Christmas is on the threshold and you have already made your shopping plan. When your budget is limited and it seemed that you cannot really afford those valuable diamonds and real stones no matter how hard you try, fear not. There are many high-quality gems that you can easily buy in place of expensive diamond jewelry.
Cubic Zirconia– It is a synthetic gemstone popular for its affordability but more notably for its fiery appearance and versatility. Cubic zirconia is crystallographically isometric and, as diamond is also isometric and simulates a diamond with remarkable likeness. Custom cut CZ stones are getting hugely popular and replacing diamonds as the most preferred stone for jewelry. Since it is created artificially, cubic zirconia is virtually flawless without having any inclusions. If someone is trying to stay within a tight budget, cubic zirconia is an excellent option. The other great reason is that with CZ, you can get any shape or cut of stone and in any carat weight for an incredibly affordable deal.
Sapphire– Available in all colors of the rainbow—for a distinctive look at a smaller price. Sapphires are prized for their stunning colors and durability. Sapphire is a corundum, an aluminum oxide with a trigonal crystal structure, in the same family as the ruby. Sapphire has been treasured for thousands of years. This stone is quickly coming out as the favorite choice for the wedding rings. This stone simply looks stunning with white gold, platinum and silver.
Topaz- A popular choice in alternative diamond jewelry, topaz gemstones are perfect for adding a quirky touch to rings, necklaces and bracelets. Topaz is an eye-catching colored gemstone that’s characterized by its vivid hues. You can find topaz in a wide range of colors including red, orange, peach, pink, gold, yellow and brown. The most commonly used colors of Topaz in jewelry are the blue types. It was not until this past century that blue Topaz became widespread on the gem market.
Morganite– Morganite is a beautiful blush pink gemstone that was discovered in Madagascar. Morganite is a rare, semi precious stone from the Beryl family, which includes Emerald and Aquamarine. The beautiful, feminine colors in Morganite are as a result of the presence of manganese. Though relatively rare, morganite is a moderately-priced gem, which puts morganite jewelry within the means of many lovers of fine jewelry.
More and more consumers breaking away from the traditional diamond engagement ring and recognizing the beauty in other gemstones. In brilliant colors and stunning cuts, colored gemstones offer an element of distinction to classic engagement ring settings.