Getting engaged? Not sure which ring you want? These ethical colored engagement ring ideas should offer some inspo!
By Lora O’Brien
Many proposals of ‘Will you marry me?’ have been followed by a bent knee and a stunning diamond ring nestled in a velvet-lined jewelry box. The classic diamond has been the gemstone of choice for many engagements, and what’s not to love? (so long as it’s ethical)!
When gemstones are used, they’re usually supporting side stones to compliment the star of the show, the diamond. But now the roles are truly reversing. Thanks to celebs like Megan Fox and Jennifer Lopez, colored stones are now the main feature of modern engagement rings.
In fact, since JLO and Ben Affleck rekindled their romance, global searches for ‘green engagement ring’ skyrocketed by 1,455% mere hours after they announced their news!
What the colored gems in engagement rings mean
Wondering what the meaning behind each gemstone is? These are a few of the most popular:
Aquamarine: This soft blue stone is symbolic of tropical oceans. The fact that it symbolises both courage and communication makes it fitting for a marriage!
Blue sapphire: A gemstone that is truly fit for royalty, this is the stone in the iconic Princess Diana ring. The gemstone is symbolic of honesty and loyalty.
Champagne diamond: A subtle alternative to clear diamonds, champagne diamonds ooze modern elegance. The stone is symbolic of commitment; perfect for weddings!
Emerald: Natural emeralds are one of the most popular gemstones of the year. Seeing their beauty, it’s easy to see why! Symbolic of happiness, emeralds are the perfect way to enter into a joyous marriage.
Morganite: If ever there was a gemstone that looks like love, it’s morganite. Its soft pine hue is symbolic of sweetness, love and romance. Plus the stone is connected to the heart. How perfect is that?
Ruby: Often associated with wealth, love and prosperity, rubies are renowned for bringing good fortune. And did you know that a ruby is actually a red sapphire?
Yellow diamond: Many of us envision clear diamonds when we think of pure love, but yellow diamonds are an extension of this. Symbolic of love, happiness and optimism, they can represent a long and happy marriage.
There are plenty of stunning engagement ring choices this season! From soft aquamarine to bold sapphire, blush pink to statement ruby, these ethical colored engagement ring ideas are guaranteed to take your breath away.
The Best Ethical Coloured Engagement Ring Ideas
Are you a Princess Diana (and/or Kate Middleton) fan? Then this sapphire Termina ring is the perfect ethical colored engagement ring for you!
This breathtaking ring just oozes sophistication, and has a slightly vintage vibe. The incandescent burst of sapphire and diamonds are the perfect way to mark an engagement. It’s handmade by artisan Sofia Zakia. The jeweler is committed to using only environmentally responsible resources, as well as ethically sourced colored gemstones and diamonds.
The two colors most synonymous with love are red and pink. So it just makes sense for an engagement ring to encapsulate this. Brilliant Earth has crafted the perfect ring using a pink pear-shaped sapphire, finished with diamonds. But you can also use this stone as a base for your own design!
In fact, you can pretty much redesign this ring to change the shape, color and size of the stone. It’s perfect for anyone who loves a pink gem.
Brilliant Earth is one of the longest-standing makers of ethical colored engagement rings around. Since 2005, they’ve been elevating the sustainability of the jewelry industry through more transparent, ethical sourcing of materials.
Price: From $1,050
We love Ethica’s rings because they make all of their diamonds and colored gemstones in a lab. No mining that scars the Earth here! But the quality of the stones is exactly the same as what you’d find in the ground.
Just take a look at one of the prettiest ethical colored engagement ring ideas, below.
This champagne-hued diamond ring was a custom made job. You can do the same with stones of whatever color you prefer. Contact Ethica for options and pricing directly.
Price: Depends on your design
What better ring to be symbolic of love than a ruby? Believed to nurture both love and passion within a relationship, a ruby is a fitting stone to keep a marriage thriving. Plus it has a pretty good legend, with many believing the ruby is not actually a gemstone, but hardened fire that can set hearts aflame.
Brilliant Earth is the perfect place to build your perfect engagement ring. You choose every part of the ring, from the gemstone shape, metal preference and size of the gemstone.
Whether you want an oval, pear or cushion ruby, it will make a perfect centerpiece. And the contrast with clear diamonds is striking!
Price: Stone prices start at around $1,700. Settings are around $1,000
If you’re not quite looking for a bold engagement ring, but want something a little unique, this stunning ring by Mejuri is one of the best ethical colored engagement ring ideas for you.
A classic round cut stone with a twist, the peach morganite gemstone is as subtle as it is beautiful.
Floating on a prong setting and highlighted by two brilliant-cut diamonds on either side, it’s every bit as delicate and feminine as it sounds.
Mejuri handcrafts each item in their studio themselves. The brand only uses recycled gold settings and conflict-free stones.
Price: Around $1,300
These are some of my favorite ethical colored engagement ring ideas! And pastel shades are a huge trend right now, too.
Stone and Strand’s Unicorn Sugar Cube Band is a simply delightful ring. Colorful sapphires, peridots and tanzanites illuminate a simple band. Faceted so that they catch the light at every angle, this ring will really make everyone say: WOW!
In case you don’t know the New York-based brand, Stone and Strand only uses ethically-sourced gemstones in their women-created work.
Are you looking at this article on ethical colored engagement rings because Megan Fox’s sparkler blew you away? Then go for an emerald!
With their glowing green fire, they’re nothing short of extraordinary. If you’re wanting full control over the stone shape, setting and size, you can design your very own (just like MGK did for Megan) with Taylor & Hart.
Fun fact: Cleopatra was a huge fan of emeralds. She believed that they represented fertility and immortality. Famously, she would adorn herself with handmade emerald jewelry, and even decorated her palace with the stone.
Price: Varies, depending on the ring you design
Love sapphires, but want to avoid looking like you’re copying the iconic Princess Di ring? This square sapphire is a simply stunning alternative.
Set in platinum with diamond accent stones, it’s the center stone that really steals the show. This particular model is from Badis Jewelry, but you can also get the same ring made to order through ethical engagement ring brand Taylor & Hart.
Sure, many can appreciate the beauty of a diamond. But yellow diamonds are another story! They’re warm, they’re pretty, and they’re different.
Despite the name, yellow diamonds also come in shades of orange, and brown. Some even have green tints, which heightens their eye-catching quality.
How stunning is this square yellow diamond, below? It’s unique, and a real show-stopper. Find more ethical yellow diamond engagement rings here. You can choose your setting, stone and embellishments to create something truly personal. Just contact the brand directly for a quote.
Price: Depends on what you design
A stone that I personally think outshines a diamond each and every time is aquamarine. The most beautiful light shade of blue, it dazzles in every which way, always reminding me of the sea. Maybe that’s why this is one of my favorite ethical colored engagement ring ideas.
Sustainable engagement ring specialists Brilliant Earth have added a halo of conflict-free pavé diamonds around the aquamarine gem. It gives the ring a nature-inspired snow, sky and sea theme that’s truly breathtaking.