Alternative Center Stone Engagement Ring Options

If you are searching for an alternative engagement ring that is as unique as your bride-to-be, a diamond is not always the popular choice. There is a world of exotic stones available to you that you may not even consider an option. While you are busy planning your unique proposal, the experts at Bulow Jewelers in Denver has compiled a list popular classy alternative options to trendy diamond engagement rings.

Classic Sapphire 

A classic sapphire stone is a deep velvety royal blue. Many of you may recognize this stone as the centerpiece of “The World’s Most Famous Engagement Ring” belonging to the late Princess Diana and now, Kate Middleton.

Sapphires come from the corundum mineral family and are the third hardest mineral found. Trace elements such as iron and titanium yield the traditional blue sapphire.


The vibrant colors found in a ruby from the trace element, chromium. Most have an orange-red to purplish red appearance and it’s a practical choice to wear daily.

The ruby is also a member of the Corundum family, and the most precious rubies are found in marble deposits in Myanmar, the Himalayas, and northern Vietnam. Stones found in this area have a lower iron content making their colors more intense.

Laboratory Grown Sapphires 

Believe it or not, technology has given us the capability to manufacture sapphires since the late 1800s! Because these stones are “made to order,” they are less rare than natural gems of equal size, clarity, and color saturation but remain beautiful nonetheless.

Strict guidelines are set how synthetic stones are sold and marketed, and this information must be disclosed to the consumer. While lab grown sapphires have the same properties as natural sapphire, the only difference is their point of origin- a laboratory. Because the stones is man made, it makes them an environmentally responsible and ethical ring to choose.

Montana Sapphires 

Hailing from Montana, Montana Sapphires are also an ethical option when considering traditional diamond engagement ring alternatives.

While blue is frequently associated with a sapphire, they naturally occur in an array of colors such as different shades of green, white, pink, peach, and even yellow. The most common color range, however, is steely-blue to blue-green.

Color Changing Sapphires 

Typical sapphires change color between purple and violet, but there are a few rare and exceptional sapphires that dramatically change colors- grayish or greyish blue in daylight or fluorescent lighting to a brownish red in incandescent light. This change occurs with the interaction of the sapphire,

which absorbs specific wavelengths of light from its light source where spectral output varies. The culprit is transition-metal impurities in the sapphire that are responsible for the color change.

A color changing sapphire without inclusions is a rare stone making it an exceptional choice for your future spouse. Most come from Thailand, Tanzania, and Madagascar and are found in minimal quantities.


Moissanite occurs naturally in a small variety of places such as upper mantle rock to meteorites as presolar grains. The stones available for jewelry applications, however, are lab created. This stone is hard, and its refractive index actually exceeds that of an actual diamond. If your special lady loves sparkle, a moissanite stone will give her just that! They are also about a ⅛ of the price of a diamond!

Moissanite can be strongly birefringent meaning it will split a light beam into two creating brilliance that is sometimes too intense for some. These stones can appear a slightly greenish yellow fluorescent color and the larger the stone, the more noticeable the shade can be.

Whatever stone you decide on, the educated staff at Bulow Jewelers is here to help guide you through the entire engagement ring process.

Give us a call to schedule a time to sit down for a one on one consultation with one of our experts today. But hurry on down, that lucky lady won’t wait forever!

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