Top 10 Alternatives to Traditional Diamonds

top 10 alternatives to diamonds

When it comes to choosing an alternative to traditional diamonds, there are plenty of options to suit every style and budget. Whether you opt for a moissanite, a lab-created gemstone, a coloured gemstone, or a classic pearl, you can find a stunning alternative that will make a statement.

Top 10 alternatives to traditional diamonds: 

1. Moissanite

Moissanite is a popular alternative to traditional diamonds due to its brilliance and affordability. It is a lab-created gemstone that closely resembles a diamond in appearance. With a hardness rating of 9.25 on the Mohs scale, it is highly durable and resistant to scratches. Moissanite is becoming increasingly popular as the number one diamond alternative for engagement rings and other diamond look jewellery.

lab diamond vs moissanite photo credit Lauren B Jewelry

Left: Diamond | Right: Moissanite (Photo credit: Lauren B Jewelry)

 

2. White Sapphire

White sapphire is another excellent alternative to traditional diamonds. It is a natural gemstone that offers a similar sparkle and brilliance. While it may not be as hard as a diamond, with a rating of 9 on the Mohs scale, it is still a durable option for engagement rings and other jewellery.

white sapphire and moissanite

 

3. Moissanite Coated with Diamond

For those who want the best of both worlds, moissanite coated with a thin layer of diamond is a great choice. This combination offers the brilliance and fire of a diamond with the affordability of moissanite. It is a stunning alternative that is sure to turn heads although can be harder to find.

 

4. Cubic Zirconia

Cubic zirconia is a widely available and affordable alternative to traditional diamonds. While it may not have the same durability as a diamond, it offers a similar sparkle and brilliance. It is a popular choice for fast fashion jewellery and can be a budget-friendly option for those on a tight budget.moissanite and zircon ring Holloway Jewellery

5. Lab-Grown Diamonds

Lab-grown diamonds are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional diamonds. These diamonds are created in a laboratory using advanced technology that replicates the natural diamond-growing process. They have the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds, making them a sustainable and ethical choice. Lab-diamonds are slightly more affordable than traditional diamonds but expensive in comparison to moissanites.

 

6. Coloured Gemstones

If you're looking for a unique alternative to traditional diamonds, coloured gemstones can be a great option. Gemstones like coloured moissanites, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds offer a wide range of colours and can add a pop of colour to any piece of jewellery. They are also often more affordable than diamonds.

coloured moissanite green moissanite ring

 

7. Pearl

Pearls are a classic and timeless alternative to traditional diamonds. They have been prized for their beauty for centuries and can add an elegant touch to any jewellery piece. Whether in the form of a necklace, earrings, or a ring, pearls are a sophisticated choice. As well as traditional white pearls, black pearls are becoming an increasingly popular choice.

 

8. Morganite

Morganite is a beautiful pink gemstone that has gained popularity as an alternative to traditional diamonds. Its soft and feminine hue makes it a romantic choice for engagement rings. With a hardness rating of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, it is suitable for everyday wear.

 

9. Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a rare and stunning gemstone that can be a unique alternative to traditional diamonds. It is known for its vibrant blue-violet colour and is often used in high-end jewellery. With a hardness rating of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, it requires some extra care to prevent scratches.

 

10. Synthetic Spinel

Synthetic spinel is a synthetic gemstone that can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional diamonds. It comes in a variety of colours and offers a good level of brilliance. While it may not have the same durability as a diamond, it can still be a beautiful choice for jewellery.

 

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