White Diamond Alternatives

White Diamond Alternatives

As much as we LOVE white diamonds at Sarah Lee Jewelry, there are a variety of other choices that are great option to make a truly unique engagement ring! 

Whether the stone you desire is natural or laboratory grown, we can source just about any type and shape of gemstone that you want. Even extremely rare stones such as padparadscha sapphires, natural alexandrites, true Pairiba tourmalines, and natural Argyle Pink Diamonds just to name a few. Message us, give us a challenge! We would love to source the PERFECT stone for you!


Even if you are already married, and maybe you just want a beautiful colored stone fashion piece. Not a problem! We will source the stone(s) and build you the custom colored stone piece of your dreams!

Some beautiful alternatives to white diamonds include:


Alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. Its color can be a lovely green in daylight or fluorescent light, changing to brownish or purplish red in the incandescent light from a lamp or candle flame. Alexandrite’s dramatic color change is sometimes described as “emerald by day, ruby by night.” Other gems also change color in response to a light-source change, but this gem’s transformation is so striking that the phenomenon itself is often called “the alexandrite effect.”


Aquamarine is the green-blue to blue variety of the mineral beryl. (Emerald is the green to bluish green variety of the same mineral.) Its color is usually a light pastel greenish blue. Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. Aquamarine was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages.

Black Diamond

Black diamonds occur in nature, but most commonly in the jewelry trade are produced by taking a natural diamond of lower quality and super heating it to give the stone a mirrored black finish. Black diamonds give a stunning affect when paired with contrasting white diamonds and are affordable at nearly any budget.

Ceylon Blue Sapphire

Ceylon blue sapphires come in light to medium shades of vibrant blue. Ceylon was the original name given by the Portuguese to the country that is now known as Sri Lanka. This area is known as being the best source in the world for producing this vibrant shade of blue sapphires. Ceylon Sapphires are often untreated meaning that they are not heated to enhance their color. This makes these stones very valuable.


Emerald is the green to bluish green variety of beryl, a mineral species that also includes aquamarine as well as beryls in other colors. Emerald is the most famous member of the beryl family. Legends endowed the wearer with the ability to foresee the future when emerald was placed under the tongue, as well as to reveal truth and be protected against evil spells. Wearing an emerald was believed to reveal the truth or falseness of a lover’s oath as well as make one an eloquent speaker.


Moissanite is what is known as a diamond simulant, meaning that it its artificially produced to look like diamond. At Sarah Lee Jewelry, we do not typically condone the use of diamond simulants rather than natural or laboratory grown diamonds, however, we are realistic that not everyone has the budget for a real diamond. This is perfectly fine! We recommend moissanite over other diamond simulants due to its durability and optical brilliance. With that said, even the highest quality moissanites are still visibly different to the naked eye. Most moissanites will display a light green hue, and all moissanites display a distinguishable purple flash that is not seen in diamonds (natural or lab grown). With that said, if you would like a moissanite for the center stone of your piece of jewelry, we will source for you the whitest and most diamond like option available.


Morganite is the pink to orange-pink variety of beryl, a mineral that includes emerald and aquamarine. Although morganite is rarer than aquamarine, large cut stones are readily available on today’s market. That’s probably because morganite hasn’t been promoted to the jewelry-buying public nearly as widely as aquamarine or emerald. Although Morganite is mined all over the world, Madagascar sets the standard for the best material. That location’s yield of magenta-colored rough is superior to crystals from other sources.

Fancy Color Diamonds

Diamonds in the normal color range are colorless through light yellow and are described using the industry’s D-to-Z color-grading scale. Fancy color diamonds, on the other hand, are yellow and brown diamonds that exhibit color beyond the Z range, or diamonds that exhibit any other color face-up. These rare specimens come in every color of the spectrum, including, blue, green, pink, and red among many others.

Padparadscha Sapphire

The color range of a padparadscha sapphires falls within a mix of 2 colors: pink and orange. “Padparadscha” is an ancient Sanskrit word used to describe the color of a tropical lotus flower. One of the rarest gemstones of the world, Padparadscha sapphires are rivaled by no other gemstone species or color substitute.

Pink Sapphire

Pink sapphires have been exponentially increasing in popularity as a modern and extremely flattering colored gemstone. The color pink exudes femininity and delicacy, coupled with an inner resilience and strength. All the various shades of pink sapphires are also some of the most universally complementary to all skin tones.

Royal Blue Sapphire

Royal blue sapphire belongs to the mineral species corundum. Royal Blue describes the most coveted shade of sapphires that falls between a medium and navy blue. For centuries, royal blue sapphires have been associated with royalty and romance. The association was reinforced in 1981, when Britain’s Prince Charles gave a royal blue sapphire engagement ring to Lady Diana Spencer. Until her death in 1997, Princess Di, as she was known, charmed and captivated the world. Her royal blue sapphire ring helped link modern events with history and fairy tales.


Ruby is one variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes sapphire. Trace elements that become part of the mineral’s crystal structure cause variations in its color. Chromium is the trace element that causes ruby’s red, which ranges from an orangy red to a purplish red. Ruby is one of the most historically significant colored stones. Rubies are mentioned four times in the Bible, in association with attributes like beauty and wisdom. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ruby is called ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones.”

Salt and Pepper Diamonds

Salt and pepper diamonds have a unique beauty and splash of personality to go along with their name. The term ‘salt and pepper’ refers to the look of a particular diamond that features a mix of black and white inclusions. This mix creates one unique diamond after another with smoky and smooth speckled looks.

Yellow Sapphires

There is nothing quite as cheerful and breathtaking as a stunning yellow sapphire. Yellow sapphires are recognized as being the bearers of wisdom and prosperity, and play a major role in Vedic Astrology, which proscribes good luck and good energy as flowing from a yellow sapphire.

These are just a few white diamond alternatives for engagement rings or any other type of jewelry, but we can source any type of stone that you want! We source our stones directly from the cutters with suppliers all over the world!
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