Engagement Ring Diamond Alternatives

diamond alternativesThe things that people love about diamonds in engagement rings is their durability, their hardness, that they hold their value, their sparkle, or brilliance, and their ability to retain that brilliance after they get dirty or worn. These qualities are what makes having an diamond in an engagement ring so appealing and common, but you do pay for all of those perks. Diamonds can be very expensive, especially big, well cut, perfectly colored diamonds. If you want people to think you have a huge diamond, but don’t want to pay for a huge diamond, there are a few options so you can get the size, sparkle, and admiration you want and not have to spend thousands.

The best option for this is probably moissanite. It has similar durability and sparkle and can be very difficult to distinguish from a diamond. While moissanite does occur naturally, it is rare, so most moissanite gems are created in a lab. It is not completely colorless, however, so in certain lights it may have a yellow or green tint. But then, so will a low quality diamond. While a pair of 1/2 karat diamond earrings in 14 karat white gold will cost $1,880, a pair of moissanite earrings in the same size and setting are $540.

White sapphire is another good substitute for diamonds. Sapphire stones come in all different colors, not just blue, and white sapphire is very hard to distinguish from diamond. They are also very durable and are a 9 on the hardness scale. They refract less light than diamonds do, making them less shiny and brilliant when they get dirty. This can be very hard to tell, though, unless compared side by side next to a diamond. The same 1/2 karat earrings in white gold are only $260, compared to the $1,880 diamond and $540 moissanite.

Cubic Zirconia is the cheapest diamond substitute. It is a synthetic mineral made in a lab that usually costs, on average, around $30 for a stone. It is hard, flawless, and colorless, but they scratch easily and don’t sparkle as well as diamonds, especially after they get dirty. 14 karat white gold earrings that are the same size as the diamond ones are only about $130, and most of that is for the gold in the earrings.

Substituting diamonds for less expensive alternatives can be a good financial decision, but diamond rings represent much more. They are an investment in an a piece of jewelry that will last years and years and hold its value and buying one for your fiancé is an investment in your relationship.

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Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

cushion cutThe cushion cut is one of the oldest diamond cuts in the world. It is square shaped with rounded corners, but can also come in an elongated rectangle shape. It used to be known as the “old mine cut” and was the most popular cut until the 20th century. The cut traditionally does not have as many facets as most modern cuts, giving it less sparkle, but more fire and brilliance, which are the flashes of light and color that reflect off the diamond. Typically, this cut will have four or eight mains, which are kite-shaped facets between the girdle and the culet. Sometimes the cut is modified to include extra facets on the crown or pavilion, which jewelers call a “modified cushion cut,” to give it more sparkle.
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Here are some things to look for in a cushion cut engagement ring:
•Look for symmetry in the stone’s outline – the sides and corners should mirror each other in the amount of curve to avoid an off-shape.
•It’s typical for the girdle of a cushion cut diamond to vary in thickness: the girdle at the corners will be thicker than the girdle between corners. This area can be vulnerable to chipping if the girdle is extremely thin, so consider having the stone mounted in a bezel setting, rather than prongs, to protect the girdle from damage.
•There are a variety of cushion cut diamonds available: some can be as scintillating as round brilliant cuts, others may be fashioned for a softer look with less sparkle.
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Modern Engagement Rings

modern engagement ringModern engagement rings usually refer to rings that depart from traditional engagement ring styles. These rings have halos, asymmetrical lines, colored metals, inset diamonds, anything to make them stand out. They can be overly simplistic or very detailed. In all cases, they are very unique and customized to the individual woman who wears it.

Modern engagement rings have opened up a range of unique rings that have different metal colors and diamond color combinations. A ring can be silver with rose gold accents and pink sapphire accent stones in a somewhat eclectic, but beautiful look. Modern engagement rings push the boundaries on what makes up an engagement ring. It is no longer a silver or gold thin band with a perfect circle cut diamond in the center and a diamond on each side.
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Typical designs for modern rings have lines that cross to create the infinity symbol, use square designs, smooth, asymmetrical lines, or diamonds set to the side of the band, rather than on top.

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Unique Engagement Rings

Shopping for an engagement ring doesn’t have to be a dreaded experience. With the right amount of knowledge about what to look for in a ring, coupled with your excitement about asking the girl of your dreams to marry you, this can be an enjoyable exercise matching your newly discovered ring expertise with the money you’ve got available to spend.

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Diamonds will always have their special place in engagement rings, but colorful gems can be a refreshing way to make your ring beautiful and meaningful.

Perfectly round engagement ring bands are traditional and less dressed up, remaining subtle to make the central stone even more eye-catching. But the band can be gorgeous along with the diamond it’s holding. This creates a ring that truly stands out. An example is to choose a band that is covered in diamonds. Go one step further and make the diamond-encrusted band twist around the shank for a creative and striking touch.

