Mommy's Favorite Things: Moissanites Knocking Out Diamonds

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Moissanites Knocking Out Diamonds

It’s time to pop the question, Will you marry me? But you don’t know what type of ring to purchase for the engagement. Your family and friends have come up with several suggestions, most of which haven’t been helpful. Worse still, you are running out of time. Diamond engagement rings are beyond your reach. What do you do? This guide contains everything you need to know. Moissanites are ideal alternatives to diamonds. You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to purchase the ideal engagement ring for your spouse. And yes, your gemstone will serve you for a lifetime. Let’s find out more about moissanite in this guide.

Welcome to the World of Moissanites

If you’ve placed a diamond beside moissanite, you will notice one thing – their similarities. Both gemstones are similar to each other, making it challenging for a newbie to tell them apart. On closer inspection, moissanite gemstones give more radiance than its counterpart – thanks to their double-refraction properties. Their Brilliance Refractive Index ranges from 2.65 to 2.69, compared to diamonds (2.42). In the same vein, their fire dispersion sits at 0.104, compared to their counterparts, which scores 0.044.

When light rays enter the moissanite gemstone, they bend and split in half before exiting it, producing a rainbow effect. On the other hand, a diamond produces white refraction. For this reason, people are more attracted to moissanite than diamond. And on this note, the gemstone beats its counterpart hands down. You don’t have to be worried about ending up with a diamond replica or knock-off. When purchasing a moissanite gem, ensure it has a certification from Charles & Colvard, the only jewel manufacturer licensed to manufacture and distribute the jewel within and outside the U.S.

How Much Will I Spend on Moissanites?

Moissanites are not as expensive as diamonds. A one-carat GIA-certified diamond may set you back more than $4,000. For the same specifications, you will get a classic moissanite gemstone for $269 or Forever One Colorless Moissanite for $599. You don’t have to break a bank or empty your savings to own a moissanite engagement or wedding ring. Several factors influence the price of your gemstone, including cut, clarity, carat weight, and color.

Traditionally mined diamonds are expensive. But that’s not the only deal-breaker. Some of them come with questionable ethical manufacturing processes. Lab-grown diamonds are free of ethical baggage, but they don’t come cheap as well. The ideal alternative to these gemstones is moissanite. You can rock a moissanite engagement ring with a $400 budget.

Purchasing the Ideal Moissanite Gemstone

Moissanites have a vast range of color codes. There are three grades. Colorless moissanite falls in the D to F category. This gemstone is similar to the classic diamond. Near-colorless moissanite exists in the G to I category. Other moissanite gemstones come in various tints, which are within the J to K color code. It is worth noting that this representation is similar to the GIA diamond color grading scale. The grading spectrum may differ from one jeweler to another.

When selecting your moissanite gemstone, ensure that you have the right setting to augment its aesthetics. Ring bands come in various colors – rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold. Titanium bands increase your gemstone durability.