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If you need an engagement ring without diamonds, you’ve got options. Non-diamond engagement rings are becoming more common, and you have your pick of stunning and practical diamond alternatives to choose from. There’s a wide range of reasons why some women don’t want diamond engagement rings, from ethics to aesthetics, so it’s imporant to get clear on why she doesn’t want a diamond before selecting an alternative.

Most women want something really unique that no one else has, and an engagement ring without diamonds is the quickest way to ensure that. For some brides, it’s important to stay true to their own personal style, and diamonds are just not part of their look. Notice how a lot of women with really strong person style have unconventional engagement rings. Then there’s women who take pleasure in bucking tradition; they want a non-diamond ring because they’re non-traditional in other aspects of their life, so why would this be any different?

If she wants a ring without a diamond, it could be because of conflict in Africa and the prevalence of blood diamonds. Some women opt of of diamonds because they want an environmentally friendly engagement ring, and want to forgo anything that was mined from the earth. No matter the reason, if she’s only interested in engagement rings without diamonds, here are the best non-diamond alternatives.

MOISSSANITE

Discovered inside ancient meteorites in 1893, moissanite looks almost exactly like diamonds, but is a fraction of the cost. It’s a great option for women who like the look of diamonds but not the ethical implications, and this stone is both ethical and environmentally friendly. If you’re comparing moissanite vs diamonds, moissanite refracts a higher brilliance and luster than diamonds, but diamonds are more durable (moissanite is a close second). The women who opt for moissanite engagement rings typically fall into two camps: those who want the look of a diamond without the price tag, or women who need an ethical engagement ring.

ALEXANDRITE

Alexandrite is a beautiful option for a diamond-free engagement ring. Known as a chameleon stone, alexandrites change color and can appear bluish green to reddish purple depending on the light. Alexandrite engagement rings are a practical choice because at 8.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, they’re tough enough for everyday wear. They’re also one of the rarest gemstones in the world, a perfect choice for the type of woman who wants an unconventional engagement ring that (almost) no one else has.

 

MORGANITE

Morganite engagement rings have become one of the hottest diamond alternatives on the market because they’re durable enough for everyday long term wear, and they come in gorgeous hues ranging from peachy pink to purple-tinged tones. There’s a sweetness and femininity to pink engagement rings, and their light color makes them the rare non-diamond ring that doesn’t seem totally untraditional.

SAPPHIRE

Sapphires are the #1 most popular choice for non-diamond engagement rings. Blue sapphire engagement rings have long been a classic choice, worn by both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, so for women who skew traditional but don’t want a diamond, a blue sapphire is a safe bet. As one of the toughest stones on the market, it’s a great choice for everyday wear. If you want a twist on a classic, go for a sapphire engagement ring in a different color: they come in orange, pink, white, yellow, green, and black. There’s nothing more unexpected than a sapphire engagement ring that isn’t blue, great for a bride who wants an unconventional engagement ring.

OPAL

If you’ve ever seen an opal, you know how magical the kaleidoscopic stone is. Opals are one of the top choices for non-traditional engagement rings, and their popularity is only rising. Full disclosure: opal engagement rings are not the most durable choice and they require extra care to keep them in tip top shape, but for some brides, the incomparable rainbow effect of the stone is worth it.

LAB GROWN GEMSTONES

If she wants a conflict-free stone, getting a non-diamond engagement ring may not be enough. Mined gemstones can still have negative social and environmental impact just like diamonds. Lucky for you, most popular gemstones have lab made counterparts so if she has to have an ethical stone, lab created gemstones are an ethical and budget friendly diamond alternative.

Regardless of your reason for going the non-traditional route, you’ve got plenty of alternative engagement rings to choose from so both you and your partner can get what they want.