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Birthstone Engagement Ring Ideas For Each Month

Does your significant other love their birthday as much as their wedding day? Is their Zodiac sign a part of who they are? Or are you simply looking for a colorful twist to your engagement ring?

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Then consider birthstone engagement rings! The perfect way to add a personal touch, unique meaning, and a pop of color. Love the red of January’s garnet but were born in March? Go for it! We won’t tell!

What Is a Birthstone?

First of all, what IS a birthstone? We’ll explain. A birthstone is a gemstone that represents the month a person was born. Each month has its own unique gemstone. From religious foundations in the Book of Exodus, to celestial forces, astrology, and beyond, different cultures associate different meanings to the various birthstones including good luck and good health. 

Why Choose A Birthstone Engagement Ring?

Technically, everyone who wears a diamond engagement ring is wearing a birthstone engagement ring as diamonds are the birthstone for April. While choosing the birthstone of your partner is a great way to add personalization to the engagement ring, you can also choose a birthstone based on its meaning.

You can even choose a birthstone based on its color! Whatever your reason, choosing a birthstone engagement ring is a wonderful way to start forever with a pop of color.

Birthstone Engagement Rings: Month to Month

Birthstone engagement rings offer incredible variety! From the reds and purples of January’s garnet, February’s amethyst, July’s ruby, to the blues of September’s sapphire, December’s topaz, and March’s aquamarine, birthstone engagement rings allow your partner to express their personal style.

Channel that lucky feeling in the greens of May’s emerald and August’s peridot, or feel the warmth of fall every day with November’s citrine. Prefer a classic? Can’t go wrong with April’s diamond, June’s pearl, or October’s opal. 

Wherever your partner was born, whichever symbolism fits them best, James Allen has the right gemstone engagement ring to get that yes.

January Birthstone: Garnet

Symbolizing love and passion, January’s birthstone garnet is a great choice for a birthstone engagement ring. Popularly known for their fiery red color, garnets in fact come in multiple colors. Make garnet shine by setting it in white gold or platinum, or go for a regal look by setting your gemstone in yellow gold

Go for side stones or a pavé style for some diamond decoration and get a perfect glamorous look.

garnet engagement rings

February Birthstone: Amethyst

February’s birthstone, the amethyst, is found in the month of love, where we find Valentine’s Day. This violet quartz is fabulous for a number of reasons. Rating 7 on the Moh hardness scale, it is pretty resistant to scratches and perfect for the love with an active lifestyle.

Ancient Greeks believed this amazing gemstone could protect you from drunkenness, in which case, bring on the champagne! No matter how many cocktails you indulge in, amethyst’s purple looks stunning in white gold but positively reigns when set in yellow or rose gold.

This affordable option will make any bride-to-be happy no matter when they were born!

 Amethyst engagement rings

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Literally meaning “water of the sea,” March’s birthstone gives you that peaceful feeling you get every time you look at a clear blue ocean. It is fitting that this stone which symbolizes serenity is the birthstone for the first month of spring. 

While it symbolizes tranquility, aquamarine exudes strength, ranking a 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, making it a perfect choice for a ring that is worn every day. Bring out its icy shine in white gold or platinum or go for a bold, colorful look and set your stone in yellow or rose gold.

No matter if your betrothed-to-be was born in March or not, they are sure to love this peaceful piece of perfection.

Aquamarine engagement rings

April Birthstone: Diamond

Diamonds are everyone’s best friend, but if you were born in April, they are also your birthstone. This traditional engagement ring is fabulous for many reasons: looks good in every metal, is fabulous alone or with side stones, and of course, is a beloved classic.

Whether you prefer a modern tension set or find yourself wanting a classic solitaire engagement ring, diamonds give an endless, timeless dazzle. Want an engagement ring that will leave them shook? Check out this Halo pavé combo:

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May Birthstone: Emerald

Feel like you’re in Emerald City whenever you rock a gorgeous emerald engagement ring. Symbolizing romance and rebirth and giving the feeling that spring has sprung, this gemstone has long been the favorite of royalty.

Looking fabulous in both yellow and white gold, as well as platinum, this rare gemstone is a good choice for those interested in a large size. Emeralds have a less dense composition than their traditional diamond counterpart, making them larger in size.

With another bit of luck, imperfections can actually improve the value of an emerald! It is no wonder May’s birthstone has everyone feeling green.

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June Birthstone: Pearl

The world’s oldest gem is also one of the most beautiful. This classic gemstone, yes the pearl is a gemstone, is incredibly versatile! From the classic pearl necklace to a gorgeous pair of earrings, the pearl seamlessly fits into classic and modern styles.

