Gemstones that Look Like Diamonds – Best Diamond Lookalikes for Less

White Topaz one of the gem stones that look like diamonds

Is there a Gemstone that looks like diamond but costs less?

Some of our clients love to know what gemstones look like diamonds. There are many clear white gemstones with a similar appearance to diamond. Despite their hardness and durability, many buyers seek a more affordable diamond alternative. Combined with Platinum or Gold, this can be an effective way to reduce the cost of an engagement ring or item of jewellery.

White Topaz – an affordable diamond lookalike

White Topaz is an affordable diamond alternative available in many shapes and sizes. White Topaz looks like diamond. It lacks the refractive beauty of diamond but is far more affordable than diamond. We have one example of White Topaz featured on our limited edition gemstones of our website. White Topaz lacks the hardness of diamond and for this reason, it will never be quite as resilient as a diamond, but provides a similar appearance.

Swarovski Crystal – looks like a diamond perfectly faceted and ideal cut

Our Swarovski Crystal diamond alternatives can be added to most of our designs. Furthermore, we set Swarovski Crystal into most of our designs. For this reason, we can offer a 950 Platinum engagement ring with the look of a 2 carat solitaire ring for less than £1000.00. Swarovski crystal is the least expensive diamond alternative and is affordable to replace when worn. Although less durable and easily worn, it costs very little to re-set a new stone in later years.

Interesting fact – Our Swarovski  Crystal alternatives are modelled on an Ideal cut diamond? In addition, they feature a microscopic stamp to ensure they are easily identified. 

Lila shown with a large Swarovski Crystal looks like diamond.

View an example with the Lila design and select the Swarovski Crystal alternative to look like a diamond.

Moissanite as an alternative to diamond

Commercial Moissanite is created in a laboratory. It is created from Silicon Carbide and provides a less expensive stone that looks like diamond. Moissanite features double refraction giving it a different look to a real diamond. Prices for Moissanite are much higher than other lookalike diamonds and compare to low clarity diamond prices. For this reason, buyers might decide to purchase a low clarity, or low colour diamond instead.

Spinel as a diamond alternative

Spinel is available in many different colours including white and transparent. Natural Spinel is far more expensive than Synthetic Spinel which is more plentiful and available in most colours at a much lower cost.

Colorless Beryl (Goshenite)

Colourless Beryl is relatively inexpensive without any colour as the name suggests. Beryl exists in many different colours and colourless is just one option for a Gemstone that looks like diamond. We have various limited edition examples of Beryl on our website, and we can source specific gemstones to order. Just contact us for help and information.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.