Are you planning on popping the question but are concerned about how you’re going to afford a diamond ring? Or, would you like to propose with a stone that’ s a little out of the ordinary to show the one you love that she’s one a kind? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you have a number of options that provide sparkle similar to that of a diamond, but at a much lower price and with a creative twist. From modern moissanite engagement rings to pieces that feature a more well-known diamond stand-in, cubic zirconia, here’s a guide to four dazzling and affordable diamond alternatives.
If you haven’t heard of moissanite, you’re not alone—this stone is a newcomer to the world of jewelry. Discovered in 1893 in the desert of Arizona by Dr. Henri Moissani, this gem is a combination of silicon and carbon, the element that comprises a diamond. It took a century for it to catch on as a gemstone, but it’s destined to become a modern favorite.
Moissanite possesses a number of unique properties that make it a lovely pick for engagement rings. First, it has a very high refractive index, which allows it to emit bright flashes of light. It also displays a high luster and it almost as durable and scratch-resistant as a diamond, making pieces such as the Princess-Cut Moissanite Solitaire Ring in 14K White Gold lasting symbols of your love.
Many believe that the word “topaz” is derived from an ancient Sanskrit word that meant “fire,” giving testament to this gem’s ability to make light dance like a brilliantly flickering flame. The colorless variety of this stone, white topaz, can easily stand in for a diamond, though it’s a good-looking stone in its own right. Apples of Gold carries a range of white topaz engagement rings, from stunning vintage designs like the Enchanted White Topaz Ring in 14K White Gold to classic solitaires, allowing you to find an affordable piece that perfectly suits the one you love.
White sapphire rings provide a unique interpretation of classic engagement ring style, substituting a white variety of the classic precious gemstone known for its rich, blue sparkle. White sapphires, like their more common blue counterparts, are second in hardness only to diamonds, giving them lasting dazzle that makes them ideal for expressing enduring love. The Asscher-Cut White Sapphire Ring in 14K White Gold simply showcases the brilliant beauty of this gem by placing a 6.5m stone on a clean 14K white gold band.
Cubic zirconia is a common choice when seeking a diamond alternative due to its versatile, colorless glimmer and very affordable price. Apples of Gold’s collection of cubic zirconia engagement rings contains over 40 styles, including the “Floret” Design Three Stone Princess Cut CZ Ring, which is modeled after our most popular diamond engagement ring.
For their unique beauty and for their affordability, these stones are excellent options! Use this guide to pick the right diamond alternative for the one you love.