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Are you looking for the best diamond replacement gemstone ( or an alternative for a "diamond" engagement ring) for your engagement or special occasion ring that still gives the look and feel of real diamonds for years to come?
Traditionally, diamonds were a go-to choice for couples looking for an engagement ring. Diamond engagement rings have a premium, luxurious feel to them,
due to the brilliance, sparkle, and rarity of the diamond gems adorning the ring.
However, of late, an increasing number of couples started searching for the best diamond replacement gemstones for their special lifetime ring. In other words couples are seeking out other options or alternatives to diamonds for an engagement ring.
The millennial couples have clear-cut priorities when it comes to selecting their forever engagement ring— they want to ensure their centre gem is conflict-free,
ethically sourced, durable, beautiful and importantly, fits their budget. Couples are tending to be particularly conscious of allocating more budget to their future
life together than spending it all in an enormously expensive diamond ring. As a matter of fact, many couples are breaking the norms and opting for premium
diamond replacement gemstones for their engagement ring, such as
(Below: showing Forever LUXE Moissanite™, the perfect diamond alternative, real gemstone for the modern day couple and brides to-be)
Selecting from the myriad of luxurious diamond replacement gemstone options can be tricky unless you know what value they bring to the table – or rather to
the engagement ring.
There are several options to choose from; however, in this guide, we will primarily focus on three of the most popular diamond replacement gemstones such as
Moissanite, white sapphire, and white topaz.
Let’s dive in...
Increasingly, most would agree that the best diamond replacement / alternative, gemstone is Moissanite making it one of the most sought-after gemstones among millennial
couples for their engagement ring option.
Moissanite has an interesting history that dates back to 1893. It is a unique gemstone that is in fact rarer than diamonds in its natural form. As such all Moissanite is lab-created in advanced high-tech laboratories, making it identical to earth formed Moissanite, in terms of chemical properties and composition.
What makes Moissanite a leading gemstone in the engagement ring market is its brilliance, sparkle, durability, and, of course, affordability.
In fact, with a higher refractive index (2.65-2.69) than diamond, which refers to its brilliance, Moissanite has more sparkle than even a diamond. Likewise, with a 9.25-9.50 score on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, (ie. how hard and durable it is), this popular diamond replacement gemstone is also very close in terms of durability to a diamond, which makes it ideal for everyday wear for the long term. In terms of affordability, Moissanite engagement rings cost much less than a comparable diamond ring.
If you are considering a Moissanite gemstone ring, you may like to know that most Moissanite gems tend to have “rainbow” like flashes in their sparkle, more so in larger gem sizes. Comparatively, diamonds have more of a white sparkle with only a small amount of rainbow sparkle in the brilliance they give off. (See image above). Forever Chic Jewellery's moissanite rings, are created with our fine tuned Forever LUXE Moissanite™, which has tamed this rainbow flash sparkle while still producing a stunning brilliance making it one of the closest and best diamond-looking real gemstone diamond alternatives on the market. In fact recently we discovered an external 3rd party jeweller with over 30 years industry experience, mis-identified our customer's moissanite engagment ring for a genuine diamond. That's how much Forever Chic Jewellery's Moissanite rings offer a truely luxurious, diamond-like, long lasting engagement ring option at a fraction of the cost of comparable diamonds.
Moissanite has emerged as the top choice for many couples in Australia as the best diamond replacement that looks identical. It is increasingly becoming popular Australia wide and is only set to continue.
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2. White Sapphire
White sapphire is another popular alternative to diamonds, which is used in engagement rings for its hardness, sparkle, durability, and similar look to diamonds.
So why is white sapphire considered a viable gemstone alternative to Diamonds, you ask? Here are some popular reasons.
Hardness: In terms of hardness, white Sapphires score a 9 on Mohs Scale of Hardness, meaning they have a lower rating than that of Moissanite (9.25-9.5) as well as Diamond (10). However, they are still considered durable and ideal for everyday wear. You would want to however be a little more careful with the white Sapphire engagement ring as it tends to wear (especially the edges) more easily over the years.
Both high-quality grade, white Sapphire and Moissanite gemstones appear colorless. However, moissanite always appears clearer with more sparkle, than white Sapphire as it tends to attract more dirt and scratch more frequently. This essentially means Sapphire gemstones require more cleaning to retain their
Moreover, in terms of sparkle, Moissanite has an advantage over white Sapphire gemstones. Not only does Moissanite have a higher Refraction Index (2.65-
2.69) than Sapphire (1.77) and therefore much more sparkle (for the longterm), it also has more fire (0.104) compared to white Sapphire (0.018), which refers
to its coloured light flashes.
3. White Topaz
White Topaz is also a versatile gemstone that is quickly emerging as one of the popular diamond replacement gemstones among millennial couples in
The name of this gemstone is derived from Topazios – the old Greek appellation for an island in the Red Sea.
According to the Gemology Institute of America, the colour of the white Topaz gemstone is essentially caused by defects or impurities in its crystal structure
rather than its chemical properties.
Brilliance/Sparke & Hardness: When it comes to sparkle and durability white topaz has some shine and a high hardness score however it certainly falls short
compared to Moissanite. White Topaz has a brilliance refractive index (RI) of 1.6 and scores an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness so extra care would be
needed if selected for everyday wear. It should also be noted that as a result like white sapphire, white topaz can sometimes appear dull and cloud over time
compared to when you originally purchase it.
Moissanite is by far considered the best diamond replacement gemstone around for a special ring, that gives the identical look and feel of diamonds. From colour to sparkle to
brilliance to hardness, Moissanite comes out the winner in every department, which explains its rising popularity with Australians and the modern couple.
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