While fine jewelry purists might shy away from diamond alternatives, it’s one of the easiest ways to save money on your next ring purchase.
Want to know more about these diamond alternatives for affordable fashion or an engagement ring? We’ll break down some of the most common facts about fake diamonds to guide you for your next purchase. Read on.
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Sarah Snowflake Dainty Ring
How to choose a fake diamond ring
Fake diamonds provide a beautiful and cheap alternative to mined diamonds.
You should take note, though, that different faux diamonds have downsides. While they can imitate the luster and properties of diamonds, they are usually weaker than real diamonds.
Different kinds of diamond replacements have other properties that get them closer to the real deal.
A simulated diamond ring is much cheaper than the real deal, but it can stand beside fine jewelry in terms of beauty.
One tip in wearing an imitation is that you want to avoid large gems. With a gem too large, it makes it easier for people to notice your stone’s authenticity.
Another secret is to choose a setting that matches the elegance of a natural diamond. Nobody will think you’re wearing a real diamond ring if it’s made of cheap fashion jewelry metal like copper or stainless steel.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most popular types of fake diamonds on the market.
Diamond imitations have become popular due to the rarity and expensiveness of natural diamonds. Synthetic stones like cubic zirconia, moissanite, crystal, and glass can give the same sparkle as an authentic diamond.
But what’s the biggest difference between these diamond substitutes?
However, CZ is not as hard or durable as a natural diamond (8.0–8.5 on the Mohs scale compared to 10 on the Mohs scale for the latter).
Moissanite or silicon carbide is a rare mineral when found in nature, so it’s primarily created in the lab.
Its colorlessness and hardness (9.5 on the Mohs scale) make it one of the best substitutes for diamonds. It exhibits a more colorful sparkle than a diamond when exposed to light.
It’s challenging for the untrained eye to tell apart moissanite and diamond, but a professional jeweler can distinguish the two.
Glass is a cheap and abundant diamond simulant. However, its shine is significantly less reflective than a genuine diamond. It is also brittle and can easily get scratched, chipped, or broken.
White quartz is a naturally occurring gemstone that closely resembles a diamond. Because quartz is so abundant, it’s one of the most affordable natural gemstones you can buy.
Its sparkle and reflectivity look like a diamond at first glance.
Despite the name, crystal—from brands like Swarovski or Waterford—is a type of glass that contains no crystalline structure. But due to a unique manufacturing process, crystal has a bright, reflective appearance like a diamond.
The iconic dress Marilyn Monroe wore while singing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” didn’t have a single diamond on it—it was covered in Swarovski crystals!
Our favorite fake diamond rings
If you’re looking for affordable replacements for diamond rings, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Blush & Bar, we specialize in affordable, stunning jewelry.
Check out some of our bestselling alternative diamond rings below!
The Sarah Snowflake is a unique ring with a bold cluster of cubic zirconia stones in the center. It’s eye-catching and attractive, the perfect combination to draw attention to your best features or your favorite outfit.