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Now we all know just how important finding the perfect engagement ring is now don’t we? It’s often star of the show on your ring finger and it’s the one piece of jewellery, along with your wedding band, that you will wear each and every day for well, quite frankly, forever. So it’s a really important purchase; an heirloom, a sentimental symbol and a declaration of your love for all to see. It’s only been in the past century or so that diamonds have been the gemstone of choice for engagement bands, coloured gems were much more popular in past eras. But we’ve certainly seen a resurgence of late of alternatives to the diamond in wedding jewellery and I think it’s so exciting. Today we are showcasing some stunning options for alternative engagement rings, for brides with sass and style. If you are on the hunt for something unusual, unique and totally personal, just cast your eye over these beauties available from Browns Family Jewellers.

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Alternative Engagement Rings


How to ensure you have a unique, alternative style engagement ring? Think about the gem stone, metal, setting and size options. There are some beautiful metal options, which all vary in price point, meaning there is something out there for every budget. Rose gold has been very popular recently, however yellow gold, white gold and platinum are usually the most popular and long lasting timeless choices. It’s worth thinking about the metal colour of jewellery you usually wear and whether you want to match or mismatch for your daily style. Do also consider your dream wedding band when choosing your dream engagement ring, they will sit together and thinking about the overall look is really important to avoid disappointment when wedding ring shopping. There are some really beautiful intricate bands now, so the gem isn’t always the show stopper. You could also add your own personal engraving to make your ring all the more bespoke and special too.

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Coloured Gem Stones


There are a rainbow of gemstones available for fine jewellery and you will be spoilt for choice if you veer away from diamonds. The other great thing about going for an alternative gem, is that you will most likely get more for your money, in terms of gem quality and size.

Gem stones to look out for include;

And that’s just a small selection of gems, there are oodles of options and choices. Browns have so many exquisite coloured stone engagement rings to choose from that you really will find it tricky to choose between. If you are still stuck on which gem to choose, why not take a look at your birthstone for a sentimental choice?


Unusual Colour Rings


I was lucky enough to choose my favourite coloured gem engagement rings from Browns Family Jewellers to photograph. Here are my top five from their stunning collection, chosen for their beautiful gems, intricate detail and beautiful design. Plus they all vary in price, so there is something for every budget.


Diamond and Emerald Trilogy Ring


This beautiful engagement ring features an 0.93 carat oval emerald as the centre stone, flanked by two brilliant cut diamonds, set in a yellow gold band, which really make the stones pop in contrast. It has a real antique feel, like it’s been passed from generation to generation for a timeless look.


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Tanzanite Three Stone Ring


When I saw this ring in the Browns’ boutique, it really was love at first sight. I mean just look at the princess cut tanzanite stone in deep blue, isn’t it so striking? This ring also features two pear cut diamonds and an 18ct white gold band. With the centre stone at 1.13ct, it is an impressive size and will really make a statement on your ring finger.


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Pink Sapphire & Diamond Trilogy Ring


I don’t know about you but I do love a touch of pink. This beautiful engagement ring will look oh so pretty and I am sure will be a stand out piece of jewellery for your collection. The pink sapphire is 3.00 carats and also has two diamonds nestled alongside it.


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Diamond & Sapphire Cluster Ring


The halo style of engagement ring has really risen in popularity and it’s easy to see why. It has a vintage feel about the design, with a really glamorous feel. This ring in particular is amazing value and it looks so delicate and elegant with it’s princess cut sapphire and halo of diamonds.


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Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring


I think if I had to choose one ring for me, it would be this one. With it’s yellow gold band, 1.16 carat sapphire and halo of diamonds it looks like a real heirloom piece. The diamond adorned shoulders add really gorgeous detail and a simple or intricate wedding band would look wonderful alongside.


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Colour Gem Engagement Ring Inspiration


Browns Family Jewellers has grown to be one of the leading high street jewellers in Yorkshire. With over 20 years experience behind us, we’ve built our business on honesty, integrity and trust; whilst maintaining traditional values – which is why our clientele use our services over and over again. When asked, our customers say it’s our unique approach to providing the highest quality of service, through our extensive knowledge and personal touch, which makes Browns Family Jewellers their first choice. Our online store has naturally inherited our core values to bring you the best experience of buying and selling jewellery online.

Browns Family Jewellers has 6 well established stores throughout Yorkshire and, as a company, pride ourselves on the proficiency of our staff which have been with our company for many years. The majority of our hard working staff have served over 25 years in the jewellery industry, which means you can be assured that no matter what service you require, you’ll be greeted by a knowledgeable and reputable professional as soon as you step in store. Our duty of care doesn’t only apply to in store purchases, all of our customers online will be provided with a personal aftercare service – offering you any help and advice when you need it by contacting us to talk to a friendly and honest member of our team.

We don’t only have an exquisite collection of contemporary jewellery and watches on our online store, we also specialise in pre-owned and vintage jewellery – so there really is something for everyone. You’re only a click away from thousands of beautifully designed jewellery items and watches…


So there you have our guide to choosing the perfect alternative engagement ring. There are countless options and you can be assured that your experience will be a very special one with Browns Family Jewellers xo Lou


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