Wearing pearls on your wedding day is rumored to bring good luck for your upcoming marriage, making June’s birthstone a perfect choice for a unique engagement ring. After all, why not get that good marriage mojo from the moment you say Yes!

pearl engagement rings

July Birthstone: Ruby

There’s a reason Dorothy rocked this gemstone on her infamous shoes. Symbolizing passion, wisdom, and power, this ravishing red gemstone comes in varying shades of darkness, but whatever its shade, it looks stunning in both yellow and white gold settings.

Whether or not your love was born in July, they are sure to love an engagement ring featuring July’s birthstone, the ruby, that leaves them feeling like royalty.

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August Birthstone: Peridot

The saying “it ain’t easy being green” sure doesn’t apply to August’s birthstone! Featuring a more yellowish tint compared to its emerald counterpart, peridot shines as bright as a summer day. 

Peridot is a particularly perfect choice for those who prefer a vintage vibe. Pair it with yellow or white gold and add some extra diamonds for the ultimate dazzle. Symbolizing strength, what better symbol to use when choosing the ring that will change your life? 

peridot engagement rings

September Birthstone: Sapphire

From royalty like Princess Diana to the Titanic’s Heart of the Ocean, sapphires are a long beloved gemstone. Their deep blue hues are highlighted best in white gold and platinum, surround your sapphire with diamonds for that extra dazzle.

Symbolizing wisdom and faithfulness, September’s birthstone is also renowned for its durability. Love the gemstone but wish it came in another color? Wish no more! Sapphires come in pink and yellow as well!

Need another reason? This regal, elegant gemstone will have your beloved feeling like royalty every day.

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October Birthstone: Opal

Opal, also sometimes known as the stone of clarity, is beloved for many reasons. Thought to symbolize truth, this gemstone offers a kaleidoscope of colors as seen in the different splashes of this milky-looking masterpiece.

When wearing October’s birthstone, take special care. Opals contain more water than other gemstones, making them more sensitive and thus, prone to damage. Wear your opal engagement ring with pride, but also with care.

November Birthstone: Citrine

Citrine, which gets its name from the French word for lemon, is a beautiful yellow-toned gemstone. While yellow gold best highlights the similar hues of this gemstone, citrine also looks breathtakingly beautiful when set in rose gold, white gold, or platinum.

Symbolizing success, November’s birthstone is as trendy as it is affordable. Choose your colorful citrine engagement ring and shine bright like the sun even on the coolest fall day.

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December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

December’s birthstone is said to increase the strength and intellect of anyone who wears it, making this gemstone an ideal choice for an engagement ring. This exquisite stone embodies the iciness of the season while somehow still reminding you of a blue ocean on a clear summer’s day.

Pair your blue topaz with a white gold or platinum setting, to enhance the gemstone’s cool tones, or pair your gemstone with yellow gold to enhance its bold color.

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FAQs

Can a birthstone be an engagement ring?

Of course! An engagement ring can be anything you want it to be and a birthstone engagement ring is a wonderful way to add color, a personal touch, and fashionable flair to one of your most important pieces of jewelry.

Can I wear my birthstone everyday?

Yes, and yes! Engagement rings, including birthstone engagement rings, are meant to be worn every day. So go for that glitz daily, and feel free to rock that matching birthstone jewelry every day to have a seamless, colorful look!

What is a good gemstone for an engagement ring?

Any gemstone you want! Whether you prefer your birthstone, the birthstone of your love, or a birthstone from an unaffiliated month simply because you love the color, the best gemstone is the one you love.

How much should a birthstone engagement ring cost?

There is no one rule for how much any engagement ring should cost, let alone a birthstone engagement ring. Gemstones do generally cost less than traditional colorless diamonds, making them a wallet-friendly way to go. So how much you should spend depends on your income, budget, and preferences.

What month is best to buy an engagement ring?

The best time to shop for an engagement ring is about three months before you plan on popping the question.

September and October are considered the best months to buy an engagement ring as the jewelry industry experiences a period of quiet, and many vendors offer sales to encourage shopping before the holiday season starts.

However, at James Allen, we offer competitive sales and prices all year round, making the best time to buy an engagement ring whenever you are ready!

What is the most common engagement ring stone?

Diamonds, April’s birthstone, is the classic and most common engagement ring stone, specifically white, colorless diamonds. Sapphire, topaz, and emerald closely follow in popularity.

Why are birthstone engagement rings popular?

Birthstone engagement rings are popular because they add a personal touch and a pop of color and allow the wearer to express personal style. They can also be paired with diamonds to combine uniquely with the traditional.

Final Thoughts

Your perfect person deserves the perfect ring. Birthstone engagement rings are great alternatives to traditional diamond engagement rings. They add color, symbolism, and personalization in a unique, modern way.

If your significant other was born in April and their birthstone is a diamond, you can choose another month whose birthstone meaning best fits and accentuate it with diamonds. Birthstone engagement rings have endless possibilities, combinations, and customizations. Head to JamesAllen.com and get started!

