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Diamonds shine bright on their own, but they take on a whole new sparkle—and personality—when coupled up with colored gems. Celebrities like Eva Longoria and Olivia Wilde sport colorful bling, which obviously means you can, too! From rich rubies to stunning sapphires and mesmerizing alexandrites, these engagement rings and wedding bands will inspire you to follow the rainbow.
Blue and Green Engagement Rings
Kate Middleton's heirloom ring revived sapphire mania in 2010—and with good reason: The stone is scratch-resistant and versatile, and can provide a lot of bling for your buck. A more affordable gem is tanzanite, which is only found in Tanzania. While both gems come in violet, semiprecious amethyst and the mineral spinel are also budget-friendly purple picks.
An emerald center stone is an unexpected yet eye-catching option but are prone to small cracks due to their relatively brittle nature, so you'll want to choose a secure setting, such as a bezel, and avoid wearing your ring to the gym if it's likely to get knocked around. Among the sturdier alternatives: spinel, which is available in many colors, and tsavorite, a hard-to-find type of garnet that owes its vibrant hue to the way it refracts light.
The Details: Clockwise from top left: Harry Winston cushion-cut sapphire ring with tapered diamond baguettes, price upon request, HarryWinston.com; De Beers "Aura" fancy-intense green diamond and pavé ring, price upon request, DeBeers.com; Leon Megé aquamarine ring, $11,950, LeonMege.com; Omi Privé emerald and diamond ring, price upon request, OmiPrive.com; Gabriella Kiss emerald ring with scalloped bezel setting, $6,000, AugustLA.com; Jacquie Aiche antique blue diamond band, $840, IntermixOnline.com; Tiffany & Co. diamond and tsavorite ring, price upon request, Tiffany.com; Graziela Gems emerald baguette ring, $1,620, GrazielaGems.com; Kirk Kara "Charlotte" band with amethyst baguettes, $2,920, KirkKara.com; Tacori "Dantela" diamond and sapphire ring, $5,810, Tacori.com; Blue Nile "Gala" diamond and sapphire band, $2,700, BlueNile.com; Verdura "Lace" tanzanite and diamond ring, price upon request, Verdura.com; ArtCarved Bridal diamond and sapphire band, $1,200, ArtCarvedBridal.com; Featherstone Fine Jewelry purple spinel with pear-shaped diamonds, price upon request, FeatherstoneDesign.com.
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Tanzanite Engagement Ring
Beladora tanzanite and diamond ring in 14K with a row of baguette diamonds down the shank, $6,250, Beladora.com.
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Emerald and Micropavé Diamond Engagement Ring
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Sky Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Featherstone Design sky blue emerald cut sapphire 7.33 carats ring in platinum and diamond, 0.80 carats, $38,000, FeatherStoneDesign.com
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Art Deco Emerald Engagement Ring
Fred Leighton Art Deco Old Mine diamond and emerald ring, price upon request, 212.288.1872.
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Aquamarine Engagement Ring
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Emerald Solitaire Engagement Ring
Harry Winston octagon emerald solitaire ring with tapered baguettes set in platinum, price upon request, HarryWinston.com.
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Teal Sapphire Engagement Ring
McTeigue & McClelland teal sapphire & diamond Flora Embrace Ring in 18 karat bloomed yellow gold and platinum, price upon request, Mc2Jewels.com.
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Sapphire, Tsavorite, and Diamond Engagement Ring
Omi Gems bluish violet sapphire, tsavorite, and diamond ring in 18k yellow gold, price upon request, OmiGems.com.
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Dark Sapphire Engagement Band
Sidney Garber sapphire flexible ring 18k white gold with black rhodium finish and sapphires, $10,800, SidneyGarber.com.
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Diamond and Tsavorites Engagement Ring
Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger® Sixteen Stone ring with diamonds and tsavorites, $7,500, Tiffany.com.
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Red, Pink, and Yellow Engagement Rings
Add warmth to a cool diamond with red, pink, or yellow stones. A few guidelines to go by: Regal rubies are durable yet often pricey since high-quality specimens are rare. Pretty pink tourmalines are less expensive but typically have more visible flaws. And if you love yellow, look for diamonds or sapphires in the hue—both are strong enough for daily wear.
The Details (clockwise from top): Coast ruby and diamond band, price upon request, CoastDiamond.com; Croghan's Jewel Box ruby and diamond band, $3,700, CroghansJewelbox.com; Uneek Fine Jewelry "Natural Collection" pink diamond ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; Stephen Russell diamond and ruby ring, price upon request, StephenRussell.com; Anna Sheffield "Theda" pink tourmaline ring, $5,000, AnnaSheffield.com; McTeigue & McClelland "Flora Buttercup" ring with maroon sapphire, price upon request, Mc2Jewels.com; Mark Patterson diamond ring with fancy-intense yellow diamond band, $4,800 for setting only, MarkPatterson.com; Gemlok yellow diamond band, price upon request, Gemlok.com; David Yurman "DY Capri" yellow sapphire and diamond ring, price upon request, DavidYurman.com; Suzanne Kalan gold diamond-slice ring with diamond baguettes, $3,600, SuzanneKalan.com; Graff cushion-cut, fancy-vivid yellow diamond ring with white diamond shoulders, price upon request, GraffDiamonds.com; Harry Kotlar "Arabesque Collection" three-row band with intense yellow diamond center, $8,330, HarryKotlar.com; Forevermark by H.J. Namdar "The Center of My Universe" radiant-cut yellow diamond ring with round brilliant diamonds, Forevermark.com.
