Take a cue from your favorite celebs—Blake Lively, Halle Berry, and Carrie Underwood and of course, Kate Middleton—and mix things up with a colorful center stone sparkler.

One of the most popular ways to ensure your engagement ring stands out from the crowd? Colorful stones. Several engaged-and-married celebrities are fans of the trend, with stars like Blake Lively, Halle Berry, Jessica Simpson and, of course, Kate Middleton, all rocking a non-traditional sparkler on their left ring finger.

Make like Kate and go for a regal blue sapphire, or go the route of Halle with a vintage-inspired emerald set in yellow gold. Jessica's fiancé Eric Johnson proposed with a ruby gem, while Ryan Reynolds popped the question to Blake with a stunning (and seriously expensive) pink diamond. If you're looking to splurge on a colored diamond, canary yellow is another gorgeous option. (But if you're searching for a statement-making bauble on a budget, stick with traditional gemstones.)

Cost (and celebrity-approval) aside, a colorful stone can also add extra meaning to this already sentimental piece of jewelry. Choosing a birthstone, favorite color, or incorporating heirlooms are just a few of the many ways to personalize your ring.

But you don't have to ditch the classic white diamond all together. You can set your sapphire or emerald in a diamond-studded halo and pavé band or use the bright pieces as accents with a diamond in the center.

Convinced you want to incorporate some color? Click through to see all of our favorite colorful engagement rings.

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