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The Symbolism Of Coloured Gemstone Engagement Rings

The days of traditional diamond engagement rings are a thing of the past, with more and more brides-to-be opting for beautiful coloured gemstones as their subject, and for good reason. Not only does a gemstone bear magical characteristics, but each holds emotive and symbolic meanings that carry an abundance of romance that you can hold dear to you throughout your love story.

The Symbolism Of Coloured Gemstone Engagement Rings

At Brown’s, we believe gemstones make for truly unique engagement rings, and offer a great alternative to the traditional diamond. What’s more, you can find one that is important to you and evokes your individual sense of style and personality. Read our guide on coloured gemstone rings to discover what each one symbolises so when it comes to making that all important decision, you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for. 


Sapphires have long been sought after as the most popular gemstones for jewellery. This stunning gem was prized and worn by talisman in the Middle Ages, thought to protect the wearer from witchcraft, and was also used as a remedy for poison. Its fame and beauty have resulted in it being long favoured by royalty, most notably Princess Diana, and more recently Kate Middleton. Sapphire engagement rings come in a range of colours, all holding their own symbolism and beauty. 

Blue sapphire

Blue sapphires are more recently synonymous with British royalty. Their spiritual purpose is also useful, as they are said to protect against negative energies, as well as calm the mind, strengthen intuition and invite spiritual clarity. This blue sapphire engagement ring mimics the regal beauty of the one worn by the Duchess of Cambridge herself. 

Orange sapphire

If you choose an orange sapphire engagement ring, wear it proud knowing it signifies great strength and fortitude, as well as bringing increased energy to the wearer. 

Pink sapphires

The popularity for pink sapphires is increasing and they filled many engagement rings in 2020. They are the epitome of femininity and delicacy, as seen in this pink sapphire halo ring. They are also said to represent resilience and strength.

Yellow sapphires

These are amongst the most popular gemstones and have been since the early 2000s. The bright cheerines of yellow sapphires make for breathtaking engagement rings, as seen in this yellow sapphire double halo ring. They are also recognised as being the bearers of wisdom, prosperity, good luck, and good energy.

White sapphires 

The pure, translucent white sapphire shows excellent clarity and shine, making it an ideal engagement ring choice. They are also considered to be pure sapphires and are the rarest to be found. They are said to honour the higher mind, bring intuition, clarity and self-mastery. 

White sapphires are often chosen in place of diamonds in engagement rings, as they possess similar qualities in look and quality, but for a lower price. 


A ruby engagement ring is possibly the most romantic choice of all. With a beautifully rich red stone that represents love and passion, this luscious and extremely rare stone is said to open the heart of your loved one and bestow good fortune on its wearer. Closely linked to the sun, the ruby possesses many of its energetic properties and instils passion and power to those who wear it. This ruby and diamond cluster ring showcases the ruby’s magic beautifully and oozes vintage glamour. It is the perfect statement gift to a soulmate.


Emerald makes a truly special engagement ring gemstone, not only for its magnificent vibrant green hue, but for its association with a successful marriage. The emerald brings growth, wisdom and patience to the wearer, and has a connection to love that is considered to help fertility. The glorious ‘spring-like’ stone serves as the perfect lucky charm for those wishing for a happy marriage. A ring such as this emerald and diamond cluster ring will surely turn heads. The emerald is beautifully offset by bright white diamonds that give the ring a contemporary feel with a vintage green touch.


Tanzanite is a striking blue-violet gemstone and was given its name by Tiffany & Co. after Tanzania, the country in which it was discovered. The tanzanite gem is believed to facilitate a higher consciousness and encourage intuition and perception in its wearer. Some have also believed the tanzanite has detoxifying properties and can improve vitality. 

What’s more, due to the apparent lightning strike that led to the discovery of tanzanite, those who wear it are able to convert negative vibrations into positive ones. Overall, this gemstone is a perfect companion to any couple’s journey through love. Fall in love with this tanzanite and diamond triple halo ring for ultimate vibrant violet vivacity.


Morganite is a beautifully feminine gemstone that usually comes in shades of pale pink, purple and orange. Its gentle warm tones can win over anyone and is said to attune to the heart and the heart chakra. Those who traditionally wore morganite, wore it with the aim that the gem would cleanse the emotional body of stress and anxiety, old wounds and hidden trauma. Its lightness and soft energy would lift all burdens and encourage positivity. This morganite and diamond engagement ring is a feminine icon, paired with a rose gold ring, its pink warmth is unmatched.


An aquamarine stone is simply stunning. Its dreamy and vivid blue colouring unsurprisingly links to the ocean, with a history of sailors using the stone as protection. Not only does this gem offer affection, fidelity and eternal love, but in an engagement ring, it serves as a reminder to express your love to each other on a daily basis. Like this oval aquamarine and diamond ring is perfect if your soul belongs to the sea, or perhaps if you’re planning a seaside proposal, this is your ideal meaningful choice. 


Pearls are hard, lustrous stones and are considered highly prized gems of the sea. During ancient times in Japan, pearls were believed to be the tears of mythical creatures, including mermaids and angels. They are symbolic of wisdom gained through experience and are believed to offer protection for its wearer, as well as attract good luck and wealth. In engagement rings, they are unique and according to history, are offered as a token of affection and love, making them a meaningful choice.


Opals are formed from silica-rich waters and are believed to be an emotional stone that reflects the mood of its wearer. The meaning of opal is amplification, hope and purity, so when worn, it intensifies emotions and releases inhibitions. But the opal benefits do not end there, they also encourage both freedom and independence, and in a relationship will bring loyalty, faithfulness and spontaneity. 

The colours of an opal stone will vary, but in an engagement ring, you will find beautiful delicate tones such as pale pink, baby blue, and soft peach, all of which make stunning centre stones. 


Citrine is a tantalizing, tangy gemstone with a striking yellow hue. This stone symbolises joy, abundance, and transmutation. The vibrant yellow stone will always spread a positive, energetic light and is said to be one of only two gemstones that do not need to be recharged or purified, so you can enjoy your gemstone with carefree ease. Offering a citrine to your loved one will encourage friendship, hope and happiness in your relationship and bring good luck and harmony forevermore. 


A vibrant topaz gemstone is unmatched for its bold, blue beauty. The topaz is a gemstone that represents nobility, passion, love and purpose, meaning it is a perfect engagement ring stone to offer your loved one. An engagement ring like this 18k blue topaz ring will steal any heart. Thanks to its fiery energy, the topaz is filled with high esteem and good fortune and will strengthen the confidence of the wearer and trust in oneself. 

For more information and ideas, you can browse our complete collection of engagement rings available at Browns Family Jewellers. If you want to discuss your ideas, one of our expert team members is ready to assist you, simply get in touch and we will offer you a safe and relaxing consultation.