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Diamond Vs Gemstone Engagement Rings

If you are reading this article, it means you are interested in buying a ring and proposing to your loved one soon. And another fact is certain that you are undecided on the choice of the engagement ring. Diamonds rings are conventionally the preferred choice for the engagement rings but gemstone rings have gained a substantial fan following of their own. Even the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton chose a blue sapphire engagement ring. In this article, we have provided in detail all the aspects and comparisons between a diamond and a gemstone engagement ring. We have started with the diamond engagement rings, their pros and cons, their cost, and then evaluated the gemstone engagement rings in the same way. Based on the findings we have arrived at the final verdict at the end of the article. You can read this article and make an informed judgment. 

1. Diamond Engagement Rings

Let us look into the advantages, disadvantages, and general costs of the diamond engagement ring below.

a. Advantages of Diamond Engagement Rings

Diamonds are bright, radiant, and rare stones and are known for their sparkle. Furthermore, diamonds are durable and the hardest known objects to humans, with a hardness rating of 10 on the Mohs scale. They do not get scratched, cracked, or tarnished easily making them the ideal choice for everyday wear. Though diamonds come in many colors, but the prevalent and most popular diamonds are colorless diamonds. It means that they can be matched with all skin tones, metals, and a variety of styles. One other advantage of diamonds is that they are a symbol of love from time immemorial. So, these are some of the advantages of acquiring a diamond engagement ring.   

b. Disadvantages of Diamond Engagement Rings

Diamonds especially larger and flawless ones are more expensive than other gemstones. Rings with a single high-quality large diamond called solitaires are generally the most expensive. In that price range, a bigger high-quality gemstone ring can easily be purchased. Another drawback if you can call it is that for a long time diamond rings were the conventional and popular choice for engagement rings. So, these are not preferred by those individuals who want a unique choice or differ from the norm.

c. Cost of Diamond Gemstone Rings

The cost of diamond rings depends on the quality of diamonds, whether they are naturally excavated, and their size. A solitaire engagement ring of the same carat weight costs more than a cluster ring weighing the same. If you are looking for affordable and high quality diamond rings, check the diamond engagement ring collection on AËLRA JOAILLERIE. Their ‘mine to market process’ allows them to offer high-quality diamond jewellery at much more competitive and affordable rates. This process entails skipping the middlemen involved and selling directly online to the customers which cut the final price by 6 to 8 times compared to physical stores. 

2. Gemstone Engagement Rings

Let us look into the advantages, disadvantages, and general costs of the gemstone engagement ring below.

a. Advantages of Gemstone Engagement Rings

A major advantage of gemstones is that they come in so many varieties and colors. These brightly colored stones look strikingly beautiful and stand out. A sapphire or a topaz comes not only in blue, but yellow, red, white, and other colors. It all depends on the chemical composition and quantity of minerals present in the stone. The same is the case with nearly all gemstones. So, you are not limited by choice. If you want a garnet in any other color than red, you most certainly are going to get it. Another advantage of gemstones is that they are not that conventional as diamonds. Wearing and flaunting brightly colored jewellery instead of colorless diamonds has become quite popular and trendy nowadays. Another major advantage of gemstone jewellery is that gemstones compared to diamonds are less costly. Gemstones generally cost less than diamonds per carat. So, they are usually a budget-friendly option even at much larger sizes. 

b. Disadvantages of Gemstone Engagement Rings

A major advantage cited above can also be pointed as a disadvantage against gemstones. Gemstones are not conventional choices for engagement rings. So, those who go by the norms and have conservative fashion choices should stick with the diamonds. Also, certain gemstones can crack, break and chip easily due to their mineral composition. Before picking any gemstone do check about their Mohs hardness scale. Prefer those gemstones which range go from 6.5 to higher on this scale. Diamonds are certainly at the top with a 10 rating, but sapphires and rubies follow close behind at 9. Topaz, Spinel, Tourmaline, Rhodolite, Garnet, Citrine, Tanzanite, Peridot, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Quartz, and Emeralds rank high on this scale and can be worn daily. With proper care, the gemstone jewellery you purchase will serve you for years. 

c. Cost of Gemstone Engagement Rings

Engagement rings consisting of Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds generally cost more than other gemstones due to their popularity, versatility, and hardness. The price also depends on the quality, size, and cut of the gemstones and the material they are set in. Do check the beautiful and eye-catching gemstone and diamond jewellery collection on AËLRA JOAILLERIE. The gemstones include Sapphires, Rubies, Topaz, Spinel, Tourmaline, Rhodolite, Garnet, Citrine, Tanzanite, Peridot, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Quartz, and Emeralds. The jewellery comes in a variety of timeless and original designs which includes rings, pendants, necklaces, and earrings set in hallmarked white, red, and yellow gold. 

The Final Verdict

a. Choose a Diamond Engagement Ring if:

1. Your partner is more into tradition and luxury. Has conventional tastes and prefers classic and timeless jewels.

2. Your soon-to-be significant other prefer a ring that goes with any ensemble or outfit.

3. You want an heirloom to pass down to the generations.

4. You want a durable and hardy stone not prone to scratches or cracks.

b. Choose a Gemstone Engagement Ring if:  

1. Your beloved has their own unique style.

2. Is experimental and trendy.

3. You want a bigger gemstone and variety.

4. Your partner believes in originality and not following the herd. 


So, this was a detailed comparison of diamond and gemstone engagement rings. But before you make the decision do check with your partner as they have to wear it ultimately. Consult, discuss and then make a joint decision. 


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