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The Best Gemstones To Use In Your Engagement Ring

February 15th, 2023

Four brilliant diamonds cut in different shapes

One?s engagement ring symbolizes everlasting love and is intended to be worn for a lifetime. As such, it should be forged in high quality, durable metals and fitting with gems that will retain their beauty and shape for years to come. With many gemstones available, it may be difficult for some to discern whether a stone whose color strikes their fancy can stand the test of time. Our experts here at Deutsch & Deutsch Jewelers have put together a guide to some of the gems we think are most suitable for an engagement ring to help make your shopping experience a breeze.


Diamonds have traditionally been used as the center stone in engagement rings because of their incredible beauty, versatility, and strength. Their clear color ensures your ring perfectly suits any color scheme or ensemble. Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on earth, guaranteeing that your center stone will retain its shape and beauty. On the Mohs scale, which measures a gem?s hardness, diamonds score a 10/10. At a more significant cost upfront than most other gems, diamond engagement rings will also retain their value over time.

A plethora of moissanite gemstones shining bright


Those particularly fond of the look of a clear stone but don?t want to pay the price of a diamond may want to consider moissanite. Moissanite is the second hardest mineral in the world after diamonds, scoring a 9.5/10 on the Mohs scale. These gems are a bit more affordable than diamonds and come in yellow and green varieties for those looking for a bit of color.


Offering a distinctive fiery hue, rubies are another popular choice for those seeking a colorful alternative to diamonds for their engagement ring. The sister stone to sapphires, rubies score a 9/10, making them an excellent choice for a piece of jewelry that will see a lot of wear. These gemstones are true classics and will always attract attention with their iconic color.

A lone sapphire shinning a vibrant blue


Typically when one thinks of sapphires, one thinks of the classic deep blue variation, like the one featured in Princess Diana?s famed oval cut halo ring. Blue sapphires are striking, but these stones also come in various colors. They score a 9/10 on the Mohs, making them one of the hardest gems available.


Topaz scores an 8/10 on the Mohs and occurs in a great variety of hues. Gems ranging from light to dark blue are the most common in topaz, though you can truly find it in almost any color of the rainbow. They are more affordable than most other gems on this list.

Green emerald engagement ring with a yellow gold setting


Another iconic gem, the emerald, is characterized by a fresh, vibrant green hue ranging from bluish to yellowish. They bring a wonderfully unique effect to engagement rings and typically feature some inclusions that make them more distinctive. Be careful when choosing emeralds, though, because inclusions too close to the surface can create chipping of the stone.

Several round cut diamonds. One diamond, held up by calipers, is being inspected

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At Deutsch & Deutsch, it would be our supreme pleasure to play a part in your love story by providing you with the engagement ring of your dreams. Whether you?re looking for a diamond ring or otherwise, we offer an impressive plethora of designer pieces and custom design services so that you?re sure to leave one of our Texas jewelry stores with a smile on your face. Request an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with one of our team members today, or browse our inventory online at your leisure.