Art Deco Herkimer Diamond

Clear Quartz As A Diamond Substitute-Will It Work?

With so many pretty diamond alternatives on the market, it’s easy to see which ones give you the type of sparkle your heart desires in an engagement ring. The fascinating part about gemstones is that many colored versions can be found as clear ones as well.  However, not all of them make good choices for engagement rings. If dazzle and brilliance is what you are looking for, it makes sense to learn what you can about clear gemstones.

What Is Clear Quartz?

Clear Quartz Geode
Clear Quartz Geode by Jan Helebrant, CC BY-SA 2.0

Clear Quartz, or Rock Crystal as it is sometimes called, is a member of the silica dioxide mineral family. The stones make lovely bracelets, earrings, and even rings. They are popular with people who enjoy using substances from the Earth for healing and meditation. Although Rock Crystals are popular with those who have an interest in metaphysics, if they are faceted in a quality way, they may be appealing in Bridal jewelry settings.

The Typical Clear Quartz Stone May Lack Fire-Shopping Around Is Key

Searching for Clear Quartz rings that have enough refractive qualities to make a good fake diamond can be a challenge. It may be beautiful as the Birthstone for April, but may not have as many light-catching facets as Moissanite or top-quality Cubic Zirconia. However, even though it is difficult to find extra-sparkly Quartz stones, it hasn’t stopped women from embracing them in bridal ring settings.

The Pros And Cons Of This Gemstone

There are a few positive traits about Clear Quartz jewelry as well as some not-so-fabulous things to consider. I will start off with a few negatives :

  1. Finding a Clear Quartz ring that has beautiful refraction is very, very challenging. If you are looking for one  that plays with the light like other clear stones, you may have a bit of a let down.
  2. On the Mohs scale of hardness, it is a 7.
  3. One of the biggest drawbacks are the massive carat weights found on most rings.

Even though Crystal Quartz may fall behind Moissanite or Cubic Zirconia in popularity, it still has a fan base out there. Here are a few positives:

  1. For the price, they could work well as a temporary engagement ring.
  2. Some may chose this particular stone as a bridal ring because of its connotations to healing.
  3. It suits the avant-garde and non-traditional person that enjoys being unique and different.

Crystal Quartz Rings By Anemone Jewelry Are Interesting To Browse Through

Rectangular Crystal Quartz RingMarquise Quartz Crystal Ring in Rose GoldAnemone Jewelry has a large selection of Crystal Quartz rings. It’s interesting to view the different designs and consider whether they would work as an engagement ring. Carat sizes run very, very large as you can see on their Crystal Quartz ring page.

Exploring Herkimer Diamonds-Another Reason To Love New York

Art Deco Herkimer DiamondYou may see the name Herkimer Diamonds mentioned when searching for information about Clear Quartz. I find these stones to be absolutely fascinating and you might too. If you enjoy conversation starters, Herkimer rings fit the bill.

Shown here:  Art Deco Herkimer Diamond by The Green Gem Company

Although these fascinating stones give us a new option for ring designs,  they may not satisfy the lady who insists on a stone that gives off large fireworks of light refraction.

The real beauty of the Herkimer Diamond is the reminder of the richness of Mother Nature and the buried treasures she hides beneath our feet. You can actually hunt for your own at the Herkimer Diamond Mines in New York. You can also get wonderful ideas for ring designs browsing through  their website on the Loose Herkimer Diamonds page. 

 Clear Quartz  As A Diamond Substitute-Yes Or No?

Clear Quartz Ring-Holy Land Jewelry
Clear Quartz Ring-Holy Land Jewelry

To answer the question as to the viability of these gemstones to make good fake diamonds, my truthful answer is possibly. There is a lack of fire and brilliance in many faceted Quartz stones that is very obvious when compared to other diamond substitutes.

Pear Shape Crystal Quartz Engagement Rin
Pear Shape Crystal Quartz Engagement Ring-Holy Land Jewelry

On a more positive note, some companies manage to design Clear Quartz rings that bring out as much brilliance as possible. Holy Land Jewelry (based in Israel)  has a beautiful selection of designs and they ship worldwide.

You may enjoy browsing through their collection of Clear Quartz rings by visiting their Gemstone page.  Navigation is a little bit slow going, but the designs are all very lovely. The best part is that these stones are obviously brilliant and refractive.