Did you know that an engagement ring doesn’t necessarily have to be a diamond ring? Diamonds certainly are the popular choice and it’s not hard to see why. That said, engagement rings set with other gemstones, such as emeralds and sapphires, are an enticing option for those who want to stand apart from the crowd. Of course, choosing an alternative gemstone doesn’t mean you need to exclude diamonds altogether (perish the thought!) The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, for example, wears a blue sapphire diamond engagement ring that belonged to the late Lady Diana.
Here at Berry’s we are pleased to offer a wide selection of gemstone set engagement rings that are simply to die for. We’ve put together a list of five of our favourite stones below for your consideration.
As far as histories go, you can’t get one more remarkable than the discovery of tanzanite. It was discovered in 1967 by Masai tribesmen in Merelani in Northern Tanzania following a brush fire caused by a lightning strike. The heat of the fire turned these previously ignored brown rocks into a blue-violet crystal. The tribesmen told their story to Manuel d’Souza who immediately registered mining claims on the blue tanzanite deposits, thinking he was mining sapphire. Instead he’d actually discovered a brand new gemstone. It was Tiffany & Co that gave it the name tanzanite, after the country where it was discovered, and the jeweller became the first luxury name to use the stone.
Tanzanite is a mercurial stone, one that changes colour depending on the light. In sunlight it shows blue but as the light shifts during the day it can look purple, yellowish or even red. Our fabulous three-stone ring allows the tanzanite to be the star of the show, with a little help from two brilliant-cut diamonds.
View this Berry’s Platinum Oval Tanzanite & Diamond Three Stone Ring here.
Emeralds are old stones. Records show that they were traded in markets in Babylon as early as 4000BC. The Incas worshipped them, Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle wrote about their believed properties, discussing how wearing the stone bestowed importance upon its wearer, which is why it should be worn during speech. He also thought it would help gain victory in trials, assist in settling litigation and soothe tired eyes.
Nowadays, Emerald is acknowledged to be a beautiful stone that looks incredible when given a touch of vintage styling, such as with this ring here. A halo of eight brilliants and two baguette diamonds adds an Art Deco extravagance to this mesmerising stone. Jealousy is guaranteed.
View this Berry’s Platinum Cushion Cut Emerald & Diamond Set Surround Ring here.
In the Orient it was described as “a drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”, the Indians called it “ratnanayaka” or the lord of the gemstones, while in China, a mandarin’s rank was instantly known by the colour of his stone. Given its dark decadence, it’s not hard to see why the ruby has evoked this level of hyperbole and reverence. Its colour ranges from delicate blush to wine-dark, as with this exquisite pear-shaped stone here. The drama of the ruby is enhanced by the surrounding diamonds creating a design that is timeless.
It takes a certain type of woman to wear ruby; unlike diamonds or sapphires, it isn’t for everyone. However, if your bride-to-be has the personality to complement a ring like this then you know she will definitely say ‘Yes!’.
View this Berry’s Platinum Pear Shaped Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring here.
While white diamonds get all the attention, it is worth remembering that there is a wonderful world of coloured options out there. While blue might get mistaken for a sapphire and pink can be a bit too girly for some tastes, yellow is a lovely way to do diamonds differently. Like all naturally coloured stones, yellow diamonds are quite rare and are often found with high clarity grading.
The great thing about going yellow is you can play with metals a bit more. White gold or platinum is the obvious choice for white stones but if, like the Duchess of Sussex, your intended prefers yellow gold then, as this ring proves, this stone is the ideal match. And, if you’re at all concerned about trends, then yellow is having a total fashion moment right now so this is the perfect choice for a style conscious bride-to-be.
View this Berry’s 18ct Yellow Gold & Platinum Yellow Diamond Three Stone Ring here.
Gemstone engagement rings usually have the coloured stone front and centre with white diamonds roped in as a support act. Our stunning design turns that notion on its head. Your eye is first drawn to the rich blue of the ring of square-cut sapphires cleverly set so that no metal is seen between the stones. This gives an almost liquid quality to the stones. Inside that is another halo of round brilliant-cut stones and only then do you notice the substantial white diamond at the ring’s centre. This dizzying arrangement of stones is given a vintage feel thanks to the use of grain setting.
It is a showstopper of a ring that Elizabeth Taylor would be proud to put on her finger. Are you Burton enough to buy it, is the only question?
View this Berry’s Platinum Double Halo Diamond & Sapphires Ring here.