From enchanting emeralds to seductive sapphires, coloured gemstones offer the potential for individuality like no other thanks to their bold and striking looks.
Coloured stone engagement rings have seen a huge rise in popularity over the last decade. Discerning young brides often choose a coloured stone ring over a traditional diamond engagement ring as they want to show more expression, and it follows the trend of engagement rings more and more becoming a fashion statement.
Kate Middleton's sapphire ring, which once belonged to the late Princess Diana, set the trend for engagement rings with coloured stones, and celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz have also been spotted wearing sapphires and emeralds.
With so many options available, it can be hard to know where to start, so it is best to begin with a broad idea, perhaps by considering your birthstone or favourite colour. Coloured gemstones such as sapphires, emeralds, amethysts and rubies are also often more affordable than diamonds, and can also lend a vintage feel to even the most modern of engagement ring settings. Plus, and there’s a vast array of options in terms of cut, colour and quality. This allows for greater flexibility and experimentation – and of course, a bigger gem on the hand!
Next to diamonds, sapphire and ruby are the next hardest gems, so these are excellent choices. Emerald, although not quite as hard, is also a popular stone.
You can also choose distinctive stone shapes to match your unique colour. Step cut stones can give a dramatic rising, geometric look to the stone, and you can choose from octagonal, oval and asscher cuts as well as many others.
Looking for a truly unique gemstone ring? You can design your own jewellery with Hatton Jewels, selecting your own setting, stones and design for a unique ring as individual as the person wearing it.
Still not sure where to start? Speak to one of our expert team members using our live chat option or get in touch to book an appointment at our boutique london showroom based in Hatton Garden and speak to one of our qualified gemologists.