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If you have been in the market for a diamond ring lately, you have probably heard the mention of “moissanite rings”. Moissanite rings have become increasingly popular in the past few years. But you may be asking yourself why? What was so wrong with the traditional diamond ring? What is Moissanite? Is it acceptable as an engagement ring or gift? Does it look cheap? Will it last?
I’m Stephanie Lang, owner of Lang Floral Designs. I’ve been in the wedding industry for over a decade. This means, I’ve seen my fair share of engagement rings! In recent years, I have run across many (dare I say MOST) of my clients, who chose Moissanite rings over a traditional diamond.
Aren’t engagement rings supposed to be a surprise?
Well, in my experience, yes and no. Weddings and engagements have evolved drastically from the traditions our parents knew. These days, most couples discuss the marriage in great detail before the guy “pops the question.” And with such a costly and life-long purchase, many guys seek a ring “wishlist” from their girlfriends before making a purchase. Now, in my experience, the exact purchase and all the final details are still usually a secret. And even though the couple may have talked about marriage and rings before, the proposal is still a surprise…and definitely a big production. (Think a professional photographer hiding in the bushes, family members there to surprise the couple immediately after, and even maybe a massive party that night).
It is also becoming MUCH more common to make that huge purchase online, instead of at an old-fashioned retail jewelry store. Today’s young adults are far more comfortable navigating online reviews, website coupon codes, and the knowledge that a retail “brick-and-mortar” experience comes with a cost!
I mean, think about it. The last time you went to the mall, did you run across an item where you thought “Wow, I could get this way cheaper on Amazon”. Yeah, me too! In the early days of Moissanite rings, many people still felt the need to “touch and feel” this new type of gemstone. But as this point, many years into the moissanite craze, many of us have a friend or two (or a dozen!) who have a moissanite you can examine in person. But how do you decide if it’s right for you?
Why Moissanite Rings?
If you have recently been in the market for a ring, you have probably run across the term “conflict-free”. But you may be asking yourself what that means exactly. In short, the African diamond-mining industry has, in recent history, been highly corrupt This corruption has caused civil wars, violence, worker exploitation, and environmental degradation. The conflict is very extensive and ever evolving. The purpose of this blog is to inform you about moissanite, rather than turning you away from the diamond industry. So, I’ll spare you the politics and details, and let you do some research for yourself if you choose.
What are Moissanite Rings, and are they right for me?
Moissanite is a naturally occurring stone of silicon carbide. It was originally discovered by the French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893. Moissanite is used as a ring gemstone because of its hardness and optical properties. While moissanite exists naturally in the earth, it is so rare that most are created in a lab to produce pieces large enough to cut into gemstones. When cut and faceted, moissanite is by definition, the most brilliant gem in the world (this refers to light refraction and sparkle).
Here’s what Charles and Colvard says about Moissanite gemstones:
Moissanite is comparable to other popular gemstones including diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald on key characteristics such as hardness, fire and brilliance. On the Brilliance Refractive Index, moissanite is more brilliant than any other gemstone, ranging from 2.65-2.69 on the scale. Its fire dispersion is over 4x greater than any other popular gemstone. On the MOHs hardness scale, moissanite comes in second only to a diamond, measuring at 9.25. In addition, moissanite’s durability is excellent, meaning it will survive daily wear and tear.charlesandcolvard.com
Will Moissanite Rings last and do they look cheap?
The short answer; “Yes, it will last, and no, it does not contain any properties that we would consider “cheap-looking”. If you have more questions about the science behind a Moissanite stone, I would highly recommend checking out the Frequestly Asked Questions page of Charles and Colvard (one of the most highly respected and well-known online moissanite retailers out there).
Is it acceptable as an engagement ring?
In my personal opinion, the only person who can answer this question is the bride. If you are considering a moissanite engagement ring for your girlfriend, I would highly recommend checking with her to see if she’s okay with a stone that isn’t a traditional diamond. But in my experience, most of my brides chose Moissanite themselves after doing their own research. It appeals to them much more to be able to go with a larger stone, spend more on the wedding or honeymoon, or put back some money for a downpayment on a home. It’s really a matter of personal preference, but moissanite rings and other diamond alternatives are much more socially acceptable now than they were in our parents’ day and age.
Where to find the best Moissanite Rings
I recently wrote a blog with some great Moissanite online shops: TOP 5 MOISSANITE WEBSITES. However, here’s a quick overview:
- Forever Moissanite
They use only the top quality moissanite stones, and have a lifetime manufacturing warranty. I LOVE how easy to use their website is, and how you can customize each design.
- Charles and Colvard
In my experience, they are one of the most reputable and high quality moissanite dealers online.
Take a look at some of the photos people have added in their reviews:
Since Etsy.com is a collection of all sorts of handmade retailers, professionally crafted jewelry has a major presence here. (Who knew, right?!) A huge perk is that they are much more affordable than many other online jewelry store (probably because of the low overhead and lower markup of most Etsy shops).
Try THIS LINK to find all US based moissanite Etsy shops.
Here are a few of my favorite Etsy Moissanite Shops:
- PerfectLoverRing – U.S. based Etsy Shop, Star Seller, lots of great solitaire options.
- Yeefvm – U.S. based Etsy Shop, Star Seller with THOUSANDS of great reviews.
- Unique1one4U – This shop is not based in the U.S., but I personally purchased some moissanite earrings from them recently. I found their packaging, certification, and customer service to be EXCELLENT! Here are a few pictures of all I received with my earrings.
We hope these resources have helped you explore the idea of a Moissanite Ring. We wish you the best of luck finding the perfect one!
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