A growing number of modern, fashionable brides are forsaking diamond solitaires in favor of engagement rings that feature colored gemstones. For a woman who loves brilliant red stones, garnets are not only vibrant and beautiful, but they are also far more affordable than pricy rubies and diamonds. Just like engagement rings of any gemstone, garnet engagement rings come in many styles, allowing the bride to get the garnet engagement ring of her dreams.
The January birthstone, garnets are best known for their deep red color, but actually garnets come in every color except blue. Garnets rank a 7 or 7.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, where diamonds and rubies, the hardest gemstones, rank 9. As long as you treat your garnet with care, you garnet engagement ring should last throughout your marriage. However, make sure your garnet is top quality, otherwise it may require expensive refaceting that many poorly cut garnets must undergo.
A great place to start your search for the perfect garnet engagement ring is the garnet section of MySolitaire.com. The site allows you to sort by ring price, popularity, cut, and metal. A luxuriously chic choice is Diamond and Garnet Ring 3677. Set in 14 karat white gold and featuring a whopping 3.5 carat garnet, this ring gets all the glam for less than $800.
Jeweler Ross Simons offers a 2.25 cushion-cut garnet ring in 14 karat yellow gold. With a diamond frame and an elegant setting, the ring normally retails for $495.
Kay Jewelers carries a Rhodolite garnet ring crafted by designer Le Vian. This utterly unique and beyond chic design features a raspberry colored oval garnet set in 14 karat strawberry gold and nestled between Chocolate Diamonds. Listed in the catalog as $899.99, this ring is available at select Kay locations.