The Rise In Popularity of Alternative Engagement Rings

When you think of an engagement ring, the chances are that diamonds are the first thing that springs to mind, and with good reason. As one of the strongest natural materials on the planet, diamond engagement rings are said to symbolise the unbreakable bond of marriage. But, whilst classic diamonds […]

When you think of an engagement ring, the chances are that diamonds are the first thing that springs to mind, and with good reason. As one of the strongest natural materials on the planet, diamond engagement rings are said to symbolise the unbreakable bond of marriage. But, whilst classic diamonds will undoubtedly always remain a beautiful choice, every bride to be is different and many have tastes that don’t favour more conventional styles. In fact, it seems that in 2022 more and more brides to be are showing a preference for alternative options. Whether this is in the form of a different style to the classic solitaire diamond on a plain band, making use of less widely used diamond cuts for an unusual silhouette, or completely foregoing diamonds altogether in favour of a beautiful pop of colour. Whatever the choice, it certainly seems that the traditional rings of old are out for modern brides. Here are 3 of 2022’s biggest engagement ring gemstone trends.

Sapphires

Sapphires are a classic and sophisticated engagement ring option if your bride to be would prefer something a little out of the ordinary, but with all the class and elegance of a diamond. As the second most durable gemstone after diamonds, sapphires are an excellent choice as they’re almost as hardwearing, making them perfect for everyday life. Whilst sapphires have been popular for centuries, the resurgence in popularity of sapphire engagement rings in modern times appears to have stemmed from the beautiful vintage sapphire and diamond engagement ring given to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, by Prince William. The stunning, one of a kind piece features a 12-carat oval sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds and was formerly owned by his late mother and undisputed style icon Princess Diana. There are so many stunning vintage sapphire engagement rings available on the market at varying price points and in many different styles.

Rubies

One of the most vibrant colour options, rubies are said to symbolise love, courage and passion, making them an excellent choice for brides to be with a lot of personality that they would like reflected in their engagement ring. Also on the Mohs Hardness scale just behind diamonds, rubies are also extremely resilient, making them much more suitable for an engagement ring than a lot of the softer gemstones that may not be suitable for every day use. Whilst the most common colour associated with a ruby is vibrant red, they actually come in a variety of tones from pink, to orange to the deepest ‘pidgeon’s blood red’. Although ruby engagement rings in general have seen an upward trend, diamond ruby rings have seen a particular rise in popularity, which has followed on from Orlando Bloom’s Valentines Day proposal to fiance Katy Perry in February 2019.

Emeralds

Emerald engagement rings have been a popular choice throughout time and have often been the gemstone of choice for many style icons of their era, from the infamous Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, to the First Lady of fashion herself, Jacqueline Kennedy. With their vibrant colour hues making them extremely distinctive, it’s not hard to see why emeralds are favoured by those who want to stand out from the crowd. The beautiful, but unconventional choice has also increased in popularity in 2022, and it’s being credited to Megan Fox’s beautiful emerald and diamond ring, given to her by fiance Machine Gun Kelly in January 2022. Although vintage emerald rings are still a favoured choice, MGK appears to have opted for a modern take on the emerald trend, combining both an unusual choice of stone and an usual overall design.

Mellie Mebane