While diamonds are still the most popular gemstone used in engagement rings, other gemstones and diamond alternatives are becoming increasingly popular.
In vivid colours and stunning cuts, coloured gemstones offer something unique to a traditional engagement ring for the modern couple. Gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies have been prized for years and can make for a stunning diamond alternative engagement ring.
If however you are after the look of a diamond but are put off by factors such as price, gemstones like moissanite and white sapphire are excellent alternatives that feature their own unique properties.
There are no rules when it comes to selecting a gemstone for your engagement ring. What matters is that you and your partner love it and that it can be treasured for a lifetime together! Learn about some of our favourite diamond alternative engagement rings below.
Diamond is undoubtedly one of the hardest substances on earth. However, moissanite is nearly as hard and dense, scoring a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale compared to 10 for diamond. Not only that, but this beautiful stone has greater brilliance. It was discovered in the 1800s and is now produced in a lab (due to its extreme rarity in nature) at a much lower cost than diamonds.
You’d be pleasantly surprised to know that a comparable moissanite ring to a diamond ring in terms of grade quality and size specifications etc, is up to 10 x less the cost while not a lot of difference in brilliance, durability and prestige. The price difference has quite a huge gap thanks mostly, to very good marketing in the diamond industry dating back many years; however, it is almost impossible to distinguish a moissanite ring from a diamond ring.
So, it is safe to say moissanite is an eco-friendly as well as a budget-friendly excellent alternative to a diamond engagement ring.
To learn more about moissanite and how it compares to diamond including a video comparison check out the blog article: “Moissanite – What is Moissanite and how does it compare to Diamond?”
Interestingly, some gemstones are actually rarer than diamonds and yet still inexpensive comparatively. This includes morganite, emerald, and sapphire. Even if you buy a dazzling sapphire ring, it won’t cost more than a diamond ring despite being rare. Therefore, here are some coloured gemstone rings that are a superb alternative to a diamond engagement ring.
The durability and green hue of emerald makes it a great alternative to a diamond ring. Apart from that, an emerald engagement ring represents elegance in a contemporary style. It rates a 7.5-8 on the Mohs Scale which refers to durability out of 10 (diamond being a 10). It is mostly loved in an oval cut as displayed below.
Morganite is a lovely mineral that also ranks 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale. It is pink in colour and available in varying shades and comes with a dazzling sparkle which perfectly enhances any gold band and makes it a great diamond alternative.
Sapphire is more durable than emerald and morganite scoring a 9 on the Mohs Scale, which makes it the best fit for diamond alternative engagement ring if desiring a coloured gemstone ring, considering an engagement ring needs to stand the test of time.This precious gemstone was also the choice for an engagement ring stone for ancient Romans. Sapphires can be custom cut into any shape and come in different colours of the rainbow.
From princes to pirates, rubies have been valuable stones that symbolize power and passion. Due to their hardness, rubies last for a lifetime. They also score a 9 on the Mohs Scale. If you aren’t choosing a diamond ring, these will make a super smart and elegant engagement ring for your special day.
Are you still wondering what the best diamond alternative is to get for your engagement ring? We have you covered!
Since we know there is nothing more special than getting engaged to the love of your life, we have come up with the best alternatives to a diamond engagement ring for those wanting a ring that is still a very good option or just something different to the traditional diamond engagement ring.
Not only do these options make a great alternative to diamonds, they are also easy on the budget. If you are looking for the perfect ring to impress your significant other, you can tick it off the list with Forever Chic Jewellery! Contact us today for help with your engagement ring needs.