Whoever said engagement rings have to be diamonds has obviously never been a queen. Not only are colorful engagement rings unique and elegant, they also have adorned powerful potentates throughout royal history. Thanks to these women bulldozing jewelry boundaries, your options are limitless when choosing an engagement ring that packs a loving punch, in whichever color you please.
It all began with Queen Elizabeth, who was proposed to with a blue sapphire ring. This marked the birth of a tradition; Princess Anne and Princess Diana also received blue sapphire engagement rings. Princess Sarah Ferguson kept the colorful tradition alive, yet mixed things up with a ruby engagement ring. It seems like Royal Rocks are just more colorful!
And now the latest royal, Kate Middleton, has captured the hearts of Prince William and the world, wearing Diana’s ring: a touching example of how style transcends time. Dazzling in blue, Kate has taken the trend for colored gemstone engagements to a new generation.
These royal women opened the diamond door for engaged women across the globe. You are welcome, of course, to go the traditional diamond route if you so please, as many women still do. Other color and gemstone options include amethyst, emerald, aquamarine, pink sapphire, black diamond, and yellow sapphire.
Go ahead and be creative and unique; explore all of the options that are right at your fingertips!
Actress, writer and improviser Brooke Lenzi is a performer on stage and screen in Los Angeles. She likes gifts that come in small packages.