Diamonds vs. White Sapphires

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I didn’t do this, but if I had been involved in selecting my own ring then I certainly would have considered it. Actually, I’m considering going down this route for a wedding ring, so I’d be interested in what others have to say. For myself, I can’t really tell the difference between white sapphires and diamonds… I’m sure I am ignorant, LOL!

The problem is that sometimes you don’t get the same choice, style wise, with the white sapphires…

Post # 5
503 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

white sapphires have more of a glow/shine and diamonds have more of a glittery effect

i think a white sapphire wedding band would compliment an e-ring nicely 🙂

Post # 6
4951 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What about a colored gemstone ring? I always drool when I see those!

I do love white sapphires though, they are gorgeous. Wondering how they would look sitting next to a diamond though. They are beauitufl on their own, but if right next to a diamond, will it look “off”?

Post # 7
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think white sapphires and diamonds are pretty hard to tell apart. Every white sapphire I’ve seen looks like a diamond!

I have pink diamonds in my e-ring and wedding ring, though, and when Fiance first gave me my e-ring it had pink sapphire stand-ins. When the pink diamonds came in 3 weeks later, they looked TOTALLY different. They’re the same color, but much more clear/sparkly.

Post # 8
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I love sapphires. I had 7mm white sapphire as my centre stone and it was gorgeous and sparkly in the sunshine. In the dimmer light it had a very white glow instead of the sparkle that diamonds have. I was not happy with it in the end because I had to clean it often to keep it sparkly. I never had this problem with blue sapphires. White seemed to get cloudy fast but it was also a very large suface area that attracted soap, oils, etc. I now have a moissanite/diamond combo. I tend to clean the diamond band twice as often as the moissanite ring. I would have went with a moissanite band if I would have discovered it earlier because I like the fire so much more.

If you really love the look of white sapphire, I would suggest getting a setting open enough in the back that you could easily clean it with a soft brush and take off the gunk from the culet.

Post # 9
365 posts
Helper bee

@Rusalka:  I second this!  I have a white sapphire solitaire (I should say HAD, because a prong snapped off of it and now it’s ruined).  I loved it!!! Such a beautiful, clear stone.  I did have to clean it often though, not a problem, but just so you are aware.

Post # 12
3322 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Well I can definitely tell the difference between white sapphire and diamond. They refract light differently and the larger the stones the more apparent the difference. I think that colored sapphires and diamonds are a great combination.  

Post # 14
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

large sapphires (like 1-2 ct) are gorgeous and sparkle enough in my opinion. but they are definitely not as sparkly as diamonds. even my totally untrained eye can see that. I’ve also noticed that the smaller any stone is, the less noticeable the sparkle is. therefore, it seems as if a white sapphire wedding band would be kind of sort of on the dull side. 

note, I’m totally guessing here! I’ve never seen one in real life. 

also factor in cost. tiny diamonds actually don’t cost a whole lot. I’ve never seen a white sapphire band that cost much less than a diamond band.  maybe I wasn’t looking in the right places!  I looked at gemvara and also had a local jeweler give me an estimate for one. I was shocked at how expensive it was – $1,300! I wasn’t even asking for a custom design, but for them to set white sapphires into a premade template setting. (I don’t even know where else you could shop for a white sapphire band?) 

I gave up on getting a white sapphire band, and opted for moissanite instead.  IMHO, it’s equally as sparkly as any diamond band, and the cost was awesome. I paid $450 for mine (a 3/4 eternity with 2mm stones, 14k white gold). if I had gotten the same ring with diamonds, my guess is that it would have been around $1,200 or so. 

Post # 15
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have heard that saphhires can appear cloudy. I am not sure about the true facts on this though. I have a moissanite e-ring, and it is super clear.


(i want a moissanite wedding band, but it is out of our budget right now [we are only planning on spending $700 combined], so I plan on getting a plain band, and then adding the eternity ring later. )

Post # 16
4342 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I have a white sapphire, I also have moissanite and diamonds.  White sapphires lack brilliance. I do not think it looks cloudy, but it is very white, almost too white.  And they need more cleaning than both diamonds and moissanite.  I would go with moissanite over white sapphire, just for those reasons…the sparkle and needing less cleaning.  White sapphires are still beautiful, but if you want diamond like, it is not the best choice for an alternative to diamonds, IMO.

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