The Diamond’s Sparkling Alternatives


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The Diamond’s Sparkling Alternatives

Everyone knows that diamonds are “a girl’s best friend”, and all of the attention and praise that they receive for their great beauty and exquisite sparkle is certainly justified. But there are plenty of other gorgeous colorless gemstones that deserve your attention (and a place in your jewelry box) too. Whether they are being used as accent stones or a jewel’s primary gemstone, rock crystals, white topazes, and white sapphires all bring a lot of rich sparkle and adorn some of the most beautiful pieces we have to offer at Thomas Laine.

Rock Crystal

Rock crystal is a variety a quartz that, when faceted, gives off a beautiful shine. Here are some stunning sterling silver jewels from Monica Rich Kosann and Thomas Laine Confetti that feature this pretty gem.


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Sterling Silver Rock Crystal Locket Necklace


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Sterling Silver Single Row Rock Crystal Braclet


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Sterling Silver Rock Crystal Double Drop Confetti Earring

White Topaz

Topaz occurs in many different colors, but its colorless variety is often used in jewelry to great effect, especially when paired with white sapphires as accent stones. The jewels from Suzanne Kalan and Thomas Laine Pearls demonstrate their beauty and versatility.


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White Gold Round White Topaz and White Sapphire Starburst Necklace


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White Gold White Topaz and White Sapphire Filigree Drop Earrings


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Sterling Silver White Topaz Teardrop and Freshwater Pearl Necklace

White Sapphires

Because of sapphires’ extreme hardness, the facet edges on white sapphires are very precise, lending them an almost diamond-like sparkle. This White Sapphire Cluster Necklace from Suzanne Kalan, for example, gives you the look of a diamond solitaire pendant for a fraction of the price.


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Floating White Sapphire Starburst Mini Circle Necklace


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White Gold Thick Baby Hoop and White Sapphire Earrings


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White Sapphire Cluster Necklace

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