Sarah Axelrad

Sarah is a stickler for grammar and prefers to use the Oxford comma. She enjoys her career as a writer since being a professional snowboarder/powerlifter/pastry chef didn’t pan out.

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Gemstone Engagement Rings: Things You Need to Know

Torn between diamond vs gemstone engagement rings? We’re breaking down our favorite reasons to take the plunge and invest in a colorful precious gemstone ring for your bride or groom-to-be. 

Gemstone engagement rings

Picking an engagement ring is not a task done lightly. We understand the time and effort that goes into choosing and even creating the perfect ring for your partner. As far as engagement rings go, diamonds are usually the first choice given their sparkle, durability, and brilliance.

On the other hand, Gemstones make for equally stunning center stones on engagement rings of all styles and settings. 

Gemstone engagement rings aren’t a new trend. We’ve seen for centuries the most glamorous royals and celebrities styled in gemstone jewelry. Unlike diamonds, unique gemstone rings come in any color across the spectrum and add something special to the ring.

Gemstone engagement rings can add sentimental value to the ring and also allow you to show your partner how well you know them. Whether it’s gifting them with a center stone gem that is their favorite color or one that holds a certain meaning to them. And trust us, gemstones of all kinds are filled with beautiful symbolism and unique characteristics, just like your future fiancé. 

Take a walk with us as we explore the endless pros of getting a gemstone engagement ring.  

Popular Gemstone Engagement Ring Types 

The four most sought-after precious gemstones are diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. We’ll be taking a deep dive into the last three and explain why each of them have unique and worthwhile features that match the value of a diamond centerpiece. 

Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings

Not sure if you’re into sapphires yet? Let’s count the many ways these precious gemstones will take your engagement ring to the next level.

Sapphires don’t just come in popular blue tones but can occur in nature from pink to violet. In fact, you can find any fancy sapphire and pick your favorite color from the rainbow. Like fancy-shaped diamonds, you’ll also find that your gemstone center stone can be cut to your desired shape. 

These gems are also incredibly tough and durable. On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, sapphires score a 9 out of 10. That means that the only material strong enough to scratch them is a diamond. When you aren’t considering how stunning they are, it’s good to know that your gemstone engagement ring also has endless durability.

Yellow Sapphire Engagement Rings

Replacing a diamond center stone for a sapphire could increase the sentimental value of the engagement ring for you and your partner. 

For example, we mentioned gemstone symbolism before, and it so happens that sapphires hold the perfect meaning for the start of a lifelong promise. Truth, peace, prosperity, and faithfulness are just some of the many special feelings this gemstone represents, making it quite fitting as an engagement ring choice. 

Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings

Let’s put a spotlight on one of our favorite romantic gemstones. Sapphires are rare but the rarest of all are pink sapphires, commonly found in Sri Lanka. These gemstones range from a pinkish-orange color to bright pink and can add the perfect touch to your engagement ring.  

Finally, if all the other impressive facts haven’t convinced you, we’ll play our final card. Did you know that sapphires are mystical gemstones that have the ability to change color throughout the day? 

Yes, you heard right. Blue sapphires can take on a more purplish hue under incandescent light at night time, making them all the more alluring and unique, like your love. 

Emerald Engagement Rings

When we think of emerald engagement rings, several A-list celebrities come to mind, from Jackie Kennedy to Halle Berry and the style icon that is Victoria Beckham. 

Their rings are among the most famous gemstone engagement rings and there are plenty of reasons why emerald center stones are unforgettable statement pieces. 

To begin with, high-quality emeralds are rarer than diamonds and have a lower density, making them appear larger than a diamond with the same carat weight. 

While emeralds are a softer gemstones, they can still be cut and polished to your preferred shape. No matter what size and shape your emerald is, you can count on it to be vibrant and eye-catching.

Ruby Engagement Rings

Ruby engagement rings come in shades of red, starting from pinkish hues to blood-red colored gemstones. They’re just as strong as sapphires, registering as 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making them a resilient choice for center stones. 

Rubies often come flawed, and those that are without imperfections are known as, “Burmese Rubies.” Even though there is no perfect ruby it’s hardly cause for concern, as they are the boldest and most breathtaking gemstones, in our humble opinion. 

These unique gemstones symbolize richness, success, and romance, the perfect representation for an engagement ring. They pair well on three stone ring settings and shine brighter when they have diamonds alongside them. 

Key Takeaways

Gemstone engagement rings are always there as an option and a colorful alternative to a diamond engagement ring. So, talk to your partner if choosing an engagement ring together is an option. 

At James Allen, we love the idea of customizing your glow, so take a peek into our ring studio or customer-inspired engagement ring designs and find out which gemstone engagement ring is the one for you. 

For any and all questions about the ring of your dreams, feel free to contact our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts who are here for you 24/7. 

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