I love a sparkly diamond as much as the next gal, but I just hate that so many couples feel that engagement ring isn’t an engagement ring unless it’s got a diamond as its centrepiece.
Choosing an alternative gemstone not only adds personality, colour and uniqueness to your ring, but in my mind it can make it even more special too. Stones like sapphires, emeralds and rubies are just as hardy as diamonds, so will indeed last you a lifetime, while stones like tourmaline, garnets and morganite have become increasingly popular in recent years, for stylish, modern engagement rings.
Still think you’re not ready to ditch the idea of a diamond? I’ve rounded up ten gorgeous non-diamond engagement rings to show you just how special a coloured stone can be – and why they’re worthy of a coveted spot on your ring finger!