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Ruby Engagement Ring
Cathy Waterman ruby three leaf side ring, $3,900, Ylang23.com.
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Spessarite and Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
Coast Diamond oval 3.85CT Spessartite Garnet Ring accentuated with diamonds on the halo and the shank, $6,500, CoastDiamond.com.
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Yellow and White Pear Cut Diamonds Engagement Ring
Doyle & Doyle Edwardian Double Pear Diamond Ring, c. 1915, featuring two pear cut diamonds in a vertical design, with an additional eighteen Old European cut diamonds in platinum, $24,500, DoyleDoyle.com.
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Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring
Forevermark fancy yellow radiant diamond with baguettes set in platinum and yellow gold, price upon request, Forevermark.com.
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Pink Diamond Engagement Band
Harry Kotlar Arabesque, white gold and diamonds are broken up with a row of fancy pink diamonds in platinum & 18 Karat rose gold, $11,570, HarryKotlar.com.
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Pink Sapphire Engagement Band
Kirk Kara Charlotte collection, 1/20 ctw of diamonds and 3/4 ctw of pink sapphires, scroll hand engravings and milgrain edging in platinum, $3,260, KirkKara.com.
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Yellow and White Diamond Engagement Ring
Norman Silverman Diamonds Bypass Ring 3.78 carat fancy intense yellow diamond and 3.01 carat white pear shape diamond with pavé diamonds in platinum and 18-karat yellow gold, price upon request, NormanSilverman.com.
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Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring
Oscar Heyman 2.29 ctw cushion cut pink sapphire surrounded by 0.81 ctw of baguette & trapezoid diamonds set in platinum, $24,000, OscarHeyman.com.
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Rose Gold Trinity de Cartier Ring
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White and Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring
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White Topaz and Rubellite Engagement Ring
Verdura white topaz and rubellite "Three Stone" ring in gold, $15,500, Verdura.com.
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Black, Brown, and White Engagement Rings
Ancient Romans were on to something back in 200 B.C. when they adorned rings with brown diamonds, the most commonly found (and well-priced) variety in the fancy family. Pearls and opals are also timeless, but they require extra care and attention because of their softer surfaces. Grays, browns, and black are as chic in jewelry as they are in clothing. There's the ever-popular black diamond, but that's not your only option. The mineral onyx is abundant and affordable, but not as strong, making it an ideal accent to a white stone.
The Details (clockwise from top right): Greenwich Jewelers "Ceremony Collection" black diamond ring, $5,970, GreenwichJewelers.com; Henri Daussi black diamond ring, $1,800, HenriDaussi.com; Gemlok black diamond band, price upon request, Gemlok.com; Melissa Joy Manning gray diamond-slice ring with red inclusions, $3,325, 929-265-6000; Todd Reed "Autumn" band with brilliant brown, orange, red, and yellow diamonds, $2,475, ToddReed.com; Fred Leighton diamond and onyx ring, price upon request, 212-288-1872; Oscar Heyman alexandrite and diamond ring, price upon request, OscarHeyman.com. Trinity de Cartier pearl and diamond ring, $5,400, Cartier.us; Le Vian Couture Neopolitan opal ring, $5,797, 877-253-8426; Gleem & Co. baroque pearl and diamond ring, $6,450, Gleem.co; Doyle & Doyle antique fancy yellowish-brown diamond cluster ring, price upon request, DoyleDoyle.com; Arik Kastan moonstones in yellow gold, $730 and gray diamonds in rose gold, $1,420, Shop.ArikKastan.com; Le Vian Couture brown diamond ring with diamond shoulders, price upon request, 877-253-8426.
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3 Stone Opal Engagement Ring
Arik Kastan signature 3 stone 14K ring with opals, $1,584, Shop.ArikKastan.com.
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White Gold and Black Diamond Engagement Ring
Eva Fehren The Hero 18K blackened white gold with 1.82-carat portrait cut black diamond with white diamond pavé, $10,530, EvaFehren.com.
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Rose Gold and Black Diamond Engagement Band
Beverley K 18k rose gold black diamond eternity band, price upon request, GreenwichstJewelers.com.
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Smokey Topaz Engagement Ring
Jacquie Aiche smokey topaz triangle pyramid stack ring, $2,125, JacquieAiche.com.
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Chocolate Diamond Engagement Ring
Le Vian Chocolatier® 14k Strawberry Gold® ring with 1.2 tcw Peach Morganite™ and 0.51 tcw Chocolate Diamonds® and Vanilla Diamonds®, $999, Macys.com/LeVian.
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Yellowish Brown Diamond Engagement Ring
Martin Katz 8.88ct cushion shape fancy dark yellowish-brown diamond ring set in 18kt white gold accented with two half-moon diamonds, microset with 270 white diamonds and 38 brown diamonds, price upon request, MartinKatz.com.
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Gray Diamond Engagement Ring
Melissa Joy Manning gray rose-cut diamond ring in 18 karat gold, 1.78-karat rose-cut diamond, 1mm flush set white diamonds, $6,475, MelissaJoyManning.com.
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Brown Diamond Engagement Ring
Stephen Russell cushion-cut natural brown diamond and 18-carat rose gold ring, price upon request, StephenRussell.com.
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Opal With Diamond Pavé Engagement Ring
Suzanne Felsen 18k yellow gold ring with approx. 2.34-carat opal with diamond pavé approx. .32 ctw, $4,500, SuzanneFelsen.com.