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What makes a ring an engagement ring?

When it comes to selecting an engagement ring options are endless. From the classic solitaire design, to vintage interpretations, there are an array of choices. That being said, many wonder whether any ring or gemstone can be an engagement ring?

Diamonds are traditionally popular for engagement rings, following their inception into European aristocracy and nobility in the late 15th century. It was the durability of a diamond that conveyed the meaning that marriage is forever. However, over the years, many have looked for alternative gemstones for proposals.


Emeralds are considered one of the four world’s most precious stones, alongside sapphires, diamonds and rubies. They are a softer gem than the other three, and more prone to chips and damage.  They must be worn with extreme care if selected to be an engagement ring. As an engagement ring, popularity soared following the Kennedy’s proposal. Jackie Kennedy received a breathtaking 2.88ct Diamond and 2.84 Emerald Ring from her husband John F. Kennedy. The ring, crafted by Paris-based jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels, the ring was beautifully accented by white glistening diamonds.

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Aura Emerald and Diamond Ring


A Sapphire’s value is primarily based on its colour, with the most desirable colour a rich cornflower blue that is neither too dark nor too inky. Following Princess Diana’s proposal to Prince Charles and the gifting of the Garrard & Co 18ct Ceylon Sapphire and diamond ring, coloured gemstone engagement rings became a popular choice. Today, the Duchess of Cambridge wears the family heirloom, with the sapphire engagement ring continuing to be a top pick for bride’s around the world.


Classic Sapphire Ring


The deep red of a Ruby has long made it a popular choice for engagement rings. Although natural rubies have imperfections, if the stone is cut correctly, the inclusions can increase the rarity and value of the stone. As an engagement ring, the adornment of diamonds alongside the ruby further enhances the magical colour that radiates from the gemstone. Jessica Simpson received a breathtaking 4ct ruby ring from her partner, Eric Johnson. A ruby engagement ring is a popular option for women born in July and has long been a popular choice.


Aura Ruby Ring

What should you consider when looking for an engagement ring?

Whether you’re looking for a unique engagement ring, or a more classic design, a coloured gemstone provides a point of difference for your fiance. When selecting the perfect gemstone for an engagement ring consider the following:

  • Your partner’s expectations

  • Your financial expectations

  • Something your partner will love to look at that for the rest of their life

If you would like to know more about what to consider when buying an engagement ring you can download the ebook here.

What to Consider When Buying an Engagement Ring

Gerard McCabe Jewellers are the specialists in diamond engagement rings and wedding rings in Adelaide.

We create beautiful ladies wedding rings, men’s wedding rings, classic engagement rings and dress ring designs.

We can create bespoke tailored rings to fit your specifications. So pop into one of our jewellery stores in Adelaide for your dream ring consultation.