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Can You Tell The Difference Between Diamond and White Sapphire?

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When it comes to choosing a precious stone for your jewelry, the options can seem overwhelming. Diamonds have long been the traditional choice, but other stones like white sapphires are becoming increasingly popular. If you're trying to decide between a white sapphire and a diamond for your jewelry, it's important to understand the differences between the two.

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Above: Radiant Cut Lab-Grown Diamonds

The Look

There is a significant visible contrast between a diamond and a white sapphire. Although both stones are colorless or "white," they exhibit distinct differences in their brilliance, which is the white sparkle, and fire, which is the colored sparkle. Additionally, they differ in their ability to handle dirt and oil. Nonetheless, each gem possesses its own distinctive appearance and beauty!

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Above: White Lab-Grown Diamonds

Sparkly & Supremely Durable

First, let's talk about diamonds. Diamonds are priced for their unparalleled brilliance and sparkle. They are formed from carbon that has been subjected to high pressure and temperature. The result is a stone that is incredibly hard and durable, with a high refractive index that gives it that trademark sparkle. They also have the ability to shine through dirt, oil, and even low light conditions.

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Above: White Lab-Grown Diamond Earrings

Elegant, Royal, Durable & Highly Affordable

White sapphires, on the other hand, are a type of corundum - the same mineral that produces rubies. While sapphires are typically associated with deep blue hues (think Lady Diana's engagement ring), white sapphires are a colorless variety that can mimic the appearance of a diamond. They can appear similar to diamonds at first glance, but upon closer inspection may lack the same level of brilliance and fire.

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Above: The ring in the middle features White Sapphires, whereas the rings at the top and the bottom holds small white Lab-Grown Diamonds

Sapphires are hard and durable, making them a popular choice for engagement rings and other jewelry. Those who have faith in gemstone folklore will also appreciate white sapphire's capacity to bring clarify to your mind. Lastly, sapphire's royal pedigree adds a distinctive touch of elegance to an engagement ring featuring a white sapphire.

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Above: White Sapphire Ring, our Baby Bohemian Girl

White Sapphire vs Diamond: What’s Right for You?

Apart from brilliance, one of the biggest differences between diamonds and white sapphires is their cost. Diamonds are generally more expensive due to their perceived rarity and popularity.

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White sapphires, on the other hand, are more affordable and can be a great alternative for those on a budget.

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Above: Pear Cut White Lab-Grown Diamond

It's also important to consider the ethical implications of your stone choice. Diamonds have long been associated with conflict and exploitation, while white sapphires are generally considered a more ethical option.

Luckily, Nangi offers sustainable lab-grown diamonds, which makes both options ethical.

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Above: Green Sapphire vs White Lab-Grown Diamond

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Which One Should I Choose?

Ultimately, the choice between a white sapphire and a diamond comes down to personal preference and budget. While diamonds are still the traditional choice for engagement rings and other fine jewelry, white sapphires offer a more affordable and ethical alternative without sacrificing too much in terms of beauty and durability.

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Above: White Lab-Grown Diamonds

Whether you choose a diamond or a white sapphire for your jewelry, make sure to choose a reputable jeweler who can help you select a high-quality stone that will last a lifetime.

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Above: White Sapphire Ring, our Bohemian Girl

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