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You might think of diamonds as bright and clear, but they can also be sparkling in darker hues, such as grey and black. Darker diamonds are becoming popular because they dare to do something completely different and special. Brown diamonds and rich jewel tones, such as sapphires, are intriguing, while black diamonds add a dramatic touch to your bridal jewelry. Dark diamonds can also be a great match for your personality and/or lifestyle, such as if you like to wear a lot of black or you enjoy unusual pieces. They’re perfect for creative brides.

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Black Diamond Engagement Rings

Diamonds are found in many colors. Black diamonds are not exactly black, rather there are numerous dark inclusions and microscopic deposits of sulfides in the stone that impart dark color to it. Most naturally occurring black diamonds are not uniformly black, instead have a greyish appearance.

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Like regular diamonds, black diamonds consist of crystallized carbon but the difference in black diamonds is that the crystalline structure is multi-layered and denser. This crystalline structure of black diamonds is also called “carbonado”. The black color itself stems from innumerable inclusions of iron oxides and mainly graphite.
However, the black diamond that we market is solid in color and is almost opaque. The solid black color is rendered to dark-colored diamond using color enhancement technique. Due to solid black color, there is no refraction of light (like, other fancy colored diamonds), so diamond appears opaque. Black diamond has its own unique shine.

Natural fancy black diamonds do exist and owe their color to dark inclusions of graphite, sulfides or other minerals, but they are among the rarest of all Fancy colored diamonds and can only be found in the riverbeds and lakes of Brazil and the Central African Republic. Some scientists believe that black diamonds fell onto Earth as meteorites, following a stellar explosion in outer space more than two billion years ago. Another hypothesis is that they were formed through high-pressure conditions inside the Earth and then pushed to the surface through volcanic eruptions. The stones owe their color, which can range from the deepest black to dark grey, to inclusions of graphite, sulfides or other minerals.

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As black diamonds do not refract light, they are generally cut round, oval or square. Black diamond engagement rings look wonderful when set in prong, pave or channel setting.

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Pear Shaped Ring

Pear shaped rings are timelessly chic.

A pear cut diamond engagement ring is part of the “brilliant cut family” and features a stone which is a hybrid between traditional round and marquise shapes. One end is rounded, and the other end tapers to a point created by a bezel facet, much like that seen on a marquise diamond (although on some pear shaped stones a so-called “French tip” may replace the bezel facet). 58 separate facets must be created in the diamond in order to obtain a perfect pear shape. As you’d expect from a diamond first developed by the expert who mastered the concept of symmetry in diamond cutting, a pear cut stone requires perfect symmetry when it is created. Its point must be directly opposite the apex of the curved end, and each side must curve in exactly the same way with absolutely no straight edges and no “uneven shoulders”, which is the term used to describe arcs that aren’t quite the same.

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That’s not where the requirements end for a high-quality pear shaped diamond; the stone’s flat surface (or table) must cover more than half of its circumference (preferably more than 53%). The diamond’s depth should be 53% or more of its width (preferably 58% or higher) in order to prevent what’s called the “bow tie effect”, when a shadow is cast throughout the center of the stone. The culet under the stone should be pointed and extremely small. And the length-to-width ratio should be between 1.5:1 and 1.65:1

The reason pear shaped diamond engagement rings are so graceful and captivating is their symmetry.

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Rose Shaped Engagement Ring

With a broad appeal of beauty, floral ring designs are very diverse and can easily be adapted towards your preferences.
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If you are someone who finds traditional wedding ring designs predictable and cliché, rose shaped engagement rings are great alternatives that offer a unique and classic look.
Besides that, floral engagement rings also offer a practical benefit of being less money!

Here’s why; the cost of an engagement ring is predominantly determined by the main center stone. Since a flower diamond ring emphasizes on the overall outlook instead of a single stone, it enables you to opt for a smaller and less expensive center stone. That’s great!

The flower-shaped ring features a cluster setting of round cut diamonds.

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Pink Gold Engagement Rings

Rose gold, also known as pink gold and red gold, was popular in Russia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and was also known as Russian gold although this term is now obsolete. Rose gold jewelry is becoming more popular in the 21st century and is commonly used for wedding rings, bracelets, and other jewelry.

The higher the copper content, the stronger the red coloration. Pink gold uses the least copper.
18K Pink gold: 75% gold, 20% copper, 5% silver

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Alloy metal suppliers will vary the copper, but whether you call it red, pink or rose gold, it’s all the same process.

Natural Gold is alloyed with our own mixture of copper and silver to give this metal it’s nice subtle, delicate “pink”appearance and shine.

Pink gold engagement rings are becoming more and more popular.

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