(Closed) What looks like rough diamond but isn’t?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have no idea about the raw stones, but for your alternative, have you looked at star sapphires?  They come in almost every color.  It is my favorite stone and IMO it is one of the most beautiful.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Lamonir Star Sapphire Ring

Ya, I might have a few, LOL.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

You could also consider a moonstone. Here’s a picture of Anna Paquin’s e-ring. Its debated if its an actual diamond or a moonstone, my bet is on the moonstone. Its beautiful either way!!!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@VickyAurea: I don’t, but a medium blue one was my moms engagement ring.  I will have one, Darling Husband know them by heart what I want.  I was super not happy when he got my engagement ring ordered with a diamond.  We had them hold my ring for a few months for lack of cash to pick it up, it was custom designed for the wedding band Darling Husband made for me.  Darling Husband has been super sneaky lately and I have a feeling that he may have changed out the center stone.  Of course that could just be me getting my hopes up.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The closest thing I can think of to the rough diamond look is quartz.  I wouldn’t recommend it for an ering, though, because of its softness.  To give an example, amethyst is a type of quartz, and is strong enough to be used in jewelry, but wouldn’t hold up to everyday wear on a ring to the same extent that a raw diamond would.  What you could do is go with raw quartz when on a budget and then upgrade to raw diamond later down the road.  Or keep upgrading quartz every few years.  Moonstone wouldn’t hold up well down the road, either.  

Oh, just saw you don’t like the idea of quartz.  What about colorless quartz?  Perhaps a raw sapphire?  Star sapphires are pretty cool and come in different colors, may not have the “rough” diamond look you like, but would be neat.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I really like opal.  🙂  It doesn’t have a rough diamond look, but it’s white and iridescent.  Pearl is another option – for a long time I wanted a pearl engagement ring.

Zircon and topaz comes in clear/white as well… but they look more “finished” than rough.
 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I wouldn’t recommend opal at all. It is really beautiful and I have several of them but opal won’t take a daily use well – I had two rings with opals and both shattered within a year 🙁 Not what I would want in an engagement ring…

If you don’t want a diamond, I would recommend some stone from the corund family – ruby or sapphire – they come in all colors – even colorless if you like the clear look.

If you really want the “raw look” quartz in the clear variety (rock crystal) is actually a better chice than opal durability-wise – its hardness should be almost 7 whereas opal’s is only 5.5!

For me, my number one clear rock is Moissanite (hard, cheap, beautiful), than synthetic diamond (conflict-free, harder, almost as beautiful) and white sapphire (cheaper than diamond, still reasonably hard and still pretty enough) – I want my ring to last forever so I am only mentioning what I would choose for myself 😉

Post # 16
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Helper bee

You might want to look at white druzy quartz.  It has the rough look that you’re looking for.

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