We have all heard the timeless saying ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’. That may be true for some, but these days, many couples are breaking with tradition and opting for alternative gemstones in their engagement rings. Birthstones are a particularly popular choice, with each gem not only standing out in colour but carrying different meanings as well. Birthstones date back to ancient civilisations when our ancestors believed that each gemstone had a special power attached to it, bringing luck, love, health, or prosperity to the wearer. These traditions have carried on over the centuries and jewellery with a person’s own birthstone makes a popular and personal gift.
Ruby: The Universal Colour of Love
In modern times, birthstones are associated with a particular month and often hold a high degree of personal significance, making them a perfect choice for something as personal and significant as an engagement ring. With so many stunning options from deep blue sapphires and garnets to brightly coloured emeralds and aquamarine, it can be difficult to choose something that is special for you and your partner. That said, you can never go wrong with a beautiful ruby. Not only is it red, the universal colour of love, it also happens to be the birthstone for July.
Perhaps you met your other half or proposed to them in July, or one of you has a birthday in July? Or, maybe red just happens to be her favourite colour! Whatever your reason, this remarkably beautiful gem is thought to represent love, health and wisdom as well as bestow good luck upon those who wear it. For a couple seeking a long and happy marriage, what better symbolism is there than that?
Rubies also happen to be one of the most striking gemstones out there, the red hues contrasting perfectly to different types of metal including gold and platinum, making sure all of the attention is on the centrepiece stone. There is also considerable variation to rubies, one of the traditional cardinal gems, ranging from pink to dark red tones. For a romantic alternative to diamonds, why not consider gemstones and birthstones for your special engagement ring?
Here at Roseanna Croft Jewellery, each engagement ring is designed and handcrafted just for you, ensuring it is as unique as the bride wearing it. If you’re looking for a personal, bespoke engagement ring for your partner, we are perfectly placed to make your dreams a reality.