Fancy Diamonds are timeless and graceful in all aspects. While diamonds are the highest representation of beauty in jewelry, there are various alternatives to it as well.
One can choose from a diverse variety of precious gemstones which are similar to diamonds and have an as brilliant impact as the diamond itself. These are so graceful in their own unique way that we might even overlook them as an alternative.
Although, some are lab grown and some are primarily used for an alternative purpose. Real diamonds are very expensive and not everyone can afford them. Hence, to help beauty reach everyone these alternatives have been brought together.
Diamonds are one of those natural occurrences in nature that do justice to the beauty of nature itself. As we see diamonds, they are so pure, brilliant, and mesmerizing. Being one of the hardest substances on the earth, it is also as precious as it is because of the amount of energy and time it takes to be formed.
The prowess of the diamond is such that it reflects light in such a way that we see an eternal shine. It is almost unbelievable that nature could turn around a black piece of carbon into something so beautiful and charming. A nature’s miracle indeed.
This miracle has been considered precious by people all over the world, from ages back. The brilliant diamond is something that is used to depict the class of a person in a society and has been used for uncountable years as an adornment for women in all kinds of jewelry.
What we have seen with diamonds is that the preciousness of the stone has increased along with the value, as time has passed. The diversity of diamond jewelry has increased and the jewelry these days is even matching up to the modern fashion as preferred by women and men.
ALTERNATIVES TO DIAMOND
With the increase in requirements and demand for diamonds, the prices of diamonds are shooting up. There are certain natural and man-made gemstones that are a unique definition of beauty in themselves and can be used as alternatives to a diamond.
This brilliant violet stone belongs to the family of quartz. Sometimes the hue of the stone varies from blue-purple to red-purple. The transparency of the stone along with the saturation of the hue too is distinguishable. The purple color is owed to the presence of Manganese in clear quartz and the presence of iron could alter the hue to become either more or less red.
Amethyst can be cut into cuts and shapes which are very similar to diamond itself. We can see amethyst in a brilliant round, oval, pear cut, and a unique cut known as the trillion.
We can observe that the stone is generally not completely transparent and can have patches of discoloration or impurities since it is a natural stone. In synthetic or lab-made amethyst alternatives, we cannot see such irregularities, rather we can clearly observe the hexagonal crystal of the stone.
Amethyst is a natural stone that is not imparted without impurities. These impurities sometimes bring out such a different pattern and hue into the stone that it almost feels unreal. But yet again, nature has its own way.
For those who believe in spirituality, amethyst is known to bring a connection with the divine and carries in its energy, fire, passion, and creativity.
Aquamarine is a gemstone that almost does justice to its name. The subtle blue tint in this semi-precious gemstone reminds us of water and takes us back to the mesmerizing ocean view. The name Aquamarine literally means “water of the sea”.
The blue color of the stone is because of the presence of the mineral beryl. This mineral also imparts the intense green of the stone emerald. Hence, the blue-hued varieties are referred to as aquamarine. The color of the stone ranges from a subtle blue tint to rich blue varieties too. These richer varieties are very rare and thus expensive.
Pure beryl is seemingly colorless, but the blue tint we observe is due to the natural occurrences of iron, which impart the blue and slight greenish hues.
It is largely transparent, with fewer impurities and fractures, which makes it a common everyday choice despite wear and tear.
They are found in prismatic crystals which grow and can be cut out to form the shape of the gemstone.
In the cuts preferred we see that the gem has more brilliance in smaller crowns and in larger crowns, the depths of the color are accentuated.
In aquamarine, we observe certain inclusions like hollows or even certain metal deposits, which are only natural to its formation.
Emerald has been a symbol and representation of royalty itself. This rare green is so valuable, not in terms of money. It certainly is expensive but it is valued way more. The beryl content in emerald along with deposits of chromium and/or vanadium lead to its rich green hue.
They can be transparent sometimes and sometimes they can be opaque. The transparency of emerald is always evaluated using the naked eye and no other equipment as such.
The saturation of the hue and tone are very specific as desirable to wearers. A slight bluish green shade with a darker tone is the most preferred shade in the gem of emerald.
The cut of emerald stone is generally an emerald cut, after which it has been named. It is cut in this form due to the crystal shape which it naturally has.
Emerald is said to bring along good healthy, prosperity, skill and creativity, in the spiritual relevance.
Something which is often confused for diamonds? Yes, it is these stones also termed as ‘fake diamonds’. These are the moissanite, which are initially confused for diamonds. They were later determined to be made of silicon carbide.
