You know that everyone loves the beauty of a sparkling, shiny diamond.
But what you don't love as much?
What these precious gems do to your bank account! With what you spend on a piece of jewelry, you could go on vacation, redo a room in your home, or in some cases, even pay off your credit card debt or take care of your car loan.
Plus, you're fully aware of the ugly history (and present atrocities) of the diamond trade -- and you're interested in making a more ethical choice.
So, what are the alternatives to diamonds available to you?
That's what this post is all about.
While outlining some of the best diamond alternatives out there -- there are options that don't look any less beautiful than the real thing.
No matter your style or your budget, you'll likely be surprised by just how much beauty is out there.
Are you a woman on a budget -- or just someone who wants beautiful jewelry without having to fork over half her paycheck to get it?
If so, then we're certain that you'll love the look of one of the most popular alternatives to diamonds: cubic zirconia.
In fact, this diamond alternative has become so popular for its ability to imitate the look of real diamonds, that many people choose to buy cubic zirconia engagement rings.
This doesn't just give you both much more money to spend on your honeymoon.
Cubic zirconia also looks much more flawless than a diamond does, as they've actually been made within a lab. This means that sometimes, you can end up getting more sparkle from a cubic zirconia ring (CZ for short) than you would with the real thing.
Plus, it's able to be made to be colorless, which also makes it harder to differentiate between CZ and diamonds.
If you're concerned about overall durability, you might be surprised (and relieved) to find out that CZ, while not as hard as a diamond, can still take a serious amount of wear and tear.
If you're looking for a classic pair of cubic zirconium studs, you might as well get a necklace to match!
We love the classic look of this set, which we're certain will go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe.
Another one of the most popular diamond alternatives?
The Swarovski Crystal, which has certainly stood the test of both time and ever-changing fashion trends when it comes to both look and quality.
These crystals were first invented in Austria in 1892, so it's safe to say that the brand has established itself as a classic. Swarovski has even worked with high fashion brands like Dior, Christian Louboutin, and Chanel -- so you're in excellent hands.
Believe it or not, it's the lead within Swarovski Crystals (don't worry, it's completely safe) that creates their beautiful shimmer and shine. In some cases, the polishing process and extra coatings will allow your pieces to sparkle even more brightly!
Plus, these crystals are especially perfect for those who are interesting in finding pieces that can imitate the look of colored diamonds, like yellows or even pinks.
And because crystals are so much more affordable than their diamond counterparts?
Why not just get a piece of jewelry for every color of the rainbow?
We can't get enough of the elegant look of these purple teardrop earrings, certain to up the "wow" factor of a Little Black Dress more than you ever thought possible.
Perhaps you're much more interested in a diamond alternative that looks markedly different from a diamond.
After all, you're an individual -- and you're looking for jewelry that helps to reflect that.
Enter Roman Glass, which is perfect for those who march to the beat of a different drum.
It's made from hundreds of tiny pieces of glass, which are also pieces of history!
In most cases, this glass is thousands of years old, and comes from Israel. In a past life, it could have been a piece of pottery, a jar, or another glass container. Since these shards can't be displayed in museums, and have been weathered by sand, dirt, and the elements?
Jewelers invest in the glass and give what was once nothing more than a smashed piece of glass pottery a new lease on life!
Now, you can find Roman Glass rings, necklaces, brooches, and earrings -- any sort of piece you want.
Especially if you're into more unique pieces, we're certain that you'll love the kind of statement that a Roman Glass ring like this one makes.
Plus, we can't get enough of the beautiful flower detailing on the sides of the ring. The metal work only helps the shards of glass to stand out even more. Be warned, though -- everyone around you will want to try it on!
We hope that this post has seriously inspired you to put down the diamonds and pick up one of these stunning alternatives to diamonds instead!
It's not just about saving money. It's also about having more diverse pieces of jewelry in your wardrobe.
Of course, when you're in the market for any sort of new jewelry, the quality of the pieces matter more than anything else.
Why settle for anything less than the best when you can choose to wear one of our show-stopping pieces?
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