It may be hard to believe, but classic white diamonds aren’t for everyone. Take the growing popularity in “rustic” or brown, champagne and black diamonds as alternative engagement rings.

An even more interesting alternative to the traditional white diamond April birthstone is the Herkimer diamond, which, of course, isn’t a diamond at all, but a double-terminated quartz crystal mined in New York state.

Pippa Small makes Herkimer diamonds feel absolutely luxurious.

This “Herkimer Tibetan Ring” puts a spotlight on the crystal’s fascinating inclusions, displaying a whopping 36-carat stone in a simple 22-karat yellow gold setting.

Selling for $7,950 at Small’s store in Santa Monica, California’s Brentwood Country Mart, or through, it’s the perfect alternative for those born in April who are looking for something a little different than the typical white diamond.

20190405 POTW PippaSmall 2A profile view of the whopping 36-carat Herkimer diamond ring

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