Although the diamond is still synonymous with engagement rings, more and more brides are considering alternative gems for their bridal jewelry. Sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and opals have all become popular choices for the engagement ring’s center stone, but there’s a newcomer to the scene that modern women should consider: moonstone.
According to the GIA, or Gemological Institute of America, moonstone part of the feldspar-group mineral orthoclase. Did we lose you? That basically means these stones are largely made from the same mineral that makes igneous rocks like granite. It’s known for its incredibly luster and glow (hence the name), which is caused by light moving between the stone’s layers. Moonstone naturally occurs in a variety of different shades — from colorless to white, or in hues like gray, green, peach, and brown. You can even find a prismatic version dubbed “rainbow moonstone.” That’s what makes it a great substitution for a diamond; the options are near endless.
Like the diamond, moonstone dates back far into history. The Romans and the Greeks both reportedly admired the stone, and moonstone was favored in Art Nouveau jewelry making because of its pearlescent quality. Depending on the light and your specific ring, they almost appear to change color, but don’t confuse these semiprecious stones with the mood rings of your childhood. They certainly can’t predict how you’re feeling (spoiler alert: neither could the baubles of your youth), but may be able to promote overall wellbeing. If you believe in the healing power of crystals (moonstone is a symbol of fertility and sensuality and can help promote intuition, according to Energy Muse), keeping this cleansing stone close can be great for your energy.
Whether you’re choosing a moonstone engagement ring because you want an alternative to a diamond, because of budget(you can find these rings at a variety of different price points), for their unique look, or because of their meaning, you’re making a great choice. Here, some of our favorite moonstone engagement rings to consider now.
Luna Skye by Samantha Conn
Davie and Chiyo
Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery
This article originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.