Best Diamond Alternatives for Wedding Jewelry

Diamonds might be forever, but they aren’t particularly affordable or sustainable. Read our handy guide to find out which diamond alternative is right for you.

By Deanna deBara

Diamond Alternatives for Wedding Jewelry
Photo by Lazzat Photography

The First Look ✨

  • Diamonds may be the most popular option for wedding jewelry, but they aren’t the only option.
  • There are plenty of diamond alternatives that look amazing in wedding jewelry, from sapphires, to rubies, to amethysts.

Diamonds are one of the most popular stones for engagement rings, wedding rings, and other types of wedding jewelry. But a traditional diamond isn’t your only option. If a diamond doesn’t feel like quite the right fit for your engagement ring, there are plenty of other precious gemstones you can incorporate into your wedding jewelry.

Let’s take a look at some of the best diamond alternatives that will give you the engagement or wedding ring (or earrings! Or necklace!) of your dreams—without a diamond in sight:

Moissanite

Diamonds are known for their sparkle, but just because you’re skipping the diamond doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the sparkle.

Moissanite is a gemstone that was discovered in a meteorite crater in the late 1800s by a French scientist named Henri Moissan. While Moissan originally thought he had found diamonds, he realized he was dealing with a completely different stone when he discovered the crystals were made of silicon carbide. Thus, Moissanite was born.

Moissanite is one of the most durable gemstones in the world (second only to diamonds!), making them the perfect stone for pieces you wear every day—like your engagement or wedding ring. Since naturally-occurring Moissanite stone is very rare in the wild, most Moissanite gems are lab created, which allows you to get much more carat for your buck compared to a real diamond. Plus, Moissanite is just as (if not more!) sparkly than a diamond. If bling is your thing, consider Moissanite the perfect diamond alternative.

Sapphire

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Even before diamonds became the most popular stone for wedding jewelry, sapphires were a go-to precious stone for engagement rings—a trend that remains popular with soon-to-be-married people looking to make a statement with their wedding jewelry.

The color most commonly associated with sapphires is a deep blue, but sapphires are actually extremely diverse—and you can find a sapphire for your wedding jewelry in a variety of colors, including pink, yellow, and white.

White Topaz

If you want a classic look for your engagement or wedding ring, but don’t have room in your wedding budget for a diamond, you may want to snag yourself white topaz.

White topaz is a gemstone that has plenty of sparkle and shine, but unlike diamonds (which have a whiter appearance), white topaz leans more gray or silver. White topaz is also an extremely affordable stone. If you want to get a wow ring without spending a wow budget, white topaz could be the diamond alternative for you.

Aquamarine

If blue is your color, aquamarine could be the diamond alternative you’ve been searching for. This light blue/green gemstone, which is a beryl mineral, is incredibly clear (you might even say “clear as the sea!”), making it an elegant centerpiece for an engagement ring. Consider getting your gem set in white gold, which compliments aquamarine particularly well.

Emerald

Another beryl mineral, emeralds are one of the most celebrated, valued, and popular gemstones in history. Their deep green hue makes for an eye-catching centerpiece for an engagement ring, and because they’re on the rarer (and pricier) side, you’re sure to get a ring that feels different, unique, and unlike most pieces you see in a jewelry store or on other people’s fingers.

Ruby

Some people really want impact and drama with their jewelry, and if you fall under that category, you should definitely consider a ruby for your engagement ring, wedding ring, or other piece of wedding jewelry.

The deep red color of this precious stone also pairs especially well with gold, so if you have your heart set on a gold setting (and want to amp up the drama), a ruby would be a perfect diamond alternative.

Amethyst

Purple is the color of royalty, and if you want your wedding jewelry to have that same royal feel, you should consider using amethyst as a centerpiece. Amethyst is a purple gemstone, but the word “purple” covers a huge variety of shades, from deep violet to pale lavender (and just about everything in between!).

Get Out There and Find the Perfect Diamond Alternative for Your Wedding Jewelry

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Diamonds are usually the first stone people think of when shopping for, designing, or choosing wedding jewelry (whether that jewelry is an engagement ring, a wedding ring, or something more unique, like a pendant or brooch). But just because mined diamond is a lot of people’s first choice doesn’t mean it’s everybody’s first choice—and if they’re not your first choice, there are plenty of diamond alternatives you can incorporate into your jewelry design.

Now that you have a few ideas for diamond alternatives, all that’s left to do is get out there and choose the perfect stone for your wedding jewelry—no diamonds necessary.