Diamond Alternatives

People come to Daniel Diamonds because they want something different, and they know we can help them design that perfect piece of jewelry that speaks to their style and their values. That is why we offer a wide range of center stone options to our clients.

Mined Diamonds

Mined diamonds, or “natural” diamonds are what most people think of when they go diamond shopping. We have a large selection of mined diamonds in stock in various shapes, sizes and qualities. If we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, we can get it! We compare dozens of diamonds in order to find the most brilliant and beautiful diamond for you.

Lab Created Diamonds

Laboratory created diamonds have made waves in the jewelry industry lately, as they have rapidly grown in popularity. Many people are drawn to them for social reasons, environmental reasons, or simply because of the cost savings they provide. Much like an earth mined diamond, no two lab created diamonds are alike. They are created in a factory, starting with a tiny seed crystal. By using either high pressure, high temperature, or chemical vapor deposition methods, a rough diamond crystal is grown. From that diamond rough, a beautiful faceted gem is cut. Lab created diamonds are grown in a variety of colors and clarities, and contrary to popular belief, the resulting gems are not always perfect, so we look high and low to source the most beautiful lab created diamonds for your custom project. Any of our designs can be customized using 100% lab created diamonds. Are you hoping to see a certain shape or size in person before committing? Please call ahead so that we can get the perfect stone in just for you.


Moissanite is a gem that was first discovered in a meteor crater in Arizona by scientist Henri Moissan. In its natural form, moissanite is incredibly rare, so virtually all moissanite that you see in jewelry is created in a labratory. Colorless moissanite is a popular choice for engagement rings, but many people are unaware that moissanite can be grown in a rich green color, yellow, and black.

Moisannite is popular because of its durability, brilliance, and price. It is significantly less expensive than a diamond, but equally brilliant in its own special way. Moissanite is known for its rainbow flashes which differentiate it from a diamond. It is a 9.5 on the mohs scale, meaning it is harder than a sapphire, and makes a great choice for a center stone in an engagement ring.

We offer moissanite as an affordable engagement ring option in any shape, and any size. We can even custom cut moissanite to your exact specifications.


If colorless diamonds and moissanite just aren’t your thing, you might find yourself leaning toward using more colorful gemstones in your custom jewelry piece. Did you know that sapphires come in nearly any color of the rainbow? From traditional blues to baby pinks, vibrant oranges, sunny yellows, or muted greens, we have a large selection of sapphires in a variety of shapes. We have the resources to acquire any size, shape or color gemstone your heart desires.

Sapphires make a fantastic choice for an engagement ring center stone because they are incredibly durable. While sapphires are not quite as damage resistant as diamonds, they are by far, one of the best choices for a brightly colored engagement ring center stone. Engagement rings are subject a lot of wear and tear, so it is extremely important to choose a special piece that fits your lifestyle, and will stand the test of time.


Do you have your heart set on a gemstone that we didn’t mention? From Alexandrite to Zircon, we can help! We have a large selection of loose gems, and the connections to source anything. Contact us today, and we will get to work finding your dream gem.