Why consider a non-diamond engagement ring

Engagement rings have long been associated with diamonds. In fact, a classic brilliant-cut solitaire may be the first thing you think of when someone says the words “engagement ring”.

However, more couples are now opting for styles that feature alternative gemstones, untraditional designs and a splash of colour.

We speak to Sydney-based custom jeweller, Fairina Cheng, about why it could be a good idea to consider a non-diamond engagement ring.

1. They can be more cost effective

When it comes to engagement rings, the common belief is that a big, sparkly diamond is a must-have. This is where jewellery salespeople may helpfully advise you that a diamond ring should cost approximately three month’s salary.

“Other than practicality and durability considerations, there are no rules when it comes to engagement rings,” says Fairina. “Many couples want a unique design that tells their story and you don’t have to play by the three-month rule to achieve this.”

“Diamonds have excellent durability and are the hardest out of all the gemstones. However they’re also generally much more expensive than other gemstones of the same size. A non-diamond engagement ring can help reduce your spend or get you a larger stone for your budget.”

2. There are a wide range of colours to choose from

Gemstones come in all colours of the rainbow, offering a much larger range of choices than diamonds do. “Sapphires are second in hardness to diamonds out of all the natural gemstones. And they come in gorgeous blues, greens, yellows, teals, pinks, oranges, purples, and even combinations of these colours,” says Fairina. “Other gems to consider include rubies for bold red tones (and a hardness equivalent to sapphires), emeralds for vivid greens, aquamarines for watery blues and morganites for soft peachy hues.”

Some gems are more durable than others, so it’s best to consult with a jeweller before making a decision.

3. You can personalise, personalise, personalise

Your engagement ring should put a smile on your face every time you look at it. “Go beyond ‘off-the-shelf’ and create a ring that tells the story of who you and your partner are,” says Fairina. “Think about personalising your piece with birthstones, textures, colours and memories that you can carry with you everyday.”

4. You can choose something completely unique

Gemstones are a great way to infuse your engagement ring with your story.

“Diamonds these days may seem like the ‘standard’. But why be standard?” says Fairina. “Think about using bold pops of colour or pastel tones, as well as playing with different gemstone shapes and sizes. Rather than the classic solitaire or three-stone ring, enjoy the freedom to dream up asymmetric clusters, Toi et Moi designs and unconventional halos.”

Fairina Cheng specialises in untraditional non-diamond engagement rings for rule breakers and story makers. Get in touch to create an engagement ring so personalised, it couldn’t have been made for anyone else.