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Several years ago when my sister got engaged, they chose a moissanite ring instead of a diamond. At that point, I had never heard of this stone, and knew nothing about the conflict that was occurring within the diamond industry. When I first saw her ring in person, I thought it looked exactly like a diamond and didn’t notice any difference at all. The stone had all the beauty and clarity I was used to seeing in a diamond, and I was truly impressed with it’s stunning sparkle-factor!
I am a wedding florist in Chattanooga, Tennessee, so I interact with a ton of brides each year. Ans since my first interaction with moissanite years ago after my sister’s engagement, many of my clients have shared with me that they too chose moissanite. So, I started doing research to find out all the reasons why a couple would choose this alternative stone, and here’s what I found:
What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is a naturally occurring mineral, silicon carbide, that is found in very small quantities in the earth. Although moissanite exists in nature, it is so rare that it must be created in a lab to produce pieces large enough to cut into gemstones. When cut and faceted, moissanite is by definition, the world’s most brilliant gem (this refers to light refraction and sparkle). Learn more about the differences between Moissanite and Diamonds HERE.
If you have done any research at all about diamonds, you may have heard the term “conflict-free”. Did you know that in recent history there has been massive amounts of conflict and corruption within the diamond industry? The jewelry company Brilliant Earth explains; “Although many diamond-fueled wars have now ended, conflict diamonds remain a serious problem. In 2013, a civil war erupted in the Central African Republic, with both sides fighting over the country’s diamond resources. Thousands of people have died and more than a million have been displaced.”
For this reason and many more, some have chosen to look outside of the diamond engagement ring tradition. Jewelry companies have developed astonishing processes to create diamonds (made of carbon) and moissanite (made of silicon carbide) in a lab. These lab-created stones result in a more ethical and sustainable process, smaller carbon footprint, and best of all, a much lower price tag! There are many reasons to look outside of the traditional diamond engagement ring options, so we’re excited to share with you these 5 resources for beautiful moissanite engagement rings!
A Charles and Colvard ring is what recently peaked my interest in Moissanite engagement rings, years after my sister got hers. We had a bride with a Charles and Colvard ring, and I just remember noticing how sparkly and stunning it was. If you are a fan of simple and elegant solitaire engagement rings, Charles and Colvard will have a ton of options you love. My favorite is this oval side stone ring. It has the simplicity of a solitaire stone, with the added detail of the small side stones.
Most Charles and Colvard engagement rings run around $1,000-$2,000. However, we have some discount codes they gave us to pass along to our readers, which will make your purchase even MORE affordable:
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Did you know that Etsy has some AMAZING jewelry shops? The one thing I love about buying from Etsy is that you can filter any search to look at US-based shops. So, by starting on this link, you’ll see all that Etsy has to offer in the best moissanite engagement rings from US-based shops. Most of these rings are $250-$600, which makes them our MOST AFFORDABLE option, all while supporting an American small business!
You may ask yourself why Etsy Shops are able to sell theirs at such a lower cost. Well, the jewelry industry as a whole is notorious for having an extremely high markup. But if an Etsy Jeweler marks their product up more like other hand-made items on Etsy, that could easily be the reason you’re seeing a difference in cost compared to even the other jewelers on this list.
Of course there are SO many options here on Etsy, so how do you know which shop to start with? Well, we’ve done the research to help you discover only shops with GREAT reviews and TONS of successful sales. These Etsy shops have happy customers all over, and we’re confident you would be happy with them too:
Brilliant Earth is one of the most established and well-known conflict free jewelry companies out there. Read more of their story here. Their rings are fully customizable and they have options for moissanite and lab diamonds. You’ll spend around $1,500-$2,500 on a Brilliant Earth engagement ring.
4. KobelliKobelli is a jewelry shop that sells gorgeous moissanite and lab diamond jewelry on Amazon. Since they’re an Amazon seller, they have a TON of reviews on each item, so you can check out what other customers have to say. You’ll spend around $600-$1200 on a Kobelli ring through Amazon.
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5. DovEggDovEgg also sells gorgeous moissanite jewelry on Amazon. One thing I have noticed about DovEgg rings is that their center stone has a fairly low profile. Some people may love this, some people may hate it. But if you cringe at the idea of your ring getting caught on things or poking people, I would definitely check these out.
They have lots of beautiful ring designs, so I bet you will find a low profile ring you love! You’ll spend about $150-800 on a DovEgg ring on Amazon.
If you are open to this non-traditional stone for your engagement ring, chance are, you may like non-traditional ideas for your wedding as well. So, take a look at THIS ARTICLE I recently wrote about MICRO WEDDINGS. And of course, you’ll need a great wedding budget tool….so CLICK HERE for a free downloadable wedding budget spreadsheet. If you are planning a wedding in Chattanooga or the surrounding areas, we’d love to discuss wedding flowers and decor with you!
I wish you luck finding the perfect engagement ring, and of course, the perfect mate!
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