"She said she’d rather not have diamonds, what then?"

Choosing the right engagement ring can be one of the most stressful moments in anyone’s life. The most traditional ring is, of course, a diamond, but modern brides are also embracing coloured gemstones.

If your future fiancé is the type that stands out from the crowd and loves something unique, you may want to choose a gemstone. Sapphires, rubies, topaz, spinels and even coloured diamonds can all make beautiful engagement rings that are sure to impress.

Coloured gemstones can also be mounted with diamonds to create the bridal look without losing the excitement of the colour. A frame of diamonds on either side of the central gemstone is all it takes for a beautiful focal point.

Solar Eclipse Ethical Light Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Ring featured above is the Solar Eclipse Ethical Light Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring in 18ct Fairtrade White Gold. Click to view full details.



The most important part for an engagement ring is how hard the stones is. Colour gemstones are not as hard as diamonds on the Mohs scale. This scale is a 1-10 numerical scale that represents which gemstones are the toughest. Diamonds are at the top of the list, number 10. In relation, rubies and sapphires, which both come in a variety of colors, are a 9. Gemstones like spinel, alexandrite, and topaz are around an 8. 

All these gemstone would be a perfect fit for engagement ring that is worn every day. 



In addition to being the hardest stone, there’s no denying that a diamond is the most classic choice for an engagement ring.  A clear stone will match anything, making it the perfect accessory for wearing every day for the rest of her life.

In the late 1930s, diamond miners were failing due to the hard economy. In order to save their place in the industry, the De Beers Mining Corporation launched an ad campaign that was one of the most successful campaigns in the world. It was this campaign that gave us the slogan “A diamond is forever”, and we haven’t looked back since. 



Hera Pink Sapphire Fairtrade Rose Gold Engagement Ring

The Hera Engagement Ring above features a Pink Sapphire which matches beautifully with a 18ct Fairtrade Rose Gold band. Click to view the Hera collection.

The final consideration when choosing between a gemstone and a diamond is what type of metal your ring will be made of. Diamonds, being clear, work for any type of metal. Yellow, rose, or white gold, silver, platinum, titanium, or any other metal will all look great with a clear diamond.

On the other hand, coloured gemstones require a little more thought. In general, it’s best to err on the side of a silver-coloured metal when choosing a coloured gemstone. Some gemstones, like emeralds, look great with anything; yellow and rose gold goes well with rubies; others, like sapphires, need the blank canvas of white gold or silver to stand out and look their best.



We are fully committed to sourcing the finest materials, mined and created only through sustainable practices.  We look at all options available to us to find the most socially, environmentally and culturally responsible sources.

As one of the UK’s very first Fairtrade Gold licencees back in 2011, we believe that by creating our jewellery from carefully selected sustainable and traceable materials, we can offer our customers jewellery that is beautiful both inside and out, and most importantly, help make this world a better place.

Our jewellery is produced using only sustainable gold, silver and platinum. This means that the precious material is mined causing minimal damage to our planet or life. There are different options for sustainable metals available in the market at the moment, and we have chosen to work with Recycled metals, Fairtrade metals and Fairmined Ecological metals. To learn more about our metals, please click here to visit our Beautiful Ethics page.