3 Popular Alternatives to Diamonds

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Diamonds are typically featured as the star of engagement rings, wedding bands, and other classic jewelry, but this doesn’t mean they’re the perfect choice for every woman. If you’re interested in buying something other than diamonds, or selling pieces from your jewelry collection, take a look at these popular diamond alternatives you can find at a precious metals dealer:

  • Pearls:
    Pearls have long served as a symbol for femininity. These unique gemstones are the only kind that is produced by a living animal: the mollusk. Like diamonds, pearls provide a natural beauty and wonder, adding to their mystery and charm. Though the classic pearly-white color is commonly associated with these sea treasures, pearls actually come in a wide variety of colors, including black, purple, and gold! Pearls also come in a variety of shapes—perfectly round pearls are actually extremely rare.
  • Emeralds:
    The birthstone for the month of May, emeralds are also one of the most dazzling of all natural gemstones! The stunning green color typically associated with these gemstones is due to trace amounts of chromium found inside of the mineral beryl. Flawless emeralds are extremely rare, but many collectors, buyers, and sellers prefer emeralds with flaws. This is because there is an assortment of artificial emeralds available to consumers, and flaws tend to prove an emerald’s authenticity.
  • Sapphires:
    These gemstones come in a wide variety of colors—in fact, they can be found in every color except for red and pinkish-orange. The most popular sapphires feature a captivating blue color. This beautiful hue gives this gemstone a classic and romantic appearance, making them a great choice for any type of jewelry. Blue sapphires also hold the distinction of being the most valuable and precious blue gemstones.

At Coins of the Realm, our team of precious metals and gemstones dealers will help you learn more about the most popular alternatives to diamonds. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, we can help! Give us a call today at (301) 340-1640 to find out more.


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