Natural Gemstone Alternatives To Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on: 27 February 2015

If your sweetheart does not like diamonds, then you need to be extra creative when choosing just the right engagement ring to pop the question. The good news is that there are a wide range of natural stones that make amazing looking rings for you to choose from.

Here are some alternative semiprecious stones for you to consider, each of them can be placed into a mounting made of the following minerals:

  • silver
  • gold
  • platinum
  • copper

Aquamarine - Aquamarine ranges in color from clear to dark blue. The darker the blue color in the stone the more expensive it will be to purchase.

Opal - Opal comes in a wide variety of colors from white to nearly black. There are also blue, green and red opals as well. While opals are amazing to look at, they are a very soft stone so you need to be mindful of this when the stone is mounted. 

Amethyst - Amethyst is a purple variety of the crystal quartz. Amethyst varies in color from very light to dark purple. Amethyst can be placed into a ring in its crystal form, and it can be faceted as well.

Peridot - Peridot is the gemstone quality version of the common mineral olivine. Peridot is typically a light green color and is very clear. Peridot is faceted like diamonds and has a great sparkle.

Jet - Jet is a black form of the common mineral of quartz. True jet is completely black and does not absorb light. The stones are faceted and polished to a high-shine. Jet looks wonderful when it is mounted in a copper or platinum mount.

Jade - Jade is a clear white to dark green mineral. True jade is very expensive and a very, very hard mineral. Additonally, there are other versions of "new jade" sold today which are actually the minerals of williamsite, jadeite or californite.

Alexandrite - Alexandrite stones have an interesting play on color. The stones are green outside in the daylight but under a light bulb they change to become bright red. This type of stone is fairly rare and pricey based upon this neat color play.


By selecting a natural, semiprecious gemstone ring to use to ask your sweetheart for their hand in marriage, they will surely feel special and unique. If you need additional information on other natural stones that make good alternatives for diamonds, you should speak with a local jeweler at places like Chiccarine's Fine Jewelry.