While diamonds will always be the traditional stone of the engagement ring, they're not the only ones. Choosing a different gem as the focal point of your ring is a great way to add character and class to it. Some couples may opt to forgo diamonds entirely!
If you're considering a stone with a bit more color and just as much beauty, consult this list of three options you might not otherwise have considered.
1. The sapphire. A sapphire engagement ring is a good medium between the ubiquity of diamonds and the striking color of other stones. These have grown in popularity both in America and England since Prince William presented the diamond-circled sapphire family ring to Kate Middleton.
2. The emerald. The perfect stone for a summer engagement, emeralds have a verdant liveliness that offset diamonds beautifully but also stand well on their own. This stone is symbolic of both youth and devotion.
3. The ruby. As classic as the sapphire, the shades of a ruby can range from striking red to soft purple. Set in the right metal, it's a versatile stone ideal for a variety of ring fingers.