When it comes to engagement rings, there are the traditionalists—those who opt for a classic diamond ring. And then there’s the rule breakers—those who choose other gemstones that catch their eye or ones  that are personally meaningful to them. Here at Coffin & Trout, we like to take the diplomatic approach: we mean it when we say that you can’t go wrong with either choice.

However, if you’re considering the way of the alternative gemstone, breathe easy. Our expert designers and specialists are here to guide you in making a stunning selection, one that will stand the test of time . Alternative gemstone choices are very much in vogue, as many young couples seek to form their own traditions and stand apart from the crowd.

To offer some inspiration, we’ve gathered five of our absolute favorite ring choices that feature stones other than diamonds as their centerpiece. Use this as a starting point for exploring alternative stones. And, when you’re ready, come see us at our store – don’t worry, we won’t lead you in the wrong direction.

One of the main things to consider for an engagement ring is durability. Diamond is one of the hardest materials known to man, therefore perfect for everyday wear. The only gemstone we recommend as an alternative is sapphire, which is the next hardest material on the Mohs Hardness Scale after Diamond. We have several clients who still choose gemstones softer than Diamond and Sapphire, but we are sure to educate them on the risks and concerns with the durability and longevity of such gemstones.



Empress Blue Sapphire and Diamond Halo White Gold Engagement Ring

Made you look twice, didn’t it? This ring is startlingly colorful with a 0.9 carat blue sapphire, twinkling in the middle. But it’s still got plenty of diamond pizzazz, with round brilliant cut diamonds wrapped around it (0.28 carat weight!). It’s set in 14K white gold and platinum, a beauty from our Empress Collection. A bold, yet classic choice.

Empress Pink Sapphire and Diamond Halo Rose Gold Engagement Ring

For the blushing bride, pretty in pink. This 18K rose gold ring hails from our Empress Collection. The showstopper is the pink sapphire, 2.25 carat radiant cut. It’s accented by32 round brilliant cut diamonds, 0.45 carat weight in total. Soft and feminine for everlasting style.

Rose and White Gold Moissanite Engagement Ring

Dashing lines and plenty of contrast. This ring, from our Evolve Collection, is set in 14K white gold and 20K rose gold, a balanced combination of warm and cool tones. The center stone is not diamond but moissanite, equal to a 0.8 carat diamond stone. The look is completed with 24 round brilliant cut diamonds, 0.21 carat weight, a classic finish.


Classique Oval Pink Sapphire and Diamond Platinum Ring

Paint the town pink. This eye-catching platinum ring sits within our Classique Collection. At the center is none other than a pink sapphire, oval cut, for 2.51 carat weight of gorgeous, splashy, sassy fun. It’s surrounded by 10 baguette-cut diamonds, 1.10 total carat weight.

Paragon Yellow Sapphire Men’s Ring

A thick, strong band is offset by a soft gold center. This 18K white and 18K yellow gold men’s ring is from our Paragon Collection. It features a stunning cushion cut yellow sapphire, 4.63 carat weight. It’s complemented by 2 round brilliant cut diamonds, 0.12 total carat weight.