Some couples choose alternative engagement rings to to achieve a more vintage look with a colored stone or to save money. Others simply like the style of colored gemstones in engagement rings, which became popular after the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
Non-diamond engagement rings can be made with any gemstone, but some popular ones are pearl, emerald, sapphire, aquamarine, and moissanite. Moissanite, which often has a light pink color, is a popular stone for rose gold engagement rings. Another popular choice for alternative engagement rings is white sapphire, which has the same clear quality and shine as a diamond but costs less.