Diamonds may last forever, but they don’t hold a candle to Moissanite engagement rings. More and more people are choosing such alternatives for wedding sets because of the stone’s unique look and beauty. These stones are not only gorgeous to look at, but they are also great for the environment and are more brilliant than most diamonds.
Contrary to popular belief, a Moissanite is not a fake diamond, and it has been around for a couple of decades. The stone was discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist who extracted pieces of the gem from a crater that was made by a deteriorate in Arizona. The gem was deemed a diamond at first, but on closer inspection, he discovered that it was made of silicon carbide.
While naturally occurring Moissanite (that comes from actual meteorites) is quite rare, scientists have successfully replicated it to create a sustainable gemstone that is versatile enough to make fine pieces of jewelry outshine others in the market. Here are some more facts about this amazing gemstone that has jewelers and couples going gaga.
Moissanite gemstones are considered to be one of the hardest stones out there and second only to diamonds. They are way more durable than sapphires and even rubies, which make them ideal for daily wear. Besides the ability to withstand prolonged exposure, moissanite cannot get scratched or break easily. With a 9.25 rating on the Mohs scale, is there any wonder why? Diamonds come in at number one the scale! Needless to say, this stone is incredibly resilient to the elements, and it can withstand abuse without losing its shine.
Perfect for Jewelry
Even though it is quite tough, moissanite is versatile enough to fit any type of fine jewelry in a range of styles. Whether you are looking for a simple or an elaborate engagement ring for that special someone, you should consider getting one that has this stone. The intense sparkle adds a glamorous element even to the simplest ensemble.
In fact, this stone is quickly replacing the diamond for engagement rings for young couples who want an elegant piece of jewelry that does not have a carbon footprint as such. The non-traditional stone is ideal for couples who want a unique touch to their nuptials. Moissanite is actually suitable for any type of ring setting you want. Since it is quite hardy, the stone does not need additional protection, which means it can be set in delicate styles such as solitaire without damaging it. Just like a diamond, it can work with any metal color such as white gold and yellow.
Even though moissanite’s grade is dependent on its color, that doesn’t mean that you should disregard its cut. A stone that is cut properly enhances sparkle after all. However, since the stone’s optical features are different compared to a diamond, it needs to be cut differently as well.
While moissanite can be cut in almost any common gem shape, the round brilliant cut is one of the most popular ones that couples go for. That’s because this cut enhances the fire of the store and can take a lot of abuse, making it perfect for daily wear. Other cuts you can go for include cushion, the classic heart, radiant, and marquis. If you want an emerald cut, make sure that the moissanite that is used is tint-free and cut to proportion.
Carat Size Differences
Even though it looks like a diamond, a moissanite is denser in comparison which means that it is also heavier than a diamond. When comparing the two of them with the same carat weight, the moissanite will look smaller. In other words, when you are shopping for jewelry that has this unique gem stone, don’t be confused if the vendor measures your choice according to carat weight. Some may even measure its value according to its size or by millimeters.
Moissanite is known for its dazzling sparkle, which also creates a rainbow effect when the light hits it just right. The gemstone gives off a fiery flash of color when it is seen under natural light. This is due to its high Refractive Index (2.65).
The stone disperses light quite well and way better than a diamond. Plus, grease and dirt slide right off it, which allows it to retain its signature sparkle for longer between cleanings. If you don’t want the rainbow effect, you can always go for a ring that has a smaller moissanite in it.
Even though certified diamonds are graded according to the color they have and are compared accordingly, the same cannot be said about the moissanite. That’s because the gemstone is colorless and many believe that its ‘color’ resembles that of a K-color, GIA certified diamond.
The smaller the gemstone, the more colorless it will look, which is how diamonds are judged as well. However, under special light, the moissanite can give off a greenish or yellowish hue. If you want a stone that has little to no color, you should go for the Forever Brilliant moissanite. These are great options for engagement rings since they are not as yellow as the classic variety. In fact, it is often confused with an H-color, GIA certified diamond because of this.
The bottom line is that if you are looking for an affordable gemstone option for an engagement ring that will make your loved one’s eyes sparkle with happiness, then you should go for the moissanite option. There are a range of styles you can choose from to fit their aesthetic preferences.
Whether you want an oval cut, princess cut, emerald cut, pear cut, or any other cut, you can find a moissanite ring that speaks to you on a personal level. Diamonds are overrated anyway. Make the proposal extra special with a unique gemstone that shows your beloved how special they are to you.
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