If you can't picture a traditional diamond solitaire on that special ring finger of yours, consider a colored stone. A pop of color is the easiest way to add personality to any outfit, and the same goes for your engagement ring. A stone in an unexpected hue will certainly stand out amongst a sea of classic diamonds.
Even some of Hollywood's most stylish stars are rocking a colored jewel. Ryan Reynolds presented Blake Lively with a gorgeous pink diamond. Plus, Jessica Simpson sports a ruby gem and Halle Berry dons an emerald stunner. Though, of course, the most famous colorful engagement ring belongs to Kate Middleton: her royal sapphire-and-diamond ring.
Convinced you're ready for a statement-making bauble? We're here to help. If you want the most bang for your buck, we suggest sticking with traditional (and more affordable) center gemstones like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. (Can't decide on a color? Look to your birthstone or another meaningful hue for inspiration.)
And remember: You don't have to forget the classic diamond all together. Colored diamonds are absolutely stunning — especially in pink and yellow tones. Or you can set your sapphire in a halo of diamonds or frame your grandmother's vintage emerald with diamond baguettes.
Love the idea of a colored engagement ring? Click the link below to see 71 of our favorite bright sparklers.