Did you know that emerald, sapphire and ruby are the most popular gemstones for engagement rings if you prefer not to go with diamonds? The stones are durable enough for for everyday wear and typically look great in vintage and antiques jewelry settings. Before I started making my own jewelry, I was passionate about antique jewelry (over 100 years old) and vintage style jewelry (under 100 years old with an old world charm!). Guess I still am.
An interesting fact- most colored stones have inclusions and blemishes- so cut and color, not clarity, are the most important considerations when purchasing them.
Colored stones are a great option because they can be less costly than a good quality diamond and can be more distinctive. Put one in an antique setting and and you have a stylish one of a kind ring with a great up to date look! You can comb antique shops, flea markets and jewelry stores for the setting you love and than have a good jeweler set it with stone of your choosing.