Many couples nowadays prefer to purchase engagement rings with diamond alternatives because of the inflated cost of diamonds and issues surrounding their mining practices. Alternatives to diamonds are still beautiful and can even stand out against their genuine cousins. Take, for example, some celebrities who have received stunning engagement rings with alternative stones such as Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood, to name a few.
If you would like to take the same route and use other stones for your engagement or wedding ring, here are some of the most commonly used alternatives to diamonds:
Simulated diamond rings are like real diamonds. They only differ in optical, physical, and chemical properties. They are labeled as “simulated” because they emulate the real thing. According to gemologists, any gem can be imitated by using materials grown in laboratories or natural materials that are similar to other gemstones. Simulated stones are the result of this kind of imitation process.
Simulated diamonds are more affordable than genuine diamonds; that’s why many prefer to use them. Others meanwhile, use simulated diamonds, so their real diamond rings are safe.
These often come in fiery red colors, but they can also be purple, green, yellow, orange, brown, and white. They have many variants, and their green demantoid kind is the rarest and most expensive of them all. Some demantoids are even more brilliant than diamonds. Other types of garnets are tsavorite, mandarin garnets, Malaya, and rhodolite.
Garnet is not a single mineral like other gems but a combination of closely related gems. It is graded 6.5 to 7.5 in the Mohs Scale of Hardness or a gem’s scratch resistance. Garnets bring good health, energy, and passion to any marriage.
This is a semi-precious gemstone that’s slightly harder than garnets with a hardness of 7.5 to 8. It is famous for its pale blue, bright color, but other varieties come in greenish-blue color. It resembles the color of shallow seawater; that’s why it was named as such.
Aquamarine belongs to the Beryl family, a mineral. It is the birthstone of people born in March and is said to bring luck. For couples about to be married, aquamarine is believed to bring happiness.
Sunstones are a form of feldspar minerals. The copper content of the stone gives it a distinct and lively glitter that experts refer to as aventurescence. If you want a rock in your ring that boasts of natural sun red color, a sunstone is excellent for you.
Sunstones are softer than the last gems mentioned earlier with 6 to 7 hardness. They are believed to bring confidence and sensuality.
Just like garnet, tourmalines are available in a wide variety of colors. They also have many variants. Some of the most popular types are blue indicolite tourmalines, red rubellite tourmalines, green verdelite tourmalines, Brazilian-sourced Paraíba tourmalines, and rare chrome tourmalines.
Tourmalines, with a hardness of 7, have surfaces that appear glass-like when light hits them. Others meanwhile, change color depending on the light source. Tourmalines bring positivity to married couples.
You can select other alternatives. There are hundreds to choose from. When selecting the right stone for your engagement ring, consider its optical performance, durability, clarity, and hardness. Don’t rely on aesthetics only.