Best Diamond Alternatives

For centuries diamonds have been considered the most valuable jewelry. The truth is we grew up knowing diamonds are for powerful figures, leaders, and celebrities. Today, the gemstone sector has expanded, and mineralogists and jewelry experts continue to bring us exotic gems that are a close rival to diamonds in relation to quality, features, and cost.

Fuller's Jewelry presents you with a detailed list of our seven top-pick diamond alternatives you may consider during your next shopping trip. 


Morganite is one of the most inexpensive and best diamond alternatives. Its rosy pink color, brilliant sparkles, and lusters make it a popular diamond alternative. Although softer, 7.5-8 on the MOH scale, than diamond, morganite is a great choice if you're looking for a relatively cheap engagement gift. 

Lab-Grown Diamonds

If you are looking for an inexpensive (60-70% price of the natural diamond), real diamond, lab-grown, or man-made diamonds are your pick. Introduced into the market in the 1950s, lab-grown diamonds have similar optical, physical, and chemical properties as natural diamonds. In fact, you need advanced gemological instruments to tell apart man-made diamonds from natural diamonds. 


Like diamonds, emeralds are one of the rarest gems in the jewelry market. Emeralds make a perfect engagement ring because of their elegant green hue, which is associated with truth and eternal love. If you want a rarer emerald, you can go for emeralds with bluish overtones, which are genuinely unique, one of its kind gems and an excellent alternative to diamonds.


Rubies are highly valued because of their rare beauty and history. For thousands of years, rubies have been associated with love, passion, and royalty because of their bright red luster, rarity, and durability. Rubies are rated 9 on the MOH scale, making it a worthy diamond alternative if you are looking for a durable gem. 


Just like diamonds, sapphires occur in a variety of mesmerizing colors, such as royal blue and hues, such as teal, peach, white, and yellow. Their lustrous beauty, unique brilliance, and hardness, 9 on MOH, make them a good diamond alternative for engagement rings.  


No other gem comes closer to natural diamonds than moissanite. Their high brilliance, luster, and hardness (9 on the MOH scale) make them almost indistinguishable from natural diamonds. Natural moissanites are rare but significantly cheaper than diamonds. 


Alexandrite should be on the list for those looking for an extremely rare but fascinating gem and the best alternative to diamond. The color-changing effects (blue to red) when under light, vitreous luster, and hardness (8.5 on the MOH scale) makes alexandrite a spectacular gem and among the top alternatives to diamonds.

Final Thoughts 

There are many good diamond alternatives, but those are our favorite picks. Our list can vary from yours because of individual preferences but make sure to contact us if you need consultation, assistance, or to buy any jewelry.