Moissanite: The Diamond Alternative

moissanite diamond between fingers

For decades, diamonds have been the prevailing choice for engagement rings. In recent years, lab-grown diamonds have grown in popularity due to their affordability and relatively low environmental footprint, but there’s another option on the market that many people might not yet be aware of.

History of Moissanite

Since 1998, moissanite has been exclusively produced by Charles & Colvard, as they are the sole owners of the patent. Moissanite was first discovered in a meteor crater in 1983 by Henri Moissan. The gem particles were found in a meteor crater and were originally believed to be diamonds. However, upon studying the gemstones, scientists determined that they were made from silicon carbide. It takes a trained eye to differentiate between a moissanite stone and a real diamond. As such, they have been growing in popularity since their 1998 market debut for people looking for a diamond alternative that’s a little gentler on the wallet. 

Why Are More People Choosing Moissanite For Their Engagement Ring?

  • Heightened Brilliance: Moissanite is beloved for its striking brilliance. It glitters on your hand. Moissanite stones are cut to have a heightened brilliance when compared to natural and lab-grown diamonds. 
  • Affordability: Choosing moissanite for your engagement ring may allow you to select a larger stone than if you had gone the route of a real diamond. Want that celebrity-style engagement ring? Moissanite may be the option for you. 
  • Unmatched Durability: In addition to its cost-effective benefits, moissanite is also known for its durability. Real diamonds are a 10 on the Mohs scale, while moissanite is a comparable 9.25. Its high score on the Mohs scale makes moissanite an excellent candidate for everyday jewelry, such as wedding and engagement jewelry. Unlike some of the other affordable diamond alternatives on the market, moissanite will not become cloudy or change color as it ages. 
  • Lower Environment Footprint: Due to natural moissanite’s rarity, almost all of the moissanite on the market is lab-created. This means that moissanite does not need to be mined, which is an environmental advantage. 

Moissanite: The Ideal Alternative to Diamond

Both moissanite stones and real diamonds are labeled as colorless, but moissanite stones can give off a yellow or grayish tone under certain light. Moissanite has developed a Forever Brilliant line of moissanite stones that have been graded and passed strict quality standards to meet the colorless criteria consumers expect in a diamond alternative. Forever Brilliant Moissanite is ideal for settings featuring large stones and statement pieces. 

To the untrained eye, moissanite is indistinguishable from a diamond of similar size. Moissanite is an excellent candidate for engagement jewelry. Choosing a moissanite center stone may also allow you the budget flexibility to accent it with real diamonds. Many jewelers and people who commission custom rings have begun to opt for jewelry that features both moissanite and real diamonds.

For more information about the growing trend of lab-grown diamonds and other diamond alternatives, trading in your diamond for moissanite, and how to sell your engagement ring, contact us today!

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