While diamonds remain the preferred choice for engagement rings (and for good reason, too, we might add), another stone that has a good hardness rating, plenty of impact and an incredible range of colours is tourmaline. This stone falls between 7 and 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it a durable engagement ring that will last forever. While it is technically classified as a semi-precious stone, tourmaline has become sought-after due to its vast colour range, which often includes two or more colours within the same stone. Certain tourmaline stones, such as the watermelon tourmaline, are especially valued for their unusual properties that make no two stones alike.
Coloured stones are not everyone’s choice and should definitely be considered carefully. If you love colour and you are seeking something original and a little off the beaten path for your engagement ring, tourmaline is sure to add all the sparkle and colour you are seeking.
Get Inspired by These Gorgeous Tourmaline Engagement Rings
If you’re looking for an eye-catching ring that is sure to be unique and dazzling, this gemstone is well worth considering for your ring. Add a bit of colour to your engagement ring with these beautiful tourmaline rings.
A ring set that combines your engagement and wedding ring (or two rings layered over each other) can create a rather lovely double ring. This style uses a half circle, tiny pave stones and an emerald cut tourmaline, resulting in a layered effect that has a touch of Art Deco glamour. A set like this would work with any colour tourmaline and any metal. The warm tones of rose gold work well with the pink tourmaline shown here.
This classic style remains a popular choice for many brides. The bright colour of the aqua tourmaline adds even more impact to the ring, working well with a cool-toned metal such as platinum. Tiny pave diamonds provide extra sparkle, further adding to the beauty of this ring. White gold would also work well with this colour of tourmaline.
Another timeless engagement ring style, three stone rings are rich in symbolism. The stones are said to represent each stage of your life together – your past, present and future. There are many ways to make this ring shine. You could make all three stones the same, choose different tourmaline stones for each setting or add in a diamond to mix things up a bit.
Rose gold acts as the perfect backdrop for a dark green tourmaline that is almost black. The depth of colour in darker toned tourmaline is truly amazing. Although these stones are not known for their clarity, they have a deep, rich level of colour that does not dim or lose any impact. Yellow gold would also work well with this colour.
This stone gets its name from its watermelon-like colour range. The inner part of the stone is a deep pink, spreading out to a delicate pale colour and deepening into a dark shade of green. Dramatic in any type of metal, the addition of tiny halo stones add even more beauty to this unusual ring.
Split band rings are another classic style that will never date. In this ring, a deep green baguette tourmaline is set between two yellow gold bands, with tiny pave diamonds added to each band. This style would work with any colour tourmaline and any metal, with or without the pave stones.
Triple band rings go one step further, adding an additional band for effect. There are many ways to customise this style, from mixing and matching metals to changing the location of the stone, adding in additional stones, changing the size of the stone or changing the position of the stone.
In vibrant aqua, this marquise cut tourmaline is enhanced by tiny pave diamonds and set on a simple platinum band. This style of ring is classic and flattering, and also versatile. Change the colour of the stone, add an extra halo or remove the halo and keep the setting simple or add side stones for emphasis.
Considering a bold ring? Read our tips on choosing a colourful engagement ring to learn more. If you would like help in crafting your dream engagement ring in Cape Town, get in touch with Cape Diamonds today.