Moissanite Engagement Rings
Engagement ring trends have seen a rise in popularity of alternatives to diamond engagement rings. Among the stones which are either new on the scene or are new altogether include, sapphires, lab-grown diamonds, morganite, and recently, moissanite. These alternatives are cheaper, just as sparkly as diamonds, often more ethical and very durable. But what exactly is moissanite? Keep reading to find out more!
The Basic Properties of Moissanite
Moissanite has quite a romantic origin story compared to other precious stones. It was first discovered by a French scientist when he found particles of the stone in a meteor crater. Naturally mined moissanite is therefore described as the gemstone born in the stars.
Unfortunately, naturally mined moissanite is incredibly rare because it is only found in a few meteor craters worldwide so the moissanite stone you would find at a jeweler or online are more likely to be lab made. The lab made versions are in no way inferior to the real thing though and are incredibly similar to one another. Moissanite is engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds but is different in terms of hardness, brilliance and color.
Hardness, Brilliance and Color
Moissanite scores just 0.75 points shy of diamonds on the Mohs scale of hardness and this makes them one of the hardest substances known to man. They are therefore very suitable for everyday wear as an engagement ring! In terms of brilliance, moissanite reflects light in a different way than diamonds. The stone, due to its unique crystalline structure, emit rainbow flashes of light instead of clear rays like a diamond would. This is one way of telling them apart.
While most moissanite stones are rated as colorless, the gems still project a slight yellow or gray hue in certain kinds of light. The larger the stone the more noticeable the color.
Price and Sourcing
Like any other stone which is an alternative to diamonds, the cost of moissanite is drastically lower in price. Price does vary depend on which lab they are grown in, if they are naturally mined or not, their size, color and clarity rating. Because the majority of moissanite is produced artificially, consumers have peace-of-mind that they are conflict free gemstones and have the added benefit of being eco-friendly. Lab-grown stones have increased in popularity for these reasons since consumers have become more socially conscious of where their products come from and what is the result of the product’s production.
Moissanite Vs Diamonds
Moissanite is the closest to a diamond in terms of durability and brilliance but it is not a ‘fake diamond’. Something like cubic zirconia’s (CZs) are purposefully made to simulate diamonds but lab-grown moissanite is made to replicate naturally mined moissanite stones which are different to diamonds. Choosing a moissanite engagement ring or moissanite jewelry would therefore be as a more affordable and ethical alternative to diamond jewelry.
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