When you’ve found the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with and are ready to pop that famous big question, you’re on your way to the unique journey of engagement ring shopping. In terms of available options in the 21st century, sky is the limit, however many people find themselves on a tight budget. According to research, the average price spend on an engagement ring in the US is roughly $6,000, but there are plenty of gorgeous options for less than half of that amount.
While diamonds have generally been the go to center stone for the past few decades they are certainly not the only great choice. If your lady is into color, other stones like sapphires, morganites and aquamarines make for unique engagement rings that with proper care will stand the test of time. Let’s explore some of them in further detail.
Sapphire Engagement Rings
The ultimate princess is now wearing it and so if it’s good enough for royalty it’s definitely good enough for your princess. Sapphires rate a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale which is only 1 point behind diamonds. What that means is that they are incredibly durable stones, easily suitable for everyday wear.
Sapphires come in many colors including pink, blue and yellow. Because sapphires cost less per carat than diamonds you can get a much larger stone for a fraction of the cost. Diamond accents such as on the halo or on the band will give the ring extra sparkle, but because they are not big, the cost can be kept relatively low.
This beautiful engagement ring set with an oval 1 carat yellow Sapphire is surrounded with a double halo of Sapphires and diamonds. A total diamond weight of 0.31 carats includes the halo and the shank. Yellow gold scrollwork forms the delicate gallery and intricate engraving runs along the shank reminiscent of old world charm.
Classic and elegant, this oval Sapphire engagement ring features a 1 carat blue Sapphire and a bursting diamond halo. Combined with the sparkling diamonds on the shank and the halo, this ring boasts a total of 0.46cts of diamonds.
A feminine 1 carat oval pink Sapphire stone is surrounded by a halo of Sapphires and diamonds forming a rectangular shape. Pave diamonds line the shank and a diamond arch forms the surprise rose gold gallery. This is truly a dream ring for ladies who love pink Sapphire and want an engagement ring that makes a statement.
Morganite Engagement Rings
Morganite is a rare semi-precious stone used for engagement rings and a great alternative to the diamond. It rates a 7.5 to 8 on the hardness scale which still makes it suitable for everyday wear. Visually it’s very beautiful, flaunting a peachy-pink hue with a high degree of brilliance and various shades of blush. It is also a beryl, like its more famous cousins the Emerald and Aquamarine. It looks great in more romantic, vintage type settings like a halo or florals. It also looks best set in rose gold as the two blush tones really complement each other nicely.
Aquamarine Engagement Rings
Like the morganite, aquamarine also rates a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs hardness scale. It’s blue tone flatters almost every skin tone and according to ancient beliefs, it promotes calm and symbolizes understanding, loyalty and friendship in a relationship. If March is a special month to you, like her birthday or your anniversary, aquamarine is the official March birthstone. With proper care this lovely blue gem will last a lifetime.
The most important thing to remember is that no matter what engagement ring you choose, if you picked it out with love and care, the amount you spent doesn’t matter…. really. So set a budget that makes sense for your situation and start looking!