They were discovered from a meteor which had been formed earlier. Since it is not a common occurrence for meteors to fall, we observe that moissanite is extremely rare and much recently is made in the lab.
Moissanites are quite affordable alternatives to diamond, and can considerably reduce the pricing and cost while giving the similar amount of brilliance as compared to diamonds.
The brilliance of moissanite is very unique as compared to diamond in the sense that they reflect a sort of multicolor. Due to the unique facetign, we observe that the rainbow shades are reflected.
While selecting a moissanite, one sees that the four Cs are similar to that of the diamond. The 4Cs of Carat, Color, Cut and Clarity are referred to for choosing from the wide range.
Spiritually moissanite is said to strengthen the inner self and bring illumination to the darkest parts of the inner self.
Morganite is a slight peach colored gemstone. It has a beautiful peach shade undertone which makes the gem look subtly tinted. It is a shade quite similar to the romantic rose gold. For the same reason, the rose gold metal and morganite are very complementary to each other.
This stone is also another variety of beryl component and ranges from the hues of orange to pink. The color of which is caused by deposits of manganese and we observe that there is a slight transition from pale pink and darker bluish pinks.
The original color is often light and can be deepened by the use of deep cuts. There are stronger colors too, which are rarely available, and in these particularly it is very difficult to observe inclusions.
For its spiritual relevance it is said to bring joy and peace while providing inner strength. It is also believed to have various healing properties, due to the natural energy field emitted by the stone.
If there is a stone other than diamond which exudes class, ruby has got to be it. The rich pink colored stone is such a pure and impactful presentation of the love that it depicts. The powerful reddish pink hue has always been a symbol of love, which makes this stone even more romantic than its color already suggests.
The primary mineral which ruby is made of is corundum.
For a ruby to hold value the primary factor is the color which is red and sometimes slight deposits of purple, which lead to a pinkish hue to the red stone. A valued ruby is preferred much more without inclusions of any sort. The kind of cuts preferred in rubies are oval or cushion cuts. Other mixed cuts are also preferred, but they depend on the wearer.
A rich red with a very slight purple hint is preferred, with shades which are highly saturated. These factors considerably increase the value of the gem.
Rubies also symbolizes royalty along with factors like power and wealth.
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Sapphire is primarily made of corundum. Sapphires are known for their royal blue hue, even though they are available in a variety of shades like white, yellow, pink and blue.
Sapphire is such a beautiful gem that it can dazzle in almost all the types of cuts like the brilliant round, pear, emerald, cushion and more such. This too is a very rich gem, which exudes royalty in every piece of jewelry regardless of the cut and the size as well.
The most valuable sapphire is a deep blue hued diamond with deep saturation like dark blue, black or purple. The quality also reduces if the amount of impurities increase in the gem. There rarely are inclusions in the sapphires, as compared to rubies.
To enhance the brilliance of the diamond we observe that the crown is cut brilliantly and the pavilion is cut stepped.
It is said to aid in introspection and self realization.
Another lesser known alternative to sapphire is white sapphire. This is available in very less quantities and hence is very precious as compared to the normal sapphire. Normal sapphire is already expensive in itself.
A part of the zoisite mineral family, tanzanite is a blue violet with absolute mesmerising qualities. The visibility of this gem is very diverse and displays colors like blue, violet and purple, all from varying angles.
While choosing the tanzanite one should be careful on choosing the hue perfectly, either a blue dominating violet or a violet dominating blue. The best kind of saturation is when the hue isn’t worn out by the brightness of the metal or the lack of light does not make it appear too dark.
High transparency is considered as one of the key factors while choosing a tanzanite and lustre is another factor which is almost natural to it.
As a spiritual relevance, it is said to increase thinking abilities in the wearer.
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With so many beautiful stones on the track who would want to prefer to stick to one option. Even though there is nothing as timeless as a Round brilliant diamond holding beauty beyond expression.
A diamond is a piece of gem which has been formed due to years of pressure and nature’s intensities. With so much of all this time, the carbon comes out as a stunner and worth so much of the time and energy of nature.
Similar to these diamonds there are so many alternatives which produce elegance with a little edge in jewelry. Some are similar to diamond while the others little alternating in the colors, cuts and the inherent beauty. Each having a separate thing of their own are ready to take on the jewelry.
The violet amethyst to the red ruby, the blue beryl aquamarine to green beryl emerald, from the peach blush morganite to diamond like moissanite, and finally from balc blue of sapphire to intense purple blue of tanzanite, we observe such diversity and beauty. Each of having an impact in their own unique way.
Despite these being alternatives to diamond, they have their absolutely ravishing unique qualities which make them desirable in their own ways by charming the wearer and the viewer.