Diamonds and Gemstone Options for your Engagement Ring

There are many gemstones to choose from when buying your jewelry piece. They each have unique properties and add a distinctive touch to your ring, so learning about them may help you choose the best one for you. 

In this article, we want to simplify that process so you can choose the right one for you. Discussed below are the vital aspects of each of the most loved gemstones.


 Earth-Mined Diamonds
Formed in the earth’s crust through high pressure and temperature; a beauty so rare.


Lab-Grown Diamonds
The same properties as their earth mined counterparts at a more affordable price; an exemplar of modern innovation 

Brilyo Moissanites
Stellar value and durability made to mimic the beauty of diamonds at a fraction of the price


Colored Gemstones
Symbolic and bold, for colorful stories and unique expressions of love.


Earth-mined Diamonds

Earth-mined diamonds, also known as natural diamonds, are found in the earth’s crust. This is the traditional method of obtaining diamonds, which naturally occur in high pressure and high temperatures deep in the earth. 

These diamonds are popular because they are rare. Since they are found in the earth’s crust, there is a lower chance of finding the same quality gemstone again.



Our earth mined diamonds are certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The GIA is the leading laboratory that grades diamonds based on the 4Cs. With a GIA report, you can be sure that the diamond you are purchasing is the exact quality it claims to be.

Our natural diamonds are also fairly sourced to lessen the environmental impacts of earth mining. This also helps protect diamond trade workers from any harm mining may cause. 

We carefully curate our diamonds from some of the most notable suppliers around the world; the likes of Antwerp, Israel, and more.

Lab-grown Diamonds

 In recent years, lab-grown diamonds have grown in popularity. They are chemically, optically, and physically the same as earth-mined diamonds, only differing in price and origin. They are also the hardest naturally occurring substance in the world, solidifying the popular quote, “Diamonds are forever.” 

Lab grown diamonds are also graded by laboratories like the GIA and the International Gemological Institute (IGI), indicating their strong reputation in the jewelry world. Most lab grown diamonds in the market are certified by the IGI, but like the GIA, they also certify earth mined diamonds.



A common misconception is that lab-grown diamonds are not “real” diamonds. However, they are actually grown from the seed of an existing diamond through expert technology. Not even gemologists and trained professionals can tell the difference without a certificate, or expert tools. This makes them 100% real diamonds.

Our lab-grown diamonds are sourced all over the world, from London to New York.




Brilyo Moissanites

A more financially savvy yet popular choice are moissanites. They are known for their value and durability, being the second hardest gemstone in the world at a fraction of the price of diamonds. Many couples and jewelry aficionados use them for engagement rings, replication pieces, and more.

However, moissanites are known to have a “rainbow sparkle” which may make them distinguishable from diamonds to the trained eye. Some may find this undesirable, so we often recommend moissanites that lessen this.



Brilyo Moissanites for example, were cut to reduce the rainbow sheen so they sparkle like a diamond. For most people, they become close to impossible to tell apart. 


Colored Gemstones

More and more, couples are choosing colored gemstones in engagement rings for unique, one-of-a-kind looks. 

One reason they are so compelling is because of what they symbolize. Gems are often associated with a birth month, referred to as “birthstones.” Each birthstone has meaning depending on the stone.


Disclaimer: These stones do not represent the actual product.
Actual color may vary depending on availability.

For example, sapphires are known to symbolize purity, loyalty, and trust. They are a great way to tell your partner what they mean to you, what values you want to uphold, and more.



 They are usually used to symbolize the birth month of you or your partner. They can also represent a special moment in your relationship, like your wedding or the day you met.



If you want to add a gemstone but not at the center, you can also opt for an “inlay” in the band of your ring.

Colored gemstones can also be used in family jewelry, where each gem corresponds to one family member.


Brilyo offers an array of colored gemstones like emeralds, rubies, tourmaline, and more. Our suppliers are found all over the world, from Luxembourg to Belgium. For couples with colorful love stories and families looking for a way to bring their loved ones everywhere they go. 




In Summary

Diamonds and gemstones each have their own unique touch, and the best part is, it is entirely up to you to choose the best one for you! They are all great in their own way, and can definitely last a lifetime with proper care.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us here. In an effort to provide the best-quality gemstones, comes the quality experience of collaborating with our Jewelry Experts. 

We would be more than delighted to help you find the best gemstones for you. Contact us to get started.