Moissanite is a naturally occurring gemstone found in meteorites, but it’s so rare that it has to be created in a lab. With increased technology in the last few years it has gained massive popularity as an ethical diamond alternative and a gemstone option for engagement rings. Despit what some people may want you to believe, Moissanite is not a fake diamond, it is a gemstone in its own right. If you are considering whether or not to go with Moissanite, here are just a few of the benefits of choosing this gemstone for your engagement ring, so that you can decide if it’s the right stone for you.
Moissanite is Ethical
Since natural moissanite is so rare (only found in meteorites and some minuscule amounts are terrestrial) it has to be created in a lab. PSA: Just because something is made in a lab doesn’t mean it’s fake. Naturally found moissanite and lab grown moissanite are the exact same thing visually, chemically, physcially – their origin is just different. But because the moissanite on the market today is made in the lab, you can rest assured knowing that no human rights were violated in the creation of that stone. It also means that moissanite was not mined, so no ecosystems were harmed in the obtaining of this gemstone either. You know exactly where that stone came from and you know that the people growing that stone were paid a fair wage (if you buy moissanite grown in the US).
Moissanite is Sparkly
Because Moissanite has silicone in it’s structure, it has a refractive index that’s higher than diamonds. In layman’s terms, moissanites are much more sparkly than their diamond counterparts. Moissanite also gives off a more colorful, rainbow sparkle whereas a diamond’s sparkle is less saturated in hue. It’s really just up to personal preference which you like better. If you are someone who loves bling, this could be a winning factor.
You can see in this video that the moissanite has a lot more fire and brilliance, and the sparkle it gives off has a hue of colors, in contrast to the sparkle of the diamond.
Moissanite is Durable
Moissanites rank as a 9.25 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, that means they are harder than sapphires, rubies, and emeralds, which are all durable stone options. It will last through everyday wear and tear without scratching, breaking, or chipping as easily as softer gemstones. This hardness makes it an ideal choice for an engagement ring as you’re going to be wearing your engagement ring everyday. Diamonds are still the most durable stone on the market however, ranking a 10 on the Mohs Scale.
Moissanite is Budget-Friendly
When compared to diamonds, moissanites are much more friendly to your budget. If you want the look of a larger stone but don’t have the budget for it, then moissanite is a great option for getting that maxed out bling look without maxing out your budget However, moissanite is not cheap. It’s still a gemstone in its own right and has a high quality and durability, so don’t expect to be paying CZ prices. If you are, double check where that stone is coming from and if it’s a purchase you really want to make. Moissanite coming from countries other that the US is made under different laws and standards, and may not really be moissanite at all.
Can you tell which one of these rings is a diamond? Lab grown diamond? Moissanite?
No one will be able to tell it’s not a diamond
Moissanites are considered diamond alternatives even though they are their own gemstone because they look so similar to diamonds. Unless you are somebody who works with jewelry and has a trained eye for that sort of thing, they will look the same. If you are worried about somebody making a nasty comment or judging you in some way because you have a moissanite instead of diamond, don’t be. If you don’t tell them it’s highly unlikely that they will ever know the difference.
Both moissanites and diamonds are great choices for an engagement ring. It really just depends which one better suits your values, your style, your budget, and your needs. There is no right or wrong answer here, so go with the stone option that you feel is calling to you. Don’t let anyone else’s opinion cloud your judgement about what is a “right” or “wrong” engagement ring choice because at the end of the day, you are the person who is going to be wearing your ring and so your opinion should be the one that matters most of all.