Diamonds are the most traditional gemstones used in an engagement ring. However, they are not always affordable. Taking your this woe into account, I have curated a list of diamond substitutes you could opt for instead of a diamond.
Diamond scores a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it the hardest of all the minerals. Maoissanite scores a 9.25 which is lesser than a diamond but at the same time tops the list of all diamond substitutes with regard to hardness. Moissanite also tops the durability list.
Moissanite has a rainbow like emittance which is different from a diamond’s. It is this emittance which may either make you fall in love with it or invoke absolute hatred towards it. Only a diamond enthusiast would be able to point out the difference between the two. Moissanite is super affordable and the best option when looking for a diamond substitute.
White sapphire scores a 9 on the mohs scale of hardness making it less durable than moissanite but more durable than other substitutes. Diamonds are three to four times harder than white sapphires. However, these white sapphires are tougher than diamonds. This means that it is highly unlikely for a white sapphire to chip or become brittle.
White sapphires look quite close to a diamond when chosen in smaller sizes. Howerver, when chosen in a bigger size, you might find them to be duller than diamonds. you might have to invest a little at periodic intervals to keep it clean and devoid of any soap residue to maintain its shine and brilliance.
White beryl is also known as goshenite. We all ae very familiar with it’s coloured cousins- emerald and aquamarine. White beryl or goshenite is used as a diamond substitute for a while now. It scores a 7.5 to 8 on the mohs scale. Not as hard as the other substitutes.
White beryl can easily be distinguished from diamonds since it lacks the fire, durability, and hardness of that of a diamond.
The cheapest substitue available to diamond. White topaz are cheap as these natural gemstones lose their sparkle with time. White topaz are not very tough and durable which results in scratches overtime in turn contributes to it losing its sparkle.
White topaz ae to be preferred in small sizes since bigger the gemstone higher the imperfections found.
White topaz is the most unpreferred diamond substitute for an engagement ring.
Other gemstones (with their astrological meanings) you could replace that sparkly diamond with
P.s. Make sure your woman is okay with a diamond substitute or any other gemstone in place of a diamond before investing in this decision.