All the rules have flown out the window in the modern world of engagement rings. Mixing metal colors, using colored gemstones and even mixing colored gemstones… pretty much anything goes! Today’s bride wants different. Today’s bride wants unique. As we prepare for our big Engagement Party this weekend (April 27 – 30), we thought we’d take a moment and explore today’s trending engagement ring gemstones, and give you our expert opinion on their Pros and Cons.
The first known use of a diamond engagement ring took place in 1477, when Archduke Maxmillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring featuring an M spelled out in diamonds. Diamonds remains the number one choice for the engagement ring gemstone and for good reason. Girls love their sparkle… and the fire emitted by diamonds is the brightest of all gemstones. Diamonds also happen to be the hardest substance on earth – they can only be scratched by other diamonds! Nothing speaks to the strength and beauty of a woman, quite like a diamond.
10 on Mohs Hardness Scale means you can wear it fearlessly every day.
Diamonds can be passed down from generation to generation.
They have a long history of maintaining their value.
Quality diamonds reflect the most light of all gemstones, providing an eye-catching dance of light on your finger!
They go with everything!
If you want color, diamonds also come in a all colors of the rainbow.
A diamond screams “I’m engaged!”
Because of all their pros, diamonds are incredibly valuable. Depending on the size and quality you desire, they can be more expensive than other options. You can learn more about our diamond selection here, which includes both earth-mined and lab-grown diamonds. While natural diamonds have a history of maintaining their value over time, it is unknown how the value of lab-grown diamonds will fare in the long run. If you are concerned with your diamond possibly losing it’s value over time, stick with a natural diamond and keep all the paperwork!
Consensus: Diamonds are and will continue be the best option for engagement rings. The brilliance and durability of a diamond is the best reflection of your love and commitment. Fancy diamond colors are an option for those looking for something a bit more unique! Or, add colorful side stones to your ring to make it a bit more unique.
Sapphire blue has long signified royalty and it’s because of royalty that the sapphire has seen a surge in popularity! Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire engagement ring is likely the most famous engagement ring of all time. The Duchess of Cambridge wears the gorgeous 18-carat diamond and sapphire ring that once belonged to Princess Diana. While blue sapphire is the most popular, sapphire gemstones come in a variety of other colors, offering tons of practical options for those looking for a durable, colored gemstone.
9 on Mohs Hardness Scale means sapphire can withstand everyday wear.
You’ve got options! Sapphires come in pink and purple, orange and yellow, green, colorless and black.
The clarity of a sapphire isn’t as important as that of a diamond, because it’s harder to see inclusions in darker stones. Just make sure any inclusions are not affecting the durability of the stone.
One of the common reasons for changing a colored engagement ring stone is simple – she got tired of the color. If you are considering a colored gemstone engagement ring, remember that this piece will be worn for a long, long time. Look for a gem you can love and commit to for better or worse, much like your intended!
Colored gemstones still reflect light, but not as much as a diamond or other colorless gem. The darker the stone, the less light will dance back out the top. If you have your heart set on sapphire, but are afraid you’ll regret not having more sparkle, consider a ring with diamond side stones!
Consensus: If you’re looking for a colorful alternative to diamond, sapphire is the way to go. Its durability can withstand everyday wear and high quality, certified sapphires will retain their value. If you are concerned that you may tire of a sapphire center stone, opt instead for sapphire SIDE stones as showcased in our BeRoyal Collection.
Girls love PINK so it’s no wonder the peachy-pink hues of Morganite have become a popular choice for engagement rings! It ranges in color from pink to rose to peach and violet. As with most colored gemstones, a richer color means higher value.
7.5 to 8 on Mohs Hardness Scale means that a good cut without major flaws or inclusion can withstand everyday wear, but you many see some abrasion over time.
Morganites are frequently discovered in large sizes, thus carat size does NOT have a huge impact on the price.
The pale color of Morganite still allows for plenty of sparkle!
Many find that the pale hues of Morganite are more versatile than other colored gemstones
Hard to Keep Clean
Some wearers report that they have to clean it twice a week to keep the stone looking sparkly and beautiful. Others have reported that they don’t have to clean the stone when they make sure to remove it when applying hand lotion. Luckily, the jewelry is easy to clean. A soft toothbrush and soapy water will do the trick.
Needs a sturdy setting
While the stone is a 7.5 on the Mohs Scale, that’s more than a few points below the strength of a diamond. The edges of the Morganite stone could easily chip if it’s banged around on a daily basis. This requires a protective setting around the Morganite. A stunning alternative to a prong setting is to use a halo of diamonds to protect the pink stone.
Unlike diamonds and sapphires, Morganite has no consistent rating scale and its value may be affected by trend and popularity.
Consensus: Morganite is affordable, beautiful and on-trend. However, trends change and so may the value of your morganite ring. If this doesn’t bother you, go for it! If you want to make sure your ring maintains its value, you may want to consider a pink sapphire as an alternative to morganite.
Shopping Event ALERT: Bremer Jewelry is hosting a Le Vian® Pop-Up Shop on May 10 & 11. If you are in the market for an alternative engagement ring, Le Vian will have over 1,000 One-Of-A-Kind and Limited Edition designs available which include Peach Morganite™ RSVP now for 20% off your Le Vian Purchase!
The pastel multi-hued iridescence of the traditional opal is fascinating to behold and even more fun to wear. The colors embedded in this gemstone make it versatile and oh-so girly, but is it an appropriate stone for an engagement ring? After weighing the Pros and Cons of the opal, it’s obvious that this gem is best reserved for special occasions, not everyday wear. There are numerous types of opal (black opal, fire opal, etc) and they are all similar in hardness due to their composition.
Opal is less expensive than diamond and sapphire, but they do not last as long and may not retain their value.
The lovely pale rainbow iridescence of opal is breathtaking and versatile.
5.5 – 6.5 on Mohs Hardness Scale means that opals are easily cracked and chipped! Since they are a fragile, opals are actually better suited to pendants and earrings where they won’t receive as many knocks. Don’t expect your opal to become a family heirloom – most don’t last that long!
Difficult to service
Due to the softness of the stone (see above), opal rings can be tricky to service. In the event your setting is damaged, extra care will be needed to avoid damaging the opal while making adjustments or repairs. Make sure you use an experienced, trusted jeweler!
Consensus: If you want to wear your engagement ring every day and pass it down to future generations, opal is not the way to go. However, if you have your heart set on opal, consider instead adding opal side stones to a diamond or sapphire and understand that at some point in time they will need to be replaced!
Shopping Event ALERT: Bremer Jewelry is hosting a Le Vian® Pop-Up Shop on May 10 & 11. If you are in the market for an alternative engagement ring, Le Vian will have over 1,000 One-Of-A-Kind and Limited Edition designs available which include Neopolitan Opal™ RSVP now for 20% off your Le Vian Purchase!
The most important part of choosing an engagement ring is making sure it speaks to you. It’s shape, color, size, and style should be a reflection of you and your commitment to forever. Bremer Jewelry’s Engagement Party is the perfect opportunity to explore the multitude of options available to you. It doesn’t matter if you are ready to purchase, just shopping around, or simply dreaming of “someday.” Stop in, try on some gorgeous bling, and have some fun!