Buying your ring is a HUGE decision! There are so many different designs to choose from. Each one with a different stone type, cut, color, and shape. It can definitely get overwhelming when there are so many options.
But have no fear! We are here to help you pick out the stone that is PERFECT for you! Style, budget, and environmental impact are some of the best ways to assess which stone is right for you. So here are some of our favorite white stones to work with:
The fan-favorite! Did you know the first diamond engagement ring in recorded history was given by Archduke Maximillian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy In 1477? We love diamonds for so many reasons!
Here are some of the pro's to a diamond:
- It is the hardest substance on earth. With a hardness of 10 these stones set the scale. It won't scratch (unless it comes head to head with another diamond!).
- We can source recycled stones! Diamonds have been in vouge for hundreds of years so there is a seemingly endless supply of vintage stones that sparkle just as much as they did when they were first cut. This is also the most eco-friendly option when sourcing a stone!
- They can be lab-grown! Science truly has come a long way since Maximillian because now we don't even need to mine the earth to find the perfect diamond. Lab-grown stones are budget-friendly, and chemically identical to earth-grown ones. Don't fall for the marketing ploys that say the only "real" diamond is one that is mined!
Some of the downsides of a diamond are:
- They can be very expensive. With popularity comes a cost - and the diamond industry is vast and huge.
- If you get a lab-grown stone it still has a significant environmental impact. It takes a lot of energy to produce a stone in a lab so if that energy isn't coming from a renewable resource it can have a significant carbon footprint.
- That's really it! Many of the downsides to buying diamonds in the past in regards to supporting the blood diamond trade and conflict overseas are not things we deal with. We only source diamonds from individuals we have had long-standing relationships with and seek to achieve the highest ethical standards in the industry.
We love white sapphires! Nearly identical to diamonds and easy to source these are a great choice for a stone. Because they are super budget friendly you can get a much larger stone for your budget if that's your dream!
Why we love white sapphires:
- We can get both natural and lab-grown options. Same as diamonds the lab-grown option is less expensive.
- It is almost as tough as a diamond! With a hardness of 9 it's super durable and ready for all of the adventures you will go on!
Something to consider about white sapphires is:
- They don't have the same sparkle as diamonds. This is also called "fire" or "brilliance" - if you want your stone to really sparkle and shine then a white sapphire isn't the best choice for you.
We are falling more in love with this sparkly stone every day! The first sample of this stone was discovered in a meteor crater - how cool is that? This space stone is now lab-grown and is a great alternative to diamonds!
Some great things about this stone are:
- They are super budget-friendly! They are a fraction of the cost of diamonds and are similar in cost to white sapphires.
- They are extra tough with a hardness of 9.25 and are great for everyday wear.
- Crazily enough they have more sparkle than a diamond! How amazing is that?
Some things you might not love are:
- It is not as colorless as a diamond can be. However this is only really noticeable in large stones.
- Because they are all lab-grown we can't often can't source them recycled. Growing stones in a lab still has a heavy environmental impact because of the large amount of energy it takes to create the stone.
- One thing jewelers often neglect to mention is that these stones will get cloudy over time and can lose their luster if not taken care of. This can be prevented and taken care of by keeping your ring clean! Check out this blog for lots of helpful tips.
Surprise! If you have heard of this stone you get bonus points! Also known as colorless beryl this stone is in the same family as emerald and morganite. It is found in New England and is quickly becoming our favorite white stone. Also fun fact the first eyeglasses lenses were made out of this stone!
The things we LOVE about it are:
- It's the least expensive option from this list. We make rings to be worn by everybody and if there is a ring that is out of your budget swapping the stone for a goshenite make it the perfect choice for you.
- It is locally sourced. When we can't source a vintage stone our preference is always to source from other small family-owned businesses. We can trace exactly where a goshenite stone was sourced from and have close relationships with the miners and cutters themselves.
- It is durable and great for everyday wear with a hardness of 8.
Some things we don't love:
- Like we said we haven't been able to source vintage goshenite stones yet but we are hoping to in the future!
- It doesn't have the same sparkle as diamonds or moissanite.
- While it has amazing clarity this can make it more suitable for non-traditional cuts. But our amazing stonecutters can cut whatever stone you choose in any shape you like.
Congratulations you made it to the end of today's gemstone class! Remember picking a stone is all about YOU we are here to offer advice and support you in any way we can. Feel free to email us with any questions you have and stay tuned for more gemstone posts soon!