As far as engagement rings go, there is quite possibly nothing more feminine than pink engagement rings. Pink engagement rings are rising in both popularity and recognition, as they are known for adding a fun, new twist to the regular diamond engagement ring. The color pink, after all, has long been associated with femininity— this goes back to the mid-to-late 1800s. However, many women like to have pink engagement rings not because of their gender but because of pink’s symbolization of a person’s (or rather, a couple’s) romantic nature as well as love in general. So really, what better color can there possibly be for an engagement ring?

2.00 CT Pink Diamond Engagement RingIf you are interested in pink engagement rings, you should be happy to know that there are a variety of options from which to choose from. Pay attention now, because it helps to know these things before you embark on a ring-shopping trip to the nearest Kay Jewelers. There are actually two ways of achieving a pink ring— you can either use a pink gem as the ring’s central stone (or stones) or you can stick with more a more traditional colored stone while having it mounted on a gorgeous pink metal band (this will be explained).

If you decide that you would like a pink stone (a gem), you have a couple more options within this choice. If money is magically no option (which you may falsely believe, especially if you are only at the beginning of your engagement ring search), then you can seek out a natural pink diamond. Pink diamond engagement rings are a beautiful twist on a tried and true classic without being too outlandish or worse, gaudy. Now, many people believe that pink diamonds do not occur in nature and that a jeweler from even well-known stores like Zales, Jared or even Tiffany and Co. must be lying if they pull out a “natural pink diamond engagement ring” from a display case. However, the truth is that these pink diamonds are in fact out there in nature.

1.65 Pink Diamond Engagement RingPink diamonds are “Type II diamonds”, which essentially means that they have no measurable level of nitrogen impurities (unlike yellow or brown diamonds, which are considered “Type I diamonds”). Type II diamonds absorb and transmit light differently from Type I diamonds. They also have differing fluorescence characteristics, but no discernible visible absorption spectrum. What does this mean in plain English? Basically that Type II diamonds come in a wider variety of colors and that their brilliance may appear somewhat different— but not too different— from their Type I counterparts.

1.50 Ct Intense Pink Diamond Engagement RingThe reason some people believe pink diamonds to be impossible in nature is because they are incredibly rare. The pink color is a result of rare structural anomalies that arise through naturally occurring plastic deformation in the earth that happens while the crystals are growing. This is different from Type I diamonds, which get their color not necessarily through their structure but through various substances that are deposited in the crystal.

But enough about the science behind them, pink diamonds have proven to be an amazing option to bring a special taste to a diamond ring that cannot be equated by the classic jewels. However, the fact remains that natural ones are very rare (even rarer than white diamonds), and when they are found they are usually priced incredibly high. If you really want a pink stone, the other option is to get a man-made diamond for a pink engagement ring. Man-made pink diamonds are made in laboratories using the exact same components as natural pink diamonds. If there is any noticeable difference between them and the natural gems, it is that they are more perfect looking. Natural diamonds are cherished in part by their subtle impurities and unique structures, but those produced in labs are not as exceptional. Nevertheless, they are a practical option for those who cannot afford natural ones.

0.67cttw Pink Tourmaline Diamond Engagement Ring 14K White GoldA third option for pink engagement rings with pink stones is to not use diamonds at all. Pink sapphires have become increasingly popular among those who originally sought to get pink diamonds, and they are a stunning, yet much more affordable alternative. However, by now you’re probably wondering what the difference is in appearance, and the answer lies primarily in the color. Pink engagement rings with sapphires can be deeper in color than those with pink diamonds, although many people actually find this more appealing. Ring designers like Blue Nile are actually coming out with more pink sapphire options because of their growing recognition.

As mentioned earlier, you do have another option when it comes to pink engagement rings. If you desire a pink engagement ring and want something truly unique, a pink band can be a great choice. The band will in all likelihood be made out of pink gold, which is also referred to as “rose gold” in professional circles. This type of metal gives off a warm, rosy glow, and this adds an additional allure to the diamonds set in the band (traditional white or clear diamonds go wonderfully with pink engagement ring bands).

Not sure whether you want the color to be in the stone or the band of a pink engagement ring,? You can always ask jewelers to see your options. Nevertheless, jewelers may not have a wide variety of options on hand because pink engagement rings are not very common. Going online for your ring, although not always the best option, may in fact be where you will find the right pink engagement ring (or at the very least the widest selection). For instance, some pink engagement rings from Zales are actually “online only”, meaning they are not found in stores and therefore have to be specially ordered. If you are looking for something handcrafted and original, craft websites like Etsy also have pink engagement rings. For safety purposes though, only order from respected vendors. If you don’t know where to begin, ask full bridal stores like David’s Bridal for recommendations.