Whether it is because you want an original look or because you are short on cash, it is certainly worth looking into the many alternative types of engagement ring stones that are now available. The truth is that many of these stones can be just as, if not more, beautiful than the old tried and true diamond. They are also a great way to express yourself and create a unique look that is truly “you.” With new jewelry trends (think fusion jewelry) emerging rapidly, an alternative stone can also be an easy way to be at the forefront of fashion.
Moissanite has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for very good reason. Not only is it very difficult to distinguish these stones from diamonds, but they are also far less expensive, and very durable. Indeed, they are the second strongest stone available on the market… besides diamonds, of course.
The other major advantage of moissanite engagement rings is that it is a far more ethical choice. Even ethically-sourced diamonds still must be mined, and this mining process is dangerous and is often done in countries where the workers are not paid fairly. To add to this, the mining process itself is very destructive for the environment around the mine and results in the release of a lot of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
This light blue stone gives an elegant and unique feel to an engagement ring. It is part of the same family as emeralds, so it is not nearly as hard as a diamond or Moissanite. That said, the stone can be polished if it does get scratched and so long as you do not put a diamond into a rock tumbler with it, you should be fine for several years before polishing it would even be a consideration.
Many Aquamarine stones have been treated, but if you can find a good natural Aquamarine stone, they are well worth the extra money they cost. They have a luster and shine that is truly remarkable.
There is a good reason that the Emerald City was made of Emeralds. These classic rare green stones are just bursting with elegance and class. The deep green hue of a good Emerald is mesmerizing and will undoubtedly set your ring apart from any you are likely to come across. They are also usually less expensive than diamonds. The only drawback is that, like Aquamarine, they are about 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, so you will want to be a little more careful about them. Even if they do get scratched, of course, they can always be polished back to their original glory.
This stone, usually a pink hue in color, is becoming increasingly popular both because it is feminine and because it is versatile due to the light hue of the color. If you are wearing something that enhances the pink color, then it will stand out and look fantastic; however, if you are wearing something more neutral, then it will simply provide a nice pop of color.
Sapphires actually have a long history of being used in engagement rings, especially before the 20th century. While most people immediately think of a deep blue color when they think of sapphires, the truth is that these stones can also come in a variety of colors such as yellow, pink, and even white depending on what other elements are present in the stone.
Another advantage of sapphires especially is that they are a whopping 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. This makes them one of the strongest diamond alternatives out there and is also the reason they were used so extensively in the past.
Sapphires are not necessarily inexpensive, and they can easily run up to $3,000 for a carat of a high-quality stone. That said, they are considerably less expensive than a diamond of the same level of quality, while, at the same time, having many of the same features of a diamond. They are dazzling and quite lustrous compared to other alternative stones and can be cut in different ways to highlight the best aspect of each individual piece.
No matter what your personal style is, there will be a great alternative stone that will allow you to really express your own personality through it. Do not be afraid to think outside of the box and you will find it is possible to have a show-stopping ring for a fraction of the cost of a traditional ring.