traditional diamond ring.

Here are some of the best alternatives you can use!

Gemstone engagement rings


When cut, this beautiful purple stone looks flawless in your fine jewelry. Although it’s not as hard as the traditional diamond, it still ranks a seven on the Mohs scale, making Amethyst a very durable stone. Plus, amethyst is the birthstone for February, which can make your ring more sentimental if given during that month.


If you’re looking for something similar to a diamond, opals are dazzling, one of a kind stones. Opals are a great alternative because they come in a wide range of types that can match your personality and budget. If you’re looking for an opal engagement ring, natural opals seem to be the best fit. However, if you’re looking for a more bold look for your promise ring, fire opals are transparent and have hues of warmer colors like yellow, orange, and red.


Although typically blue, sapphires come in a range of hues, including peach, pink, yellow, green, and white. Sapphires hold a deeper meaning representing the promise of honesty, loyalty, and trust. Even Princess Kate Middleton has a 12-carat sapphire engagement ring.


Topaz is the imperfectly perfect engagement ring! Believe it or not, topaz is naturally colorless. Imperfections create hues of blue, orange, red, green, and pink in the stone. Topaz makes for a wonderfully symbolic ring because it is the symbol of love and affection.


Zircon is a gemstone that, when colorless, can be a more affordable diamond alternative. If you’re looking for a ring with a lot of sparkles, zircon is one of your best options. Also zircon has hues of blue, orange, yellow, brown, green, red, pink, and sometimes even purple.

Whether you’re looking for a potential engagement ring, a promise ring, or a ring for a special occasion, Lauras Jewelry Designs has an assortment of unique rings to choose from. Give her a ring that holds a more profound meaning than your traditional diamond. Check us out online or give us a call at 573-336-0171 to learn about the custom-designed ring options we are offering today.