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Gemstones are the New Diamonds

By Julie Fink
Posted On Jun 10, 2016
Gemstones are the New Diamonds

I’m not engaged, nor am I courting the idea of a better half at the moment, but that doesn’t stop me from flooding my Pinterest with awe-inspiring, sparkly engagement rings… a girls gotta be prepared! Lately, it seems like the more personalized, custom-made rings appeal to me more than the “traditional” square cut diamond. I’ve always leaned towards a vintage pearl, a sparkling sapphire, or the luminescence of a dazzling opal.

Turns out, I’m not the only one.

Prince William gave Kate Middleton a stunning oval 12-carat sapphire. The engagement ring was worn by both Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge. Penelope Cruz, Jenny McCarthy, Jessica Simpson, and Halle Berry are among those who also sport a hefty gemstone wedding ring.

In fact, proposing with diamond rings didn’t become a popular thing until the 1930s when DeBeer’s (the largest distributor of diamonds) made them popular with heavy and strategic ad campaigns. Prior to DeBeer’s marketing takeover, engagement rings were usually gemstone or pearls.

Also, diamonds aren’t technically any more valuable than gemstones because of their composition or qualities; it’s the diamond market that is just manipulated and controlled differently, therefore making them rarer and costly.

And in case you were wondering about the quality of gemstones, according to Weddingbee.com, the main gemstones (rubies, sapphires, and emeralds) are only the teeniest tiniest bit softer then diamonds but not enough that you would ever know the difference in everyday life.

I personally am in love with the opal, which encompass all colors of the spectrum. Ancients call the opal the “Eye Stone”, like lightning in a rainbow, it flashes its brilliance with even the slightest movement. It is said that it inspires love and hope, innocence and purity, luck and happiness.

So, let the Pinterest games commence! Take a look at these totally gorge and totally unique gemstone engagement rings:


Opal 1
Etsy: charlieandmarcelle
Opal 2
Pinterest: Alexandra Kleiter
Opal 3
Pinterest: Lang Antiques
Opal 4
Etsy: AleaMariCo


Pearl 1
Etsy: PearlOnly
Pearl 2
Pinterest: Michelle Wiesenberg
Pearl 3


Blue Sapphire
Blue Sapphire: JuliaBJewelry on Etsy
Purple Sapphire
Purple Sapphire: EidelPrecious on Etsy
White Sapphire
Peach Sapphire: EidelPrecious on Etsy


Emerald 2
weddingandfamily.net on Pinterest


EidelPrecious on Etsy