With increasing awareness of the cruelty caused by diamonds, the tanking economy, and changing fashion trends, diamonds have become less popular as an engagement ring choice in the past several years. If you want to get engaged but want no part in the diamond trade or don’t want to pay for a diamond, you may be wondering if it’s possible to get a beautiful and durable engagement ring without getting a diamond. Here are some alternative options:
Sapphires are most frequently thought of as blue stones, but they come in a variety of colors, from pink to clear. If you like the look of diamonds but hate the cost and cruelty associated with them, white sapphires can be an excellent option. Additionally, sapphires are almost as hard as diamonds, making them a beautiful and durable choice. Sapphires make a beautiful center stone on an engagement ring, and are also great as side decoration stones. There are numerous sites specializing in sapphire engagement rings, but www.brilliantearth.com has some of the prettiest settings, and they guarantee that all of their stones are conflict-free.
Moissanite looks so much like a diamond that when it was discovered in the early 20th century, it was mistaken for a diamond! This stone actually comes from a meteor, but is now typically manufactured in a lab. Moissanite can be almost as expensive as diamonds, but the lab manufactured varieties are cheaper. If you like the look of diamonds but don’t want to contribute to the diamond trade, moissanite is an excellent choice. Check out www.moissanitediamond.com
Cubic Zirconia has been much-maligned as a cheap, trashy version of a diamond. But the truth is this is just the diamond industry trying to convince you to buy diamonds. High quality CZ’s are indistinguishable from diamonds to the naked eye, and almost as hard as diamonds. There are now many websites that provide beautiful CZ settings with gorgeous gemstone sidestones. You can even get a diamond ring you like custom made with CZ for much cheaper. Check out www.ziamond.com for some cubic zirconia works of art.