While a classic diamond is a traditional choice for an engagement ring, there are many other non-traditional engagement rings you can buy for your partner. In fact, non-traditional engagement rings are growing in popularity, and more than ever, you are seeing gemstones and other unique settings versus the traditional choice. If you are considering a non-diamond ring for your proposal, we have many alternatives you can choose from. 

What To Consider When Buying a Non-Traditional Engagement Ring

If you are considering purchasing a non-diamond engagement ring, there are a few things to consider, like the style of the person you are buying the ring for, the hardness scale of the gemstone, your budget, and what setting style you want. Since gemstone rings are unique and oftentimes come in a wide range of colors and styles, you want to ensure you pick the right one for your partner’s style and taste. Try sneaking a peek at their current jewelry to get some ideas. 

Most Popular Non-Diamond Engagement Rings  

The most popular non-diamond engagement rings are both beautiful and able to handle daily wear. Since most engagement rings are worn 24/7 and rarely taken off, you want to ensure the gemstone you choose can handle an active lifestyle and not scratch easily. Sapphires are one great choice as they have a high score for hardness. Rubies are another great choice for their ability to withstand daily living, while Topaz follows in the hardness scale. While these are by no means the only alternative gemstones to choose from, they are the most popular in terms of their ability to handle daily wear and tear. Other popular choices include white sapphire, opal, and emerald for non-diamond engagement rings 

Pros and Cons of Buying a Non-Traditional Engagement Ring

There are many pros and cons of buying a gemstone over a diamond. Here is a full list of things to consider before making a choice to move from a traditional diamond ring. 


Gemstones are typically less expensive.

Gemstones are great for those who don’t like traditional jewelry.

Gemstones can add color and fun to an engagement ring. 


Gemstones are not as strong as a diamond, so there is more likelihood of scratches and damage. 

Gemstones can be trendy, but not all designs are as timeless as a diamond ring. 

While none of these cons are a deal-breaker, they do highlight a few things to consider before deciding on a gemstone engagement ring. 

How To Find the Right Gemstone Engagement Ring

If you want to go the gemstone route, we welcome you to stop by our store so we can help you find the perfect stone and setting for your engagement ring. We have many options for you to choose from, and we love to get creative and help our customers design a unique and beautiful ring for their partners. We hope this guide helped you get the information you need to make the best choice for your ring purchase.