Lately I’ve been receiving quite a few questions about diamond alternatives for our selection of diamond and gemstone engagement rings. My customers tend to prefer real stones that are lab-grown rather than simulants such as CZ. They want something that is both conflict-free and eco-friendly. Lab grown stones satisfy both…
The two lab-grown diamond alternatives that I recommend most are Chatham white sapphires and Forever Brilliant Moissanite. Both are good choices for durability…moissanite is 9.25 on the Moh’s scale and white sapphire is 9.
More important than the gemological differences between the two, the visual differences between them are shown above. The cut on Chatham white sapphire that gives them the most brilliance is German cut. It is different from the round brilliant cut of the moissanite shown here. The other visual difference is that the white sapphire, while very brilliant and sparkly, doesn’t have a lot of flashes of color, like the moissanite does. Again, you can see the difference here. The brown spots in the white sapphire are simply reflections of me taking the photo that day.
If you like the moissanite, be sure you’re getting the Forever Brilliant rather than standard moissanite. Standard moissanite tends to have a slightly yellowish-green undertone. But the new Forever Brilliant is grown much whiter than standard moissanite. Since the introduction of the new, whiter Forever Brilliant moissanite, I recommend moissanite a lot more frequently than I used to.
Between the two of them, in my opinion, the Forever Brilliant moissanite looks more like a diamond. So if you want a diamond alternative that looks like a diamond, I’d suggest a Forever Brilliant moissanite engagement ring. BUT if you want a diamond alternative that is beautifully brilliant, sparkly and really white, then a Chatham white sapphire engagement ring is an excellent choice.
The bottom line is, you should get the stone that best suits your needs. Both are premium quality beautiful eco-friendly, conflict free lab-grown stones.
Author: Michelle M. Rahm is a GIA-trained Graduate Gemologist and is President of Colorado’s Mile High Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association. She has been selling gemstones and jewelry online since 1997. Visit her websites JewelryImpressions.com and OurCustomWeddingRings.com