AD – Collaborative post // Have you ever paused to notice that moissanite gemstones are now dominating the engagement scene? Perhaps, you have not noticed the glaring trend. Couples consider these crystals must-haves for engagements and weddings due to their numerous eye-catching features and properties. And here is the finisher, a moissanite jewel gives you value for your money.
Photo by Alekon pictures on Unsplash
In what way? You may ask. For a fraction of a diamond, you could own a moissanite gemstone with the same qualities. Hence, there is always a piece of this precious stone for everyone. Let’s find out more about the world of moissanite.
Introducing Moissanite to the Scene
Moissanite exists in its natural state as Silicon Carbide (SiC). Discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan, a one-time chemist and pharmacist, this compound occurs in various rock formations in the world, including the Green River Formation in Wyoming. Yet, they are rare. As such, lad scientists have to produce them in the lab to meet the ever-growing market demand.
When you compare a moissanite side by side with a diamond, the former has more sparkles than the latter – thanks to its double-refractive properties. Additionally, it comes in several shapes and sizes. What this means is that you get limitless options to customize your moissanite engagement ring, wedding ring, encrusted timepiece, and other accessories.
Factors to Consider When Purchasing Moissanite
Many qualities endear moissanite to the hearts of jewellers worldwide, ranging from brilliance to pricing. To begin with, let’s discuss toughness (durability). Do you know that this gemstone is the second toughest material on the planet, next to diamonds? It hard a Mohs hardness rating of 9.5, while its counterpart sits at 10. As such, you can use your moissanite jewel for a lifetime without worrying about scratches, chips, and cracks. Other jewels, like rubies and emeralds, are at the lower end of the spectrum.
Another factor you can’t ignore about moissanite is its affordability. It costs a fraction of a diamond, given that both jewels have the same shape and carat weight. A 1 carat GIA certified diamond that would set you back by $5,000 would only cost you $650 for its moissanite replacement. With $1,500, you could get a moissanite option of a 3-carat oval diamond worth $30,000. Hence, you don’t only get value from your moissanite ring, you also do that at a cheaper price.
Colour Options to Select
You can get moissanite in a wide range of colour options, including yellow, grey, and white. Also, worth noting is the fact that some of the gemstones may spot greyish, greenish, or yellowish tints, which not many people would like. Nevertheless, that problem is out of the scene, as Charles & Colvard has introduced the Forever Brilliant Colourless and Near Colourless.
The Forever One Colourless sits in the D-E-F colour range and has the colourless appearance of a classic diamond – ice white. The Near Colourless option falls in the G-H-I colour range and takes on the diamond colour payoff.
With moissanite, you no longer have to save up for several months before you can afford an engagement ring for your would-be spouse. You can get the brilliance, radiance, and toughness of a diamond for a cheaper price tag. So, it’s high time you went out there to surprise your lover with the question.
Moissanite’s are also meant to be more sustainable to traditional diamonds too !
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever heard of Moissanite before but now I’m thinking would would anyone chose diamonds when this is the alternative? Almost as durable, more sparkly and cheaper? Yes please!
Moissanite is a great alternative for a diamond (they’re just so damn expensive). Honestly, most people wouldn’t even notice the difference.
All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)
The ring in the photo is beautiful! I learned a lot reading this and will pass the information along. 🙂