Are these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds ethical & budget-friendly? Let's find out…

February 1 2019 | bijouxandbits
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Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Is this a diamond or a diamond alternative? Only you need to know!

We may tout a lot of colored gemstones around these parts, but we know a lot of you are totally down for that classic diamond look. And these days, you really don't have to feel guilty about snagging a real diamond from ring designers who source ethical and conflict-free diamonds. But there are other options you might want to know about which are created without any impact to the earth AND are more budget-friendly.

We reached out to our custom-ring wizard partners at Joseph Jewelry to get the scoop on diamond alternatives such as lab created diamonds and moissanite engagement rings. It was illuminating and awesome — you can avoid hurting the environment and still get a truly unique and gorgeous ring…

Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Ring by Joseph Jewelry

Diamond alternatives

Moissanite engagement rings

Moissanite was first discovered in Arizona inside a meteor crater! It's a natural gemstone but nearly all of it is now created in a lab, so there is no environmental disruption in the creation of the gem.

The biggest difference between diamonds and moissanite (besides being two different gemstone families entirely) is that moissanite gems have about twice the amount of fire that a diamond has. A gemstone's sparkle is made up of two parts: fire and brilliance. Brilliance is the white light, while fire is the colored rainbow light. Jewelers can tell the difference between moissanite and diamond because of the fire, but most people cannot see the difference. Mainly, more color comes out of moissanite than out of a diamond's sparkle. It's like traditional meets just the tiniest bit of offbeat!

The Mohs hardness scale score is 9.25 for moissanite, which is between diamond (10) and sapphire (9). When something lives on your hand, you definitely want to make sure it's durable.

Moissanite is much more affordable than diamond, and you can design any ring to incorporate it. We've talked extensively about the custom design process with Joseph Jewelry, and they can easily create any kind of ring you can imagine using either an ethically sourced diamond or a moissanite. Feel free to poke around in their galleries to see what ring could be the new home for a moissanite stone.

Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Their custom design process is COOL

Other lab created diamonds

In the creation process of a lab created diamond, there is also no environmental impact because they are literally created in a lab. They are optically, chemically, and physically identical to natural diamonds. Why is that good? Lab created diamonds tend to be 20-30% more affordable than natural diamonds, so you can get a bigger size or higher grade for the same price.

ALL the diamonds that Joseph Jewelry works with are conflict-free and most of their natural diamonds are sourced from Russia or Canada, but the environmental impact of earth-mined diamonds is still big. No matter what, you can feel good about using them for their sourcing practices. And for both moissanite and lab grown diamonds, they work with the best and most established vendors in the industry. Breathe easy, y'all!

Now that you know what's up with these types of diamond alternatives, you probably want to see some examples, right? I've got you…

Moissanite engagement rings

Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Custom Solitaire Moissanite Engagement Ring
Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Hand Engraved Solitaire Moissanite Engagement Ring
Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Custom Blue Sapphire And Moissanite Engagement Ring
Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Custom Moissanite And Diamond Engagement Ring

Lab created diamond rings

Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Custom Princess Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Custom Diamond Engagement Ring
Three-stone Oval And Half Moon Diamond Engagement Ring
Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Rose Gold Custom Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
Can you have an ethical & budget-friendly ring? Yep, with these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds
Whoa, those details!

The beauty of custom jewelry is that every piece is individually crafted, so you can choose the specific metals, gemstones, engraving, details, dragon heads, sword imagery… etc. etc. etc. that will go into your ring. You have the power to create a truly epic ring that is completely YOU. And it can absolutely include a diamond alternative. Check out Joseph Jewelry for tons of ring ideas (all of which you can customize to your exact dreams!).

  1. Diamonds are only so expensive because 1 family controls the world's diamond supply. They keep most locked up to keep the price artifically high. As for ethically sourced that's hard to promise because that one family lies in order to get all the diamonds.

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