About       Services       Shop       Engagement Guide       Jewelry 101       Contact
The 6 Best Gemstones for Engagement Rings – That Aren’t Diamonds

The 6 Best Gemstones for Engagement Rings – That Aren’t Diamonds

When it comes to gemstones for engagement rings, diamonds are by far the most popular. There are tons of practical reasons most people choose diamonds for their engagement ring – they’re incredibly strong and stunningly beautiful – but these lovely gemstones definitely aren’t your only choice. If you’re looking for something more unique, these are the 6 best gemstones for engagement rings – that aren’t diamonds.


Rubies are one of the best gemstones for engagement rings and one of our favorite stones here at F.A.O. Jewelers in Brighton, MI.
Rubies are among the hardest known minerals, making them the perfect choice for something that will be worn every day – like an engagement ring. Besides their incredible strength, rubies are breathtakingly beautiful. The rich red hues of these stunning gemstones make them the perfect representation for love, romance, and passion.

Mohs Hardness Rating: 9


Another super-tough gemstone that’s perfect for an engagement ring is a sapphire. Best known for their deep, royal blue color, sapphires actually come in just about every color except red. Some sapphires even have a special property called pleochroism, where the gem changes colors based on how you look at it.

If you’re looking for something really special, check out star sapphire rings. These unique stones sport a scintillating star pattern in the center of the sapphire. The result is a truly unique and utterly beautiful piece of jewelry.

Mohs Hardness Rating: 9


If you’re looking for a versatile gemstone with tons of beautiful colors and cuts to choose from, then let’s introduce you to Topaz. Topaz is one of the best gemstones for engagement rings because there are options and variations that suit just about everybody’s taste.

Not only does topaz come in a wide variety of colors, from blue and purple to red and orange, but they’re tough as well. Coming in at an 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, topaz is durable enough to wear everyday and beautiful enough to show off to everyone you know.

Mohs Hardness Rating: 8


Spinel is one of the most beautiful gemstones on earth. So beautiful, in fact, they are often mistaken for rubies. The Black Prince’s Ruby, a world-famous gemstone and one of the Crown Jewels of the UK, is actually a world class spinel that was mistaken for a ruby for over 1,000 years.

With a hardness rating of 8 and the type of beauty that can fool royalty for over a millennia, Spinel is one of the best gemstones for engagement rings.

Mohs Hardness Rating: 8


Another one of the best gemstones for engagement rings is the ever-beautiful emerald; find yours today at F.A.O. Jewelers in Brighton, MI.
If you’re looking for a gemstone that’s instantly recognizable and perpetually beautiful, an emerald may be the perfect choice for your engagement stone. This verdant gem rates between 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning emeralds are strong enough to handle the everyday wear of an engagement ring.

If you have a partner who has a thing for green, then choosing an emerald for your engagement ring should be a no-brainer.

Mohs Hardness Rating: 7.5 – 8


Another excellent option when it comes to alternate gemstones for engagement rings is aquamarine. This lovely stone comes in colors reminiscent of the watery world for which they’re named. This sea-colored gem is the perfect choice for someone who has an affinity for the ocean and is more than capable of holding its own in comparison to over gems.

Not only are aquamarine engagement rings beautiful and romantic, but they’re extremely tough as well. Coming in at a hardness rating of 7.5 – 8, there are only a few gems harder than aquamarine.

Mohs Hardness Rating: 7.5 – 8

Honorable Mentions – Moissanite

I think that no list of alternate gemstones for engagement rings is complete without mentioning Moissanite. With a hardness rating of 9.5, only diamonds are tougher than Moissanite, but nothing compares to the sheer brilliance of this otherworldly stone.

Moissanite might just be the rarest gem on earth, mostly because it’s actually extraterrestrial. First discovered in a meteorite in the late 1800s, Moissanite is so difficult to find in nature that it’s now exclusively made in the lab. These lab-made gems have the exact same composition, beauty, and toughness of their spacefaring siblings, but at a much more reasonable price.

Mohs Hardness Rating: 9.5

Design the Perfect Engagement Ring at F.A.O. Jewelers in Brighton, MI

When deciding on the best gemstones for your engagement ring, you don’t have to do it alone. The jewelry design experts here at F.A.O. Jewelers are here to help. With a huge supply of different high-quality gemstones, we can help you make the engagement ring of your dreams.

