Is sapphire cheaper than diamond?
As you may have already guessed, sapphire engagement rings are more affordable than those with diamonds. … On average, though, a one-carat sapphire will cost less than a one-carat diamond. Blue sapphires are the most expensive color because they’re the most sought after.
Is sapphire or diamond more rare?
Sapphires are much rarer than diamonds, but not as rare as gem-quality emeralds or rubies. However, there are some types of sapphire that are dramatically rare, such as the orange and pink padparadscha sapphire. These outrank even the emerald and the ruby.
What gem is better than a diamond?
Quartz. As one of the most common gemstone minerals, quartz or rock crystal makes a very affordable diamond alternative. While its beauty will never rival that of a well-cut diamond, some lapidaries can polish a quartz so that it looks better than a mediocre diamond.