No Diamonds? No Problem: 15 Non-Diamond Engagement Rings For a Colorful Ever After
Take one look at a bouquet and you’ll know that color not only makes our world interesting, but also enjoyable—this is particularly true in the case of platinum jewelry! Because platinum remains bright white from nugget to engagement ring (and securely holds even the largest of gems with the least amount of metal), it is the perfect canvas to display non-diamond stones so that they glitter and gleam with the purest color payoff. If you gravitate towards a certain hue or the symbolism of your birthstone pulls at the heartstrings, read on to view 15 stunning non-diamond engagement rings ready to inspire you to live and love a vibrant forever!
The Lineage Ring by Jill Maurer is absolutely remarkable on three fronts: 1) you’ll never see another one like it, 2) the focal 6.72-carat aquamarine is such a dreamy, rare shade of steel blue, and 3) the shape guarantees unsurpassed platinum presence on the finger… with compliments galore!
Cathy Waterman celebrates the regal emerald by designing a magnificent platinum setting that draws the eye to its lush center, while simultaneously protecting the stone and raising it slightly off the finger for a visual delight from all angles.
Baguette-cut diamonds are often used as accent stones in platinum engagement rings, but the triplets shown here bookending the juicy Stonewood ring offered by Trumpet & Horn takes the deep pink sapphire focal to a whole other level. Pure platinum makes for a fitting frame as the sapphire is without treatment (meaning that besides faceting, it’s an all-original gift from Mother Nature) and hails from the Burma, where the world’s best corundum is found.
Also from Trumpet & Horn is the Nightingale Purple Sapphire, part of the in-house Claire Pettibone Couture Collection. The name guarantees a gem of incredible color, but I want to bring your attention to its thoroughly fabulous platinum setting—the “buttercup” has a distinctly recognizable silhouette, rather similar to a pie crust! Though this one is slightly modified, the inspiration originates from a setting style that was immensely popular in the Victorian era (1837-1901). Talk about past meeting present, and bringing along with it oodles of charm!
This one is for the fans of new beginnings, flowers, and pastel shades. Only platinum can hold each of the fancy step-cut aquamarines in such a way that they appear as a continuous piece! Visit Jewelry Finds to gift your darling with the sweetest of statements.
Lang Antiques has cleverly taken cues from the Deco era by creating an opulent platinum setting (with amphora-motif shoulders, alluding to infinite bountifulness) for a dazzling 12.03-carat natural yellow sapphire so you can enjoy “eternal sunshine on your finger!” I think the contrast between the lemony sparkler and just a dash of blue is simply divine.
Straightforward and sensational is this Kentshire jadeite platinum ring. The color is so arresting that not much else is needed other than a handful of diamonds and fine hand-engraving to make this 1920s ring a serious contender for wedded bliss.
Now you’ll have to be a little more careful with this Butter Lane Antiques ring since turquoise is a softer gemstone, but I’m all for wearing what you love especially if it’s to commemorate your happily-ever-after! Platinum (and diamonds) does lend quite a bit of timeless durability, and did I mention how cool it is that the engraving on the band looks mermaid-esque?
Jewelry Finds strikes again with a glorious emerald-cut sapphire that seems to balance color and clarity. This is a platinum engagement ring that has it all: charisma, size, color, hardness, sparkle, and the prestige of everlasting platinum.
Because of its cabochon cut and the specific layout of rutile inclusions within, this ruby has a distinct advantage among others of its kind—while underneath a light source, a six-rayed star floats serenely across its surface! Rubies of fine quality are scarcest of all and natural star rubies make up a small fraction of those gems chosen for jewelry… in other words, this Beladora beauty is a platinum engagement ring fit for a queen!
The classic sapphire and platinum engagement ring, with a twist! Instead of baguette-cut diamonds each on opposite ends of the 9.11-carat center stone, this ring via Fourtané employs a handful of them to create a very crisp, and very handsome, halo.
Check out the intricate platinum filigree work in the ‘Charlotte’ ring by Single Stone! The leaf motif along the north-south orientation of the gallery is the perfect partner to the 3.77-carat evergreen tourmaline. Needless to say, this would be a fantastic engagement ring choice for a couple that relishes the great outdoors. Go the whole nine with an enchanting forest backdrop when you pop the question!
Pearls are trending BIG this season, but this circa-1970s ring from The Jewellery Trading Company proves that what’s set in platinum will stand the test of time (and capricious taste of innovators)! You’ll want to treat this engagement ring gently since pearls are born out of organic material, but super tough rubies set along the platinum band ensure that daily wear-and-tear is of practically no consequence. Go on, admire that alluringly lustrous sheen for a lifetime.
Luxury Bazaar delivers with a punch of purple courtesy of the most extraordinary amethyst—seemingly cut as a sugarloaf with a much lower, more wearer-friendly, profile. Pairs of emerald-cut brilliants hug each side of the gem, with platinum providing protection and cool-toned glamour.
Part of her Disorient collection, Amy Burton wows with gravity-defying platinum! But she doesn’t stop at handcrafted engineering: a glacial 7.04-carat cushion-cut aquamarine radiantly crowns the apex of the asymmetric architectural design, “[giving] the piece a bold, dynamic feel [by] creating volume without weight.” This platinum marvel would make the most striking declaration of love that is full of courage, refinement, and wonder.