Diamond remains to be the most popular of all best engagement rings but let’s face it, not everyone has the money for it and even if you do, it still seems wiser to just use it on more essential stuff like a house or a car. However, there are some lesser known stones that look impressive but less expensive. Check out some of the stones listed below.
Tourmaline is not one of the most popular engagement rings but it should be. It has one of the most complex compositions of mineral but it is the same complexity that gives it the beauty that you will not find it in any other crystal. The different minerals mix and meld and overlap with each other. One stone can have ten colours crossing each other’s paths that are because even a small change its composition can drastically change its colours. That is what makes it one of the best engagement rings.
Place of Origin: Otjua Mine, Karibib, Namibia
It is blue wrapped by a small hint of purple. This is one of the best engagement rings for the rock and roll couple. The dark colour is just enough to make it pop out but not too dark to look goth. It was discovered in 1967 and was quickly called the ‘gemstone of the 20th century’. It is now one of the most in-demand stones by the rich and famous.
Place of Origin: East African state of Tanzania
Zultanite should be one of the best engagement rings in the market. The Gemological Institute of America of GIA said that it Zutanite is now very rare which increased its market value. It is now one of the most expensive gemstones around. It is also one of the very few gemstones that can change its colour depending on the temperature.
Place of Origin: Russia’s Ural Mountains
This stone has become one of the most popular engagement rings because it changes colours which fascinate many jewellers and jewellery lovers. In daylight, it is green but it also reflects the pale blue color when it is dark it turns to red that is slightly muted. It is borders purple and achieves a “lighted” effect. Think of a white glass that is lighted by a bright red light.
What makes it even more coveted is the fact that it is not very common. That is why it is one of the most popular engagement rings. There are very few suppliers and many jewellers just grab as much as they can when they find someone that sells it raw. Alexandrite is made of a unique mineral called the chrysoberyl. A chrysoberyl has no natural color. In other words, it is transparent. However, sedimentation may occur that could give it a yellow shade. It has iron, titanium, and chromium. Chromium is what is causing its eye changing characteristic.
Place of Origin: Tokovaya River in the Urals
Agate is an affordable stone but it should still be one of the most popular engagement rings because of its unusual banded or scenic markings. Recently, more and more jewellers are welcoming agate. Here’s a tip. If you want one, ask for the Plum agate because that’s rarer.
Place of Origin: Asia and North America