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What Are the Best (and Cheaper) Alternatives to Diamond Engagement Rings?

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It doesn’t matter if you want a unique look or are tight on cash, you should definitely consider the various alternative styles of engagement rings that are available. Many of these stones are just as beautiful, if not better than traditional diamonds. Alternative stones can be a great way for you to express yourself and make a unique style that is uniquely yours.

  • Moissanite

In recent years, Moissanite is gaining popularity for a very good reason. These stones are not only difficult to tell apart from diamonds but also much less expensive and last a long time. They are, in fact, the second strongest available stone on the market… after diamonds.

Moissanite engagement rings also have the advantage of being more ethical. It is important to remember that even ethically-sourced diamonds must still be mined. This is dangerous work and often takes place in countries where workers are not paid fair wages. This is not to mention the fact that mining can be very harmful to the environment and result in the release of many greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

  • Aquamarine

This beautiful, light blue stone adds a unique touch to an engagement ring. It is part the same family of emeralds as Moissanite and diamonds so it isn’t as hard. The stone can be polished if scratched, and as long as it is not placed in a rock tumbler with a diamond, it should last several years before you consider polishing it.

Although many Aquamarine stones can be treated, it is worth spending more to get a quality natural Aquamarine stone. They are truly stunning in their luster and shine.

  • Emeralds

There’s a reason why the Emerald City was built from Emeralds. These rare, elegant green stones radiate elegance and class. A good Emerald’s deep green color will make your ring stand out from all others. They are often less expensive than diamonds. They are, however, about 7.5 on Mohs hardness scale like Aquamarine. This means you need to be more cautious with them. They can be polished back to their original glory even if they get scratched.

  • Morganite

This stone is usually pink in color and is increasing in popularity because of its feminine appeal. It will look great if you wear something that highlights the pink color. However, if you’re wearing something neutral, it will just add a pop of color.

  • Sapphire

Sapphires have been used in engagement rings for a long time, even before the 20th century. Although most people think of sapphires as being deep blue, they can be found in many other colors, such as yellow, pink, or even white, depending on the other elements in the stone.

A sapphire’s unique advantage is their Mohs hardness of 9. They are one of the strongest alternatives to diamonds and were therefore widely used in the past.

Although they aren’t necessarily cheap, a carat of high-quality sapphire can cost as much as $3,000 They are much less expensive than diamonds of similar quality and have many of the same characteristics as diamonds. They can be cut in different ways to emphasize the best aspects of each piece.

There will be an alternative stone to suit your style. You can have a stunning ring at a fraction of what it costs if you are willing to be creative.

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