23 best colored engagement rings of 2022
Classic diamond rings are a timeless choice for your proposal, but coloured engagement rings are a beautiful alternative for those after something more unique. "More and more people are approaching this special moment in life in a more conscious way," explains Luca Caracciolo from My Golden Age jewellers in Genoa. "Many people prefer to choose engagement tings according to their taste and respecting their history and values, rather than automatically following traditions that might not feel right to them." Interested in a colored gemstone ring? Let's find out more, alongside a collection of our favourite alternative engagement rings to inspire you.
Colored engagement rings - an alternative choice
While we've been lead to believe that a diamond engagement ring is the ultimate choice (thanks the De Bere's 'Diamonds are forever' ad campaign in 1947), different gemstones have been used to propose throughout history so it's not a recent trend to choose a colored stone. However, the gems we choose do change over time, explains Luca: "In recent years, the most requested stones are those with the colors of nature, from forest green through to the teals and blues of sparkling lakes and rivers."
Sapphire, emerald, aquamarine and tourmaline
The blue-green color palette is a popular choice because there's a wide range of stunning shades, all of which are super wearable. We all know the distinctive blue sapphire, emerald and aquamarine, but there's many more beautiful choices for every style and taste. "Among the rings that I create, the most loved are made with teal sapphires, blue-green tourmalines (indicoliths), brilliant emeralds and semi-precious stones in pastel colors (prasiolite, for example). Often surrounded by bright diamonds, all strictly conflict free," explains Luca of My Golden Age.
Care for colored engagement rings
Diamond is the hardest substance on earth so you can clean it without much concern, however colored gemstones can be a different story, explains luxury fine jeweller, Susie Saltzman. "For the most part, precious gemstones are relatively hard on the Mohs Scale and can be cleaned safely the same way you would a diamond (a quick soak in warm water and gentle brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush). However, there are some gemstones that are porous, such as coral, turquoise and pearls. Take extra care with them and avoid an ultrasonic cleaner. You may want to avoid submerging them in water altogether and just stick to a polishing cloth.
"Each gemstone has somewhat different care instructions. The key takeaway is that it's important to educate yourself on the hardness of your specific gemstone, and also, it's crucially important to know if yours is a treated gemstone (fracture filled or heat-treated, for example). This will empower you to clean your ring safely, without worry, and ensure it is treasured now and always."