Which Engagement Ring Stone is the Least Expensive?

When comparing a Natural Diamond, a Lab Diamond, and a Moissanite, how do you know which one to choose?

There are different reasons why people decide on a certain stone. It ranges from personal preferences to economical benefits to looking at what's in your wallet.

To help you confidently pick your engagement stone, we're going to compare three different styles of rings below and their prices. Hear us- we ADORE them all. They each have their own story and benefit. At the end of the day, the stone you choose comes down to what YOU are wanting.

But for now, let us introduce three beautiful rings.✨


Stone #1: The Treasure 2 | Natural Brilliant Diamond

  • $18,500
  • 1.99ct Round Natural Brilliant Diamond
  • Color H
  • Clarity i1 (aka the clarity of the diamond is clean to the naked eye)

Stone #2: The Illusion | Lab Diamond*
  • $7,926
  • 1.95ct Lab Diamond
  • Color H
  • VS1 Clarity (very high clarity)

Stone #3: Shine Bright | Moissanite
  • $2,590
  • 2ct Round Moissanite
  • G-H Color

Did you notice anything?

Each of these rings are virtually the same in carat weight (color and clarity will have an impact on price as well).

Do you notice the pattern in price changes? The Natural Brilliant Diamond is the highest, then drops under half of its price to the Lab Diamond, and then the Lab Diamond drops under half of its price to the Moissanite. Pretty drastic, huh?

Why the price difference? 

Well, many reasons and one of them being how they are made. Natural Diamonds are the most expensive because of the production it takes to find the diamonds in the Earth. Lab Diamonds are less expensive as they are created in a lab, but more expensive than Moissanites because they have the same exact chemical composition as a Natural Diamond. Lab Diamonds are graded and certified like a Natural Diamond. A Moissanite is also created in a lab, but it is created with a different chemical composition than that of a diamond for it is its own gemstone. Although similar, Moissanites are not certified or graded in the same way as a diamond. 

Natural Diamonds have always held their value or even increased in value over the years. With Lab Diamond and Moissanites both being relatively new to the gemstone market, it is uncertain whether they will hold their value as a Natural Diamond will.  

Tell us more about Moissanites! 

Moissanites have many great qualities and being at a lower price point is absolutely one of them. They are similar to diamonds as they are durable stones (hello 9.25 on the Mohs Scale), have the classic white gemstone look (hello ageless beauty), and even have extra sparkle (hello double refraction). Moissanites are not diamonds; however, they behold extraordinary beauty that is so similar to a diamond that the average person is not able to tell the difference between the two stones.

So... the bottom line?

What's the best decision for YOU? Any of the 3 are truly out of this world and when you pick the one that is your dreams come true, it will radiantly slip onto your finger. If Moissanites are what's the best option for you, trust us when we say: they are excellent stones!


*The pricing and specs came from a Custom Design order of the Illusion created with a Lab Diamond.