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Diamonds have always been a popular choice for engagement rings, known for their enduring beauty and status symbol. In recent years, we’ve noticed the demand for diamond alternatives has been on the rise, and we at True Bijoux have lots of options to offer. Many people are turning to gems like moissanites, sapphires, spinels, lab-grown diamonds and even estate or pre-loved diamonds as more sustainable, ethical, and cost-effective options for engagement rings. In this blog, we'll explore these diamond alternatives and their unique features to help you decide which option is the best for you.


Moissanites are lab-created gemstones made of silicon carbide that closely resemble diamonds in appearance and durability and come in a wide variety of colour such as green, grey, blue and purple to name a few. They are affordable, durable, and have a brilliant sparkle, making them an excellent choice for  engagement rings. With a hardness of 9.25 on the Mohs scale, 

Moissanites are resistant to scratching and chipping, making them suitable for everyday wear. They provide a stunning yet a budget-friendly choice for those who want a dazzling gemstone with a unique sparkle that is different from traditional diamond.

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Sapphires are gemstones made of corundum, known for there stunning colors. They form in different hues, including blue, pink, yellow, and green and with a durability (a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale) they make a popular choice for engagement rings for the couple who wants to stand out above the tradional diamond.

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Spinels are stunning gemstones that form in a variety of vivid colors, including red, blue, pink, purple, and black. What makes spinels even more special is that they are rarely treated, allowing their natural colors to shine. Their wide range of colors allows for creative and unique designs, making them a perfect choice for  engagement ring that is uniquely yours. Whether you're looking for an engagement ring or a new colour piece of jewelry, spinels offer an affordable and beautiful option that adds a touch of individuality to your jewelry collection.

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Lab Grown Diamonds 

Lab-grown diamonds are created using advanced technology in a controlled environment, replicating the natural process of diamond formation. They cost much less than naturally-forming diamonds, making them a popular choice for jewelry and engagement rings. Lab-grown diamonds possess the same high-quality characteristics as natural diamonds and can be customized in various sizes, shapes, and colors. They are visually indistinguishable from natural diamonds, so expect that brilliance and sparkle diamonds are known for. By choosing lab-grown diamonds, you can have a beautiful, durable and meaningful piece of jewelry or engagement ring at a lower price.

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Estate Diamonds 

Estate or pre-loved diamonds are the most sustainable option as they reduce the demand for newly mined diamonds plus they are typically priced lower than new diamonds so they are often a more budget-friendly option. By choosing estate or a pre-loved diamonds, you can also contribute to ethical considerations by mitigating the demand for new diamonds and supporting a more sustainable approach to diamond consumption. 

Furthermore, estate or pre-loved diamonds offer the same quality and durability as newly mined diamonds, as they do not degrade over time. They are a responsible choice for those looking for environmentally-friendly, cost-effective, and ethical diamond options. With estate or pre-loved diamonds, you can have a stunning and meaningful engagement ring that align with your values. 

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As you can see, there are plenty of fabulous diamond alternatives for engagement rings that offer affordability, sustainability, and unique features. You can explore our wide range of options at True Bijoux in Ottawa location or schedule on-line consultation and find the perfect engagement ring that aligns with your values and style. 

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