Brilliant Alternatives To Diamond Jewelry and Engagement Rings

People always say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I’ve always been partial to them because aside from suiting my simple style they are also my birthstone. They are always considered the best stone to have in your jewelry but why are they so much better than any other stone? The simple answer is, they are not. This idea that they are superior has built up over the years but it isn’t really based on anything.

They aren’t rarer or more valuable than anything else and now that they’ve become so common, they’re not a very interesting choice for jewelry. A lot of people are also moving away from diamonds because there is controversy over how they are mined, and although people give assurances, you can never be completely certain that you aren’t buying a ‘blood diamond’. If you’re fed up of the same old jewelry, here are a few alternatives that you could try.

Brilliant Alternatives To Diamond Jewelry and Engagement Rings

Brilliant Alternatives To Diamond Jewelry and Engagement Rings

Different Colored Diamonds

Some people might like the cut of a diamond but just want something a bit more interesting that the standard white. Places like Jaubalet Paris offer a whole range of different colors of diamond including blue, green, yellow and even brown. This is a good choice for somebody who wants to put a new spin on a tried and tested classic.


Morganite is one of the most popular alternatives out there at the moment, especially when it comes to engagement rings. It has a very subtle orange and pink colour so it’s perfect for somebody who wants something that isn’t drastically different to a diamond but is still fairly unique.

Alternatives to Diamond Jewellery For The Modern Woman


Emerald and Morganite are actually two variations of the same stone, Beryl. Emerald is the green version of this great stone and it gets its colour from the chromium and vanadium traces that are in it. It has a beautiful deep green colour which is a world away from the bright white of a diamond, but it is just as good. If you tend to wear darker colours of clothes, then an emerald is perfect for you.  



Like diamonds, Garnet comes in a whole range of different colours because of the various impurities that are in it. That makes it a versatile choice for jewellery that you can match with any outfit. However, the cut of the stone isn’t that complex so this is one for people that like a bold, simple piece of jewellery.



Although most people think that diamonds are the rarest stone out there, Tanzanite is actually around a thousand times harder to find. It’s only been discovered recently so that may change, but at the minute it’s far more valuable. It’s stunning blue and purple colour is far more unique than an old diamond and it’s the ideal choice for a wedding ring for a partner that prefers something out of the ordinary.



Some people do like the classic diamond, but they don’t like the price tag. There is a solution to that problem, Moissanite. The cut on this man-made stone looks pretty much the same as a real diamond but it costs so much less. To the untrained eye, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between that and the real thing, but your purse will.

Why not consider something a more out there next time you go jewellery shopping? What are your favourite gems?

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  • What some gorgeous ideas, there really is such a range of ideas out there now that you don’t need to go for a diamond but have something that matches your personality.

  • FussFreeJen

    I really do love other gem stones as well as diamonds. There are some gorgeous colours, love the blues of some. And I adore Jasper.

  • Melanie

    Bever heard of Morganite before, but looks very pretty and I would deffo wear this 🙂 x

  • Like you my birthstone is Diamond so I do have a love of them, I have never heard of Morganite before but it does look lovely, am going to look out for this stone x

  • Alison Rost

    What beautiful picks! I’m seeing more and more people going with things other than diamonds, and I think they’re beautiful. Above, my favorite is the different colored diamonds. I wouldn’t have thought about something colored for a diamond ring, but it works! x

  • These are all beautiful picks although I think I’d stick traditional and go for a diamond. Having worked in a jewellery shop for eight years I pretty much know what I’d want x

  • lisa prince

    i never really have been a fan of the normal engagement diamonds rings or wedding bands i like something unique and different these are so pretty

  • These are all lovely, every time I looked at the next one I was yes, I love that. OOO I love that as well. I’d need at least 3 of them.

  • These are absolutely gorgeous! I have never really been a fan of traditional engagement rings, I think I would definitely want something a bit quirky if I was ever to get engaged x

  • Jenna E Morley

    These are all stunning, your engagement ring needs to suit who you are and your own personal style 🙂

  • This is my first time hearing of morganite but I am in awe of how beautiful it is. Such a pretty colour x

  • ive not heard of morganite before and this is probably the best alternative for me. i can’t stop staring at it

  • It is weird that apart from diamonds and emeralds I am not familiar with the other alternatives? But they all love really lovely

  • Love these suggestions. I’m not engaged, but know that I’d want a different from the norm kind of ring when it does happen x

  • I really like the emerald stone
    Though i must say I never wanted an engagement ring myself.

  • Louise Smith

    Ooh, how gorgeous is that rose-gold looking diamond? It makes my engagement ring look super boring! Eek

    Louise x

  • What some absolutely gorgeous ideas, I think I would like something with a bit colour as an engagement ring if I was to ever get engaged.