Maybe it’s because summer is wedding season, or maybe it is because people keep asking me about what type of ring they should buy.  I honestly think it just that I love what I do and love sparkly things like colored stones, but I am all for purchasing a non-traditional engagement ring with an alternative to a diamond.  Many celebrities and royalty have chosen colored stones for their engagement rings.  Depending on the quality and rarity, these stones can cost the equivalent or more than a traditional diamond.  Tanzanite, being a very rare stone that has a finite quantity left to be mined in the next several years, also makes for a wonderful one of a kind engagement ring.  Check out several below:

Sapphire Engagement ring

Princess Diana's Engagement ring

Penelope Cruz Engagement ring

Penelope Cruz Engagement ring

Jackie Kennedy Engagement ring

Jackie Kennedy Engagement ring

Tanzanite Engagement Ring by H.A.R. Jewelry

In addition to those, I love the look of a colored diamond as well.  Check out these below:

In living color - Colored Diamonds that is

Which ever stones you choose (cough, yellow sapphire, cough!), the most important thing that the ring should have is a symbolic meaning to you and your loved one.  Maybe it is in the details of the metal work, or that you incorporate each of your birthstones, make the purchase one that speaks to the two of you as a couple.  Remember, this is just the beginning of a beautiful lifetime together.

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