Diamond appraisal

Even though natural diamond is natural, exceptionally beautiful and durable, customers choose to go-to alternatives for their engagement ring.  As an engagement ring is typically worn on a daily basis, over time, these materials maintain their beauty. Several alternatives have emerged into the market and today we see 6 main competitors that we analyzed for you!


Morganite stoneWhite sapphiresCubic ZirconiaNatural DiamondLab-grown diamond (synthetic)Swarovski Moissanite
Surnamepinky version of a diamondrare but not as rarethe counterfeit of the diamondThe ONE and onlythe same but 60% cheaper!the crystal choiceUnnatural version
Born
150 million yearsdays3 billion years ago daysdaysdays
Formed where?naturally6 to 18 miles underneath the surface of the earth
150-200km below the surface of the EarthIn a lab by 3 main methodsexclusively grown in a labexclusively grown in a lab
1ct = $500750203-5K800Can vary but more or less than 200500
ColorPeachy color / greenish tingecolorlessslightly less sparkly but displays more prismatic fireWhite to yellowish but shinesWhite to yellowish but shinesWhite to any other colorCan have yellow/green tint
LifeDoesn’t need to be replacedLast foreverLast forever“Diamond is forever”“Made to last”“Last forever”“Forever one”
Main compositevariety of beryl, a clear mineral that forms in hexagonal crystalsaluminum and oxygencubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2)CarbonCarbonmelting silicon oxide powders with lead to form what is known as lead crystalsilicon and carbon
Hardness7.5-89810106.79.25
refractive index / dispersion1.58-1.591.77,2.176 / 0.0602.417 / 0.0442.42 / 0.0441.5 to 1.72.65-2.69 /  0.104
gravity2.80 to 2.913.95-4.035.6 and 6.00.5-3.533.52
3.21

Sources:

Mined diamond vs. Grown diamond [source]

White Sapphire vs. Moissanite vs. Diamond [source]

Cubic Zirconia vs. Swarovski crystals [source]

Diamond vs. Moissanite [source]

Cubic Zirconia vs. Moissanite [source] [source]

Agape diamond vs. Cubic Zirconia [source

Cubic Zirconia [source]