Emeralds are a popular gemstone for engagement rings amongst those who want something less traditional, and that stands out from the crowd. Emeralds measure between 7.5 and 8 on the Mohs hardness scale. With 7.5 the minimum that is generally recommended for engagement rings, they're gemstones that are tough enough to cope with everyday wear. They can, however, have numerous inclusions which can affect their strength, so be sure to choose a stone without surface inclusions to prolong the life of your ring.
Celebrities such as Halle Berry wear emerald engagement rings, which has increased their popularity. The stones come in a variety of colours, and they suit all number of cuts, from emerald to oval to pear. What's more, emeralds look fantastic in settings of various metals, including yellow gold, white gold and platinum.
Emerald engagement rings can be found in both traditional and more contemporary designs - whatever your personal taste and style, you'll find a setting that's right for you.