The meaning behind coloured Engagement Rings

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The meaning behind coloured Engagement Rings

Diamond engagement rings remain as popular as ever, although some people prefer coloured gemstone engagement rings as a vibrant alternative. Each precious gemstone has it’s own meaning, with their symbolism often being the reason for their selection.
I have pulled together some of the meanings behind coloured gemstone engagement rings.

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Blue Sapphire

These engagement rings represent loyalty and devotion making Sapphires a beautiful and meaningful choice for bridal jewellery. One of the most iconic Sapphire rings is that of Princess Diana which Kate now wears. Sapphires are the birthstone for September and come in a wide range of colours, from the popular blue to more unusual pink, yellow and purple.


Engagement Rings - Ruby
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Rubies are said to symbolise love, passion and courage. Therefore, they are perfect for a colourful engagement ring. For those born in July a Ruby ring might be an excellent choice, they could be incorporated either as the centre stone or as side stones in the engagement ring.

Blue Topaz

This gemstone has been believed to encourage clear, calm communication, personal growth and the desire to learn. Communication is key in any marriage so it’s clear to see why Topaz might be a wise choice for an engagement ring. This is also the birthstone of November.


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This gemstone is a firm favourite for an engagement ring; the Emerald symbolises a happy and successful marriage. Emerald is the birthstone of May, it carries the vibrant green colour of Spring and radiates a beautiful vivid tone.

Purple Amethyst

Engagement Rings - Purple Amethyst
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A Purple Amethyst in an engagement ring is said to promote happiness, contentment and peace. If you and your partner value a calm relationship, free from tension and disagreement, an Amethyst ring might be one to consider. Amethyst is the birthstone for February and would be extra meaningful for those born in the month.


This gemstone is associated with rebirth, renewal, prosperity and compassion. This would be an unusual choice for an engagement ring. However, women with August birthdays might enjoy receiving a Peridot engagement ring as it is their birthstone.


Engagement rings - Garnet
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These gemstones are naturally found in a variety of vibrant hues and tones. A garnet engagement ring is said to ensure good health, prosperity and enduring happiness. Red garnets are often compared to rubies, representing passion and love with their depth of colour. Orange garnet is said to channel the energy of the sun, suitable for creative dreamers. Green garnet is believed to instil confidence in the wearer. Garnet is the birthstone of January.

If you are thinking of having your birthstone feature in your ring here’s a quick look at Birthstones by the month…

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Pearl or Alexandrite
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Opal
November – Topaz
December – Turquoise

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Paul Crawford

Wedding Photographer Paul Crawford

Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland

Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.

A full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have photographed well over 1300 weddings since then.

He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.

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