Diamond rings are used for engagement rings for a long time. It has become a tradition to propose a relationship with a diamond ring. But everyone cannot afford the humongous price of diamond rings. The price of the diamond is due to its high demand and limited supply. There are many equally good gemstones available in the market. Don’t feel that you are compromising quality when you go for an alternate gemstone. Like diamonds, these gemstones also can offer a magnificent look to your ring.
If you have your mind stuck on diamond rings, but you have a budget cap, then the best option for you is lab-grown diamonds. The only difference between a natural diamond and a lab-grown diamond is their origin. Choosing a lab-grown diamond can save you about 40% compared to a natural diamond of the same quality.
In this article, we are discussing different gemstones that can be used instead of diamonds.
Sapphires are precious gemstones with brilliant blue color. They are hard and durable and measure a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. For a similar carat size, a sapphire cost about one-third of a diamond. Sapphire gemstones are popularly used in engagement rings. The sparkle when compared to diamonds is a little less for sapphires.
Emerald gemstone has a rich green hue, and it is a precious and magnificent green stone, perfect for your engagement ring. Emeralds Mohs scale readings range between 7.5 and 8 hence it can evade wear and tear for a long time.
Ruby is one of the most used alternate gemstones for engagement rings. They have a blood-red color and a well-cut ruby looks fabulous on a suitable ring. Ruby is also durable as it measures a 9 on the Mohs scale. Like a diamond, ‘Four Cs’ is important for rubies. So select a good quality ruby by reading its quality parameters.
The hardness of moissanite is almost similar to a diamond. The hardness of moissanite is 9.5 on the Mohs scale whereas for a diamond it is 10. Most of the moissanite stones are clear just like a diamond and it has more brilliance and fire than a diamond. The major difference is that a rainbow effect is seen on moissanite stones whereas a diamond reflects white light. The cost of moissanite is also affordable when compared to similar quality diamonds.