Give us a call at 810.229.5335, or stop by our location in Brighton, MI to see our engagement rings firsthand. For even more information, check out our Jewelry 101 blog or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

How To Find the Right Jeweler: 5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Jeweler

How To Find the Right Jeweler: 5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Jeweler

As far as gifts go, you can’t beat a beautiful piece of jewelry. No matter what the occasion; it could be Christmas, Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, or just-because, gifting someone you love with a beautiful piece of fine jewelry is an excellent (and popular) way to show them how much you care. The question now becomes: how to find the right jeweler? Lucky for you, we’ve put some serious thought into this and came up with the definitive list of 6 things to look for when choosing a jeweler.

5 Tips to Help You Find the Right Jeweler

Only Buy From Professionals

The first and most obvious thing to look for when choosing a jeweler is… are they even a jeweler? Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are plenty of great people offering to sell you an engagement ring out of the trunk of their car or a fancy “new” watch out of the hidden pocket in their trench coat, but those great people probably aren’t professional jewelers. Buying jewelry from a professional jeweler comes with a few undeniable perks. Most notably, a professional jeweler knows what they’re talking about, and I don’t mean memorizing a sales pitch. Professional jewelers can offer you the best information, guidance, and advice on all of their pieces. They should know everything about the piece of jewelry, from how it was made to where the gemstones and materials originated from.

High-Quality Diamonds, Gems, and Metals

You'll know you found the right jeweler if they can tell you, in detail, where their diamonds, gemstones, and metals came from, so you can rest assured that their materials are conflict-free; that's exactly what you get at F.A.O. Jewelers in Brighton, MI. Going along with our theme of education, another thing to look for when choosing a jeweler is how well they know their products, materials, and their craft in general. They should be able to answer your questions about gemstones, diamonds, metal quality, and anything else related to your piece of jewelry. We put together a short list of strategic questions to ask to help you find the right jeweler.

Questions Every Jeweler Should be Able to Answer:

  • Are your diamonds conflict-free?
  • What are the strengths, weaknesses, and general characteristics of different gemstones?
  • What’s the difference between the “Cut” and the “Shape” of a gemstone?
  • Do you know the difference between a Karat, a Carat, and a Carrot?
  • Can you explain the 4 C’s of diamonds?
  • Are your diamonds and gemstones verified and certified through a respected, third-party organization, like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)?

Reputation Matters

When it comes to finding the right jeweler, reputation definitely matters. Checking their reviews and social media accounts is an important part of the finding-a-jeweler process. Pay attention to the good reviews, the bad reviews, AND their responses to the bad reviews. You can tell a lot about a company by looking at their responses to bad reviews. Are they helpful? Dismissive? Do they own their mistakes and offer up solutions or do they come up with catty excuses? The answers to these questions should give you some insight into how you’ll be treated at this jewelry store.

Best Ways to Check the Reputation of a Jewelry Store:

  • Ask around for recommendations.
  • Check them out on social media.
  • Check their online reviews.
  • How long have they been around?
  • Are they locally-owned?

Do They Care?

Ok, this may seem like a pretty low bar, but you’d be surprised at how important this question is. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to walk into a big-name jewelry store, like Tiffany & Co., Jared, or Kay Jewelers, and just become another number on a spreadsheet. Going to a Jewelry shop where the jewelers genuinely care about their customers is the best way to ensure you’re getting the best treatment possible. A jeweler who cares is much more likely to go above and beyond, making sure you feel heard and appreciated.

Post-Purchase Perks

Finally, a good thing to keep in mind when choosing a jeweler is what happens after the purchase. Ask whether or not they offer things like a life-time warranty, free repairs, free cleaning and polishing, updated appraisals, and financing options. The answers to these important questions will help you find your forever jewelry store.

Look No Further: F.A.O. Jewelers is Here for You

If you’re looking for the right jeweler, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at F.A.O. Jeweler, we combine the care and personalized attention of a locally-owned jewelry shop with the high-quality professionalism and incredible jewelry selection of a big brand. In the end, we know that it’s all about you and your experience with us. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing the absolute best customer experience imaginable. Stop in to have a conversation with one of our professional gemologists or design specialists. We’d love to be your forever jewelry store. For more information, give us a call at (810) 229-5335 in Brighton or (810) 632-0202 in Hartland. You can also check us out on Facebook and Instagram for more pictures, reviews, and information about us. Check out our Jewelry 101 Blog for more helpful information on our jewelry, gemstones, diamonds and more.