Want to choose an alternative engagement ring as you get ready to propose? Birthstones offer a simple, easy way to personalize the engagement ring you choose for the one you love. Opting for a birthstone engagement ring shows the thought that went into the ring selection. Also, unless your significant other’s birthday was in April, which boasts a diamond as its birthstone, it will help you easily go beyond the diamond tradition.
What Is a Birthstone?
A birthstone is a gem that corresponds to a person's birth month or zodiac sign. These gems are thought to bring good luck, good health, or protection, and some months have multiple birthstones.
You don’t have to stick to the birthstone of when your partner was born, either. Another appealing part of choosing a birthstone engagement ring is that you can easily communicate so much about your feelings with the symbolism behind the birthstone you choose.
Whether you want to pick a ring for its deep meaning or choose a ring based on when your future spouse was born, these birthstone engagement rings are sure to help you find inspiration for your proposal.
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnet is a dark, flaming red gemstone that serves as the birthstone for anyone born in the first month of the year. It symbolizes love and the passionate life force within each person. Blue Nile’s garnet engagement ring plays up the gemstone’s beauty. Set in 18K white gold, the oval-shaped garnet is surrounded by a halo of round brilliant diamonds. The pavé-set diamonds line the top half of the band.
Price at time of publish: $1,750
February Birthstone: Amethyst
In the classic novel Anne of Green Gables, Anne admires Marilla’s amethyst brooch and gets into great mischief when she wears it without permission. It’s such a beautiful stone that Anne surely felt justified, and it’s the birthstone to those born in February, the month of love. Paloma Picasso’s amethyst hexagon ring is simple and elegant with a custom-cut gemstone and gold setting. For those who want to accentuate the beauty of the stone and this special cut, this engagement ring is a lovely choice.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
With its vivid color and lustrous beauty, March’s aquamarine is the perfect gemstone for saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring. Gemma by WP Diamonds offers an aquamarine engagement ring that is dripping with pizzazz in all the best ways. The pear-shaped aquamarine center stone is surrounded with diamonds that are beautifully arranged in intricate designs along the top half of its white gold band.
Price at time of publish: $2,400
March Birthstone: Bloodstone
Bloodstone is an alternate birthstone for March, and this gemstone is typically green with orange or red spots. Gemologica’s oval bloodstone ring with an 18K rose gold band is simple and elegant. Designed in art nouveau style, its four white round natural diamonds help accentuate the bloodstone, and the braided-style band enhances the ring’s beauty.
Price at time of publish: $842
April Birthstone: Diamond
Diamonds inspire reflection, and they can symbolize light and purity which any engaged couple is sure to welcome to their union. Also, diamonds are considered traditional gems for engagement rings. This Ruth Ring by Kimaï offers a new spin on a classic engagement ring style. The large centerpiece diamond stands out, while the 12 accent diamonds line the band and help add shine to the special ring. The yellow gold band forms a curve around the finger, coming in at a V where the diamond is showcased.
Price at time of publish: $3,630
April Birthstone: White Topaz
White topaz is an alternative birthstone for April, and white topaz engagement rings are typically more affordable. White topaz can symbolize hope, joy, and love. What’s not to adore about that? Macy’s has a white topaz birthstone ring in a lovely teardrop shape. It’s surrounded by diamond accents and the luster of the white topaz goes beautifully with the shining silver of the band.
Price at time of publish: $200
May Birthstone: Emerald
Emeralds are symbols of love and rebirth. Since May is in the prime of spring, it’s fitting that May’s birthstone is emerald. This emerald ring in 18K white gold from Brilliant Earth is a perfect mixture of classic and unique between its timeless setting and colorful center stone.
Price at time of publish: $990 for setting only
June Birthstone: Pearl
Since Emma Stone revealed her pearl engagement ring in 2019, June’s birthstone ring has grown in popularity. It symbolizes fertility and long life. While not every couple may want to have kids, all are sure to want a long life together. Imitation pearls are just as beautiful as freshwater pearls, and they are even cool to the touch. They’re also vegan-friendly, making them suitable for any bride. Macy’s has an imitation pearl ring with a large faux pearl at its center that’s surrounded by swirled bands of pavé cubic zirconia stones. The band is sterling silver plated.
Price at time of publish: $60
June Birthstone: Moonstone
Judith Bright’s Lots O' Rock Nest Ring with a moonstone centerpiece is both eye-catching and affordable. Each ring is handmade by artisans in Judith Bright’s Nashville-area studio. The chunky moonstone is wrapped like a nest, and the ring has two, gold-filled stacked bands. Also known as hecatolite, moonstone has a cool optical phenomenon called adularescence when its shifted in the light, and that helps give it a luminous beauty. It’s known as one of the modern June birthstones.
Price at time of publish: $198
July Birthstone: Ruby
Ruby, July’s beautiful birthstone, symbolizes passion, protection, and love. Mark Broumand’s gorgeous ruby ring has a birthstone that’s a rich purplish-red with a mixed cushion cut. It’s surrounded by a halo of round, brilliant-cut diamonds. Diamonds also line the sides of the platinum band.
Price at time of publish: $9,950
August Birthstone: Peridot
Peridot symbolizes good health and compassion, two things that will enrich any union. This dazzling yellowish-green gem looks lovely as the focus of an engagement ring. Blue Nile has a stylish peridot ring that has two halos. The primary gem is encircled by diamonds and by smaller peridot gems.
Price at time of publish: $625
September Birthstone: Sapphire
The brilliant blue sapphire is a precious gemstone and September’s birthstone. It symbolizes good fortune and wisdom. Tiffany & Co. has a sapphire engagement ring that as extravagant as it is picture-perfect. As part of the Tiffany Soleste® collection, this ring features a round-cut sapphire that’s surrounded by two rows of round brilliant-cut diamonds. The diamonds extend down the sides of the platinum band.
October Birthstone: Opal
October’s opal birthstone symbolizes truth and purity, and Jamie Wolf’s diamond-edged opal engagement ring draws the eye directly to the unique stone. Unlike most oval-shaped gemstone rings, this oval opal is designed to rest horizontally on the finger. With an 18K yellow gold band, the diamonds that surround the opal further accentuate its beauty.
Price at time of publish: $5,990
November Birthstone: Topaz
November’s topaz birthstone symbolizes deep love and affection, which makes it just right for an engagement ring. The alluring blue gemstone is the focus of this diamond and London blue topaz engagement ring. The topaz has an emerald cut and it is prong-set. A whopping 56 round brilliant-cut diamonds line the yellow gold band.
Price at time of publish: $3,759
November Birthstone: Citrine
Citrine is the modern birthstone for November for brides who are looking for something a little different. The vibrant clarity and yellow color of citrine make it a strong alternative to topaz and it symbolizes success. Lafonn’s citrine birthstone engagement ring centers a genuine citrine, and it’s surrounded by simulated diamonds. This affordable engagement ring has glitz and beauty, and the band is made of sterling silver bonded with platinum.
December Birthstone: Turquoise
Turquoise is known for its awe-inspiring beauty, and it symbolizes love and good fortune as December’s birthstone. Juliet & Oliver’s sweet vintage-style turquoise engagement ring has a natural turquoise with three brilliant-cut diamonds on each side. The ring’s rose gold setting and band go perfectly with the turquoise to create a captivating look.
Price at time of publish: $750