More and more jewelry buyers are looking for diamond alternatives.
Whether it’s a decision based on price, ethics, or environmental concerns, a different stone instead of a mined diamond can make a difference for you and the world we live in.
But which stones are best? Today, we’ll look at eight popular gemstones that are clear and most closely resemble diamonds.
Below you’ll see some diamond alternative jewelry we sell here at Blush and Bar. Check it out, or keep scrolling for the rest of the article!
Cara Zirconia Ring
Swarovski Stud Earrings
Sarah Snowflake Dainty Ring
1. Lab-grown diamond
The first choice for anyone looking for mined diamond alternatives is a lab-grown diamond. A lab diamond, also called a synthetic diamond, is made entirely of carbon and is thus chemically identical to the real thing.
(That’s why lab-grown diamonds are considered fine jewelry and are gaining popularity in high fashion.)
The difference is that a natural diamond is created in an unsustainable process over a billion years, whereas a lab diamond is much more environmentally friendly.
2. Cubic zirconia
Cubic zirconia, or CZ for short, is perhaps the most communion diamond simulant. While CZ is generated in a lab, it’s different than a lab-created diamond because it contains no carbon.
Instead, CZ is manufactured from lab-created zirconium dioxide (different than the naturally-occurring mineral zircon). The mineral is durable like a real diamond and has many of the same reflective properties but costs a fraction of the price—as little as a few dollars for a small stone.
Cubic zirconia is one of our most popular diamond alternatives here at Blush and Bar. Check out some of our bestselling rings below.
If you want an engagement ring without diamonds but with precious gemstones, white sapphire might be the perfect choice for you.
Like diamond, sapphire is one of the four precious gemstones along with ruby and emerald. But while blue sapphire is most common, you can also find a clear version of this gorgeous gemstone, known as white sapphire.
Sapphire is 9/10 on the Mohs hardness scale, right below diamond, and is a precious stone that costs one-third to one-half that of a diamond but will also retain its value.
Colorless moissanite has become one of the most popular alternatives to diamond engagement rings on Instagram recently, with jewelers and influencers alike promoting this attractive stone.
While the gem occurs naturally in meteors, virtually all moissanite gems you can find are created in a lab like cubic zirconia.
Moissanite stands apart for its reflectivity, often called “fire.” It’s the most brilliant stone known to humans—even more so than diamond!—and if you compare it to a diamond side-by-side, you’ll see that a moissanite stone is brighter and more sparkly.
Morganite is a beautiful semiprecious gemstone, but it’s usually not considered a diamond alternative because of its pink-orange color.
However, you can find nearly white morganite, and it’s the perfect choice for a beautiful gemstone engagement ring. Morganite is a popular diamond replacement in rings made from rose gold since the stone and metal complement each other’s pink hues.
6. White topaz
If you want a naturally occurring diamond substitute, white topaz is the most affordable choice. Like mined diamonds, white sapphire, and morganite, topaz is a natural stone created deep inside the earth.
Topaz comes in different colors and will have a sparkle closer to grey than the bright white of a traditional diamond—but the price can’t be beaten. If you’re looking for a larger carat weight at an affordable price, white topaz is the way to go.
You might not think of glass as a diamond alternative, but it can look beautiful in an attractive ring or necklace. Of course, glass is one of the most fragile options on this list, but it can still be a stunning choice for a non-diamond engagement ring.
It’s also a very affordable option and can be a good choice for a replacement diamond ring when traveling or at the pool.
Last but not least, Swarovski crystals can be a perfect diamond replacement stone. Despite the name, Swarovski crystals aren’t made from crystalline minerals at all. Instead, they’re made from glass mixed with reflective elements to give it a bright color.
This manufactured gem has such a bright sparkle it’s been used as a diamond alternative for years. Marilyn Monroe’s glittering jewelry while singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” was made of Swarovski crystal!
Which diamond alternatives are best for you?
If you’re looking for the sparkle and beauty of a diamond engagement ring without the price or environmental impacts of a natural diamond, these diamond alternatives might be the perfect fit!
From artificial diamonds to genuine precious stones to even more affordable options, there’s a diamond alternative that’s perfect for your